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5:00 PM ET, August 30, 2008

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The Politico:
6 things the Palin pick says about McCain  —  The selection of a running mate is among the most consequential, most defining decisions a presidential nominee can make.  John McCain's pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says a lot about his decison-making — and some of it is downright breathtaking.
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Rasmussen Reports:
Palin Makes Good First Impression: Is Viewed More Favorably than Biden  —  Sarah Palin has made a good first impression.  Before being named as John McCain's running mate, 67% of voters didn't know enough about the Alaska governor to have an opinion.  After her debut in Dayton and a rush …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Desperation from Democrats  —  Now that almost a full day has passed since John McCain has named Sarah Palin as his running mate, we can already see the themes his political opponents will take in criticizing her.  Irony runs through a number of these arguments, as most of them apply …
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Continues to Lead 49% to 41%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama maintains an eight percentage point lead over John McCain when registered voters nationwide are asked whom they would vote for in the presidential election if it were held today, according to the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking figures.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
QUOTE OF THE DAY.... I'm not sure if the McCain campaign has thought this line through. … First, it's not an especially good idea for top McCain aides to joke about whether McCain is going to survive four years in office.  —  Second, it's not an especially good idea to describe McCain as …
Daily Kos:
Palin's faked “pregnancy”?  Covering for teen daughter?  UPDATE #2!  —  Okay, I just have to diary about this, although in many ways this falls into the “none of our business category”.  —  But it appears that Pallin's last child, a baby with Down's syndrome, may not be hers.
Mark Halperin / TIME.com:
Obama on “60 Minutes”  —  IN HIS FIRST REACTION TO JOHN MCCAIN'S RUNNING MATE,  —  BARACK OBAMA SAYS SARAH PALIN IS “AN UP-AND-COMING  —  PUBLIC SERVANT” — SUNDAY ON “60 MINUTES”  —  Dem.  Presidential Nominee Says He Picked Joe Biden as His Running Mate
Discussion: The New Republic and TownHall Blog
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
The story behind the Palin surprise  —  John McCain on Friday announced a running mate whom he met only six months ago and with whom he spoke just once on the phone about the position before offering it in person earlier this week.  —  McCain's first encounter with Sarah Palin came …
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Voters uncertain on Palin  —  ST. PAUL — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin faces a getting-to-know-you process as the Republican vice presidential candidate, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds: Most Americans say they've never heard of her.  —  There is also wide uncertainty about whether she's qualified to be president.
Nate / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Women View Palin More Skeptically than Men
Will Lester / Associated Press:
Clinton urges support for Obama, says stakes high
Discussion: Sadly, No! and Feministe
Little Green Footballs:
Obama Campaign Behind Anti-Palin Smear Site?  —  Suddenly appearing among the Google search results for “sarah palin gay,” a web site titled: Sarah Palin Supports Gay Rights. … Interesting.  There's nothing else on the page.  This sure looks like the work of the dastardly right-wing anti-gay attack machine, doesn't it?
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Anchorage Daily News:
Choice stuns state politicians  —  John McCain's choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate stunned and divided Alaska political leaders on Friday.  Supporters said she was a shrewd choice, but others argued Palin has no business being a heartbeat away from the presidency.
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
The hostess with the moosest  —  Over in the Frumistan province of the NR caliphate, our pal David is not happy about the Palin pick.  I am - for several reasons.  —  First, Governor Palin is not merely, as Jay describes her, “all-American”, but hyper-American.
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Shannen Coffin / The Corner:
Palin Pick  —  I was travelling on business yesterday, so had some time to reflect on the pick before posting my reaction.  My immediate reaction to the announcement was relief.  Given the options that McCain was considering, at least he chose someone who is apparently conservative both socially and fiscally.
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The New Republic:   Where We Stand: Advantage Obama
Julia Hoppock / Political Radar:
Cindy McCain tells Stephanopoulos that Obama Offended Her  —  ABC News' George Stephanopoulos reports: Democrats' attacks on her family's wealth are unfair and offensive, Cindy McCain said today in an interview airing tomorrow on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”
Discussion: TIME.com and Post-Ed Notes
MataHarley / Flopping Aces:
Palin's Trooper'Gate: Beating MSM distortions to the truth  —  **Welcome readers from Lucianne, Ace of Spades, Gateway Pundit, Protein Wisdom, The Corner, Wizbang, The Strata-Sphere, Macsmind, and Memeorandum....thanks for the link!  It's been over 12 hours now since Alaskan Governor, Sarah Palin, has been named as GOP choice of Veep.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE CRIME AND THE COVER-UP.... At her kickoff event in Ohio yesterday …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Bring It On!
Moira Whelan / The Huffington Post:
What's wrong with this Hurricane?  —  I just noticed that the daily brief customarily done in advance of a hurricane is happening because Gustov is bearing down on the Gulf Coast...but a big shift here: the briefing is being given by NORTHCOM.  So what does this tell us and why does it matter?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
GOP grassroots on fire  —  I've been covering the GOP presidential race since November of 2006.  In those many months — across many states — I have never seen a crowd with the energy that I witnessed yesterday at the Erwin Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio.  —  Yes, there was an inherent buzz owing to the pending veep announcement.
Discussion: Hot Air and American Spectator
Absentee / www.redstate.com:
Fowler Fouls: Hurricane is God's Favor to Democrats  —  Plus, it's totally funny!  —  On a plane from Denver to Charlotte following the Democrats' convention, I found myself seated behind former National Chairman of the Democratic National Committee Don Fowler and Congressman John Spratt of South Carolina.
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Swords Crossed
 
 
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Washington Wire:
Hurricane Gustaf Forces Some Changes in GOP Convention
Discussion: TalkLeft
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
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Worst Pick Ever?
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Palin boosts McCain's online haul
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Paul Begala / CNN:
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Obama tiptoes around Palin in new ad
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