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9:30 PM ET, August 29, 2008

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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.
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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.
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] …
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post and The Daily Dish
John Harwood / CNBC.com:
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin Is McCain's VP Pick: Source  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a self-styled “hockey mom” who has only been governor for a little over a year, is GOP Presidential candidate John McCain's choice for Vice President, CNBC has learned.  —  According to a Republican strategist …
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?
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.
New York Times:
McCain Chooses Palin as Running Mate  —  DAYTON, Ohio — In a surprise move, Senator John McCain announced here Friday that he had chosen Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska as his running mate, shaking up the political world at a time when his campaign has been trying to attract women …
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: TIME.com
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Rahm: ‘Panic’  —  Rahm Emanuel piles on: … As a reader points out, this is a pick that pumps up both sides.  Democrats genuinely see it as a sign of panic.  Republicans are thrilled that McCain picked a real conservative, with a compelling story and a real presences besides.
Discussion: MSNBC
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.
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 …
Discussion: Kevin Drum
Brandon Keim / Wired Science:
McCain's VP Wants Creationism Taught in School
Discussion: Little Green Footballs and Hot Air
Matt / Think Progress:
McCain's VP Choice Is Under Ethics Investigation For Abuse Of Power In Alaska
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Palin Pick Leaves Bruised Feelings
Discussion: CBN.com, Daily Kos, The Swamp and MyDD
Jen Murphy / Wall Street Journal:
Gov. Sarah Palin: Midnight runs and caribou dinners
Discussion: The Caucus
Timothy Noah / Slate:
Sarah Palin, Web Invention
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Michael Scherer / Swampland:   Dobson Says He Will Vote McCain
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
PALIN: A SCANDAL WE CAN BELIEVE IN!
Discussion: Majikthise and TPMMuckraker
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Tread Carefully Regarding Palin
Lorenzo Benet / People.com:
Five Things You Didn't Know About Sarah Palin
Discussion: The Seattle Times
New York Times:
McCain and Palin in Dayton, Ohio
Dan Gerstein / NY Daily News:
John McCain's dangerous gamble on Sarah Palin
Discussion: Marc Ambinder and Newshoggers.com
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Palin bursts onto the stage with praise for Hillary
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Palin and the Women's Vote
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:   A Maverick Choice  —  The wisdom or error in selecting Palin …
Peter Robinson / The Corner:
Why Sarah Palin is No Dan Quayle
Discussion: Liberty Street
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:   Wexler: Palin a ‘far-right, pro-life zealot’
Sara Just / Political Radar:   How Palin Came to the Top of the List
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:   The Obama Campaign's First Impulse...
NARAL Pro-Choice America:
McCain Selects Anti-Choice Sarah Palin as Running Mate
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:   Palin?!  —  As something of a Palin booster, I'm having …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   He'd Met Her Once!  —  John McCain first met Palin in February …
Faiz / Think Progress:
Palin didn't like Hillary Clinton's ‘perceived whine.’
Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice:
Palin on “Troopergate” and Abortion
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)
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Steve / Nielsen Wire:
Obama Speech, Final Day Of DNC Reaches A Quarter Of American Households
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
FOX: ALASKA IS NEXT TO RUSSIA!  —  Yes she does have foreign policy experience, says Fox's Steve Doocy.  Alaska is right next to Russia!!!
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Ben / Think Progress:
Doocy: Palin knows about foreign policy because Alaska is 'right …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
 
 
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Palin on Clinton  —  Here's that video — a must-watch …
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