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12:30 AM ET, August 30, 2008

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Christopher Hayes / The Nation:
Sarah Palin, Buchananite  —  Very quickly.  Remember when Pat Buchanan ran a number of hard-right, fringe campaigns for president in the late 1980s, 1990s and 2000?  Well, guess who was supporting him:  —  From an AP report in 1999: … In fact, [a very committed Buchananite] …
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Karen Breslau / Newsweek:
Palin in the Green Room  —  NEWSWEEK's Karen Breslau shares a personal moment with the Alaska governor.  —  When Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin arrived backstage for our NEWSWEEK Women & Leadership Event in Los Angeles last March, John McCain had just wrapped up the GOP nomination.
Washington Post:
Exclusive: Chief Fired by Palin Speaks Out  —  The July firing of Alaska Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan by Gov. Sarah Palin, who was announced as John McCain's running mate on Friday, has unearthed a stream of soap-opera-like details about Palin, her husband, her family and top state appointees.
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
Cold Water on Palin  —  Both the pros and the cons are pretty obvious.  I'm going to focus on the cons, mostly because conservatives right now seem to be paying them less attention.  —  The pros: She's a pro-life conservative reformer from outside Washington, and a woman.
Jim Lindgren / The Volokh Conspiracy:
PALIN A HUGE HIT AT THE CLINTON FORUM.— You would not believe how the Sarah Palin pick is playing out at the Hillary Clinton Forum (tip to a VC commenter).  In order, these are all the posts on the first (and only) page I've looked at (page 8 of the Palin thread; this link may not point to exactly the same posts).
Greg Veis / The New Republic:
An Astonishingly Arrogant V.P. Selection  —  It may be John McCain's birthday, but it seems like he's the one giving out gifts today.  The selection of Palin doesn't simply, as others have pointed out, undermine the notion that Obama is too inexperienced to be president …
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Stretches Lead to 8 Points  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking finds Barack Obama moving to an eight percentage point lead over John McCain, 49% to 41%.  —  Obama's significant lead over McCain almost certainly reflects the effects of the Democratic National Convention.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Palin dissed veep job  —  If Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin got the job as running mate for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), count her as one of the most surprised.  —  In an interview just a month ago, she dissed the job, saying it didn't seem “productive.”  —  In fact, she said she doesn't know what the vice president does.
Brian Stelter / TV Decoder:
38 Million View Obama's Speech; Highest-Rated Convention In History  —  A crowd gathers on the lawn near the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia to hear the acceptance speech of Barack Obama on a giant TV screen.  (Bradley C Bower/Associated Press)
Ron Fournier / Associated Press:
Analysis: Palin's age, inexperience rival Obama's  —  Featured Topics: - John McCain - Barack Obama  —  DENVER - John McCain's risky choice of Gov. Sarah Palin gives him a running mate who doubles down on his maverick image, may appeal to “hockey moms” and other women, and counters Barack Obama's aura of new-generation change.
Akmuckraker / Mudflats:
What is McCain Thinking?  One Alaskan's Perspective. … “Is this a joke?”  That seemed to be the question du jour when my phone started ringing off the hook at 6:45am here in Alaska.  I mean, we're sort of excited that our humble state has gotten some kind of national ‘nod’....but seriously?
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Palin on Iraq  —  Make of this what you will:  —  I, frankly, have no idea what she's trying to say here.  Apparently the McCain campaign didn't think it was important to brief her on their Iraq policy before she did an interview with Time  —  UPDATE: Apologies, I misunderstood …
Brad Plumer / The New Republic:
Did Palin Really Fight The “Bridge To Nowhere”?  —  Republicans have been heavily touting Sarah Palin's reformist credentials, with her supposed opposition to Alaska's “Bridge to Nowhere” as Exhibit A. But how hard did she really fight the project?  Not very, it seems.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama distances himself from “hair-trigger” campaign criticism  —  At a stop in Monaca, Pa., Barack Obama seemed to distance himself from his campaign's first, harshly critical response to the Palin pick.  —  “I think that, uh, you know, campaigns start getting these, uh, hair triggers and …
Discussion: Political Punch
Jen Murphy / Wall Street Journal:
Gov. Sarah Palin: Midnight runs and caribou dinners  —  Coming Saturday Sept. 6 in the debut issue of WSJ.  Magazine, a conversation with Gov. Sarah Palin about her unusual workout and fitness routine.  Preview excerpt  —  Gov. Sarah Palin has always been a runner.
Discussion: The Caucus
Jon Soltz / The Huffington Post:
60 Days To Judge a Commander in Chief?  —  I'm going to be very blunt, here.  I wish Senator McCain a very long and happy life.  But, at age 72 with a history of cancer, John McCain may not live through his first term, if elected.  That would make Sarah Palin our Commander in Chief.
David Frum:
Palin  —  The longer I think about it, the less well this selection sits with me.  And I increasingly doubt that it will prove good politics.  The Palin choice looks cynical.  The wires are showing.  —  John McCain wanted a woman: good.  —  He wanted to keep conservatives and pro-lifers happy: naturally.
Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice:
The Fully Vetted Sarah Palin
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:   Rep. Diana DeGette: Palin Choice an “Insult to Women”
Time:
Why McCain Picked Palin
Brandon Keim / Wired Science:
McCain's VP Wants Creationism Taught in School
Discussion: Hot Air
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Rahm: ‘Panic’
Discussion: MSNBC
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Palin Pick Leaves Bruised Feelings
Discussion: CBN.com, Time, Daily Kos, The Swamp and MyDD
William Yardley / New York Times:   Sarah Palin, an Outsider Who Charms
Lorenzo Benet / People.com:
Five Things You Didn't Know About Sarah Palin
Discussion: The Seattle Times
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Right On Time  —  At TPMMuckraker we've been on the Palin/Trooper-gate story for a while.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
PALIN: A SCANDAL WE CAN BELIEVE IN!
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Timothy Noah / Slate:
Sarah Palin, Web Invention
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Agence France Presse:   Obama campaign highlights Palin's ‘zero’ experience
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Palin and the Women's Vote
Peter Robinson / The Corner:
Why Sarah Palin is No Dan Quayle
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Dan Gerstein / NY Daily News:
John McCain's dangerous gamble on Sarah Palin
Discussion: Roll Call and Upturned Earth
John Harwood / CNBC.com:
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin Is McCain's VP Pick: Source
David Harsanyi / Post-Ed Notes:
The libertarian VP candidate
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice:
Palin on “Troopergate” and Abortion
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Tread Carefully Regarding Palin
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy and Corrente
Guardian:   Who is Sarah Palin?
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
FOX: ALASKA IS NEXT TO RUSSIA!
Discussion: Liberal Values
Sara Just / Political Radar:
How Palin Came to the Top of the List
Discussion: The Hill
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:   A Maverick Choice  —  The wisdom or error in selecting Palin …
 
 
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Palin on Clinton  —  Here's that video — a must-watch …
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