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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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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.
Discussion: The RBC
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
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).
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.
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
Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice:
The Fully Vetted Sarah Palin  —  Keep in mind, before we wind up the Friday night activities in Blogistan, that this is still only ten hours after the announcement of Sarah Palin as John McCain's VP announcement caught so many of us flat-footed.  In ten hours, though, the hits keep on coming.
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Three Words  —  Think about what the Palin pick really says about how McCain views this campaign and how he views his potential responsibilities in national security.  —  Think about what it says about the sincerity of McCain's own central criticism of Obama these past two months in foreign affairs.
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 and Debbie Schlussel
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.
Sara Just / Political Radar:
How Palin Came to the Top of the List
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Hill
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:   How McCain picked Palin
David Frum / National Post:
Palin the irresponsible choice?
Discussion: Election Law
Lorenzo Benet / People.com:
Five Things You Didn't Know About Sarah Palin
Discussion: The Seattle Times
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Clinton congratulates Palin
Discussion: Founding Bloggers
Agence France Presse:
Obama campaign highlights Palin's ‘zero’ experience
Discussion: www.redstate.com
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Palin Pick Leaves Bruised Feelings
Discussion: CBN.com, MyDD and Daily Kos
Michelle Malkin:
Poll time: Are you pumped?
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:   Rep. Diana DeGette: Palin Choice an “Insult to Women”
Time:
The Palin Pick: Bold or Disastrous?
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Peter Robinson / The Corner:
Why Sarah Palin is No Dan Quayle
David Harsanyi / Post-Ed Notes:
The libertarian VP candidate
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.
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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] …
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?
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.
Time:
Why McCain Picked Palin
William Yardley / New York Times:   Sarah Heath Palin, an Outsider Who Charms
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Right On Time  —  At TPMMuckraker we've been on the Palin/Trooper-gate story for a while.
Ben Smith / The Politico:   Rahm: ‘Panic’
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Buchanan: Palin was a ‘brigader for me’ in '96
Discussion: MyDD
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
UH-OH  —  The Post's James Grimaldi got an exclusive interview …
Discussion: MyDD and Wonkette
Brandon Keim / Wired Science:
McCain's VP Wants Creationism Taught in School
Discussion: Hot Air and Little Green Footballs
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
PALIN: A SCANDAL WE CAN BELIEVE IN!
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Majikthise
New York Times:
Obama's Speech Is a TV Hit, With Viewers and Commentators Alike  —  At least 40 million Americans watched Senator Barack Obama accept the Democratic nomination for president Thursday night, a record for convention viewership that exceeded even the expectations of his aides.
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Brian Stelter / TV Decoder:
38 Million View Obama's Speech; Highest-Rated Convention In History
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Nielsen Wire
 
 
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Dems armed with Palin opposition
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Palin on Clinton  —  Here's that video — a must-watch …
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