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1:35 AM ET, September 1, 2008

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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Things That Make You Go Hmmm  —  Questions for the McCain-Palin campaign: … It strikes me as likely that there are reasonable answers to these questions - more reasonable than the only one given so far - … and the rumors buzzing across the Internets and the press corps are unfounded and unseemly.
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Rich Lowry / The Corner:
Trig Paxson Van Palin  —  I meant to post this the other day (so please don't take it as a response to Rick—in fact it might constitute pleading guilty as charged!), but I got sidetracked.  I found the Palin event Friday incredibly moving.  Partly because of Trig.
Amanda Carpenter / TownHall Blog:
Lefty Bloggers Go After Palin's Daughter  —  Members of the lefty blogosphere haven't stopped perpetuating the rumor Sarah Palin “faked” her last pregnancy and are now humiliating her daughter Bristol on the blatantly incorrect suspicion she is the real mother of baby Trig.
Discussion: Wake up America and Don Surber
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
BECAUSE OF THE HYPOCRISY!  [NOW UPDATED WITH EVEN MORE DASTARDLY HYPOCRISYNESS!]  —  Time to keep a running list of Sarah Palin's sins — lovingly gathered, mostly in crazed speculative form, by members of the Church of Diversity and Otherness Coddling, and reprinted here, with my gloss, for your delectation.
Nancy Dillon / NY Daily News:
Sarah Palin's mother-in-law uncertain about how she'll vote
The Huffington Post:
McCain Camp Didn't Search Palin's Hometown Paper Archives  —  The McCain campaign has gone to great lengths to present the selection of Sarah Palin as one made after a careful, meticulous vetting process.  But evidence continues to suggest that the Arizona Republican made his VP choice with surprising haste.
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Hilzoy / Washington Monthly:
Borderline  —  This is amazing: … The more I learn about this choice, the more it reminds me of Bush's choice of Harriet Miers.  I don't think it's at all similar in its political ramifications — Miers' nomination was seen as a betrayal by social conservatives, the very people who are thrilled by Sarah Palin.
Discussion: Daily Kos and The RBC
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain chief hits Obama for playing politics as Gustav looms  —  John McCain's campaign manager today accused Barack Obama of practicing politics as Hurricane Gustav bears down on the Gulf Coast.  —  Rick Davis, in a brief interview following a pep talk he gave to convention volunteers in St. Paul …
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Washington Wire:
Obama's First Shot at Palin Focuses on Equal Pay
Discussion: www.redstate.com
Mosheh Oinounou / FOX Embeds:
McCain talks Palin on Fox News Sunday  —  As Democrats slam his new runningmate as unprepared for the Oval Office, Sen. McCain defended Palin's experience and readiness during his interview with Fox News Sunday.  Referring to her as a “soulmate,” McCain argued that her executive experience makes …
Discussion: PrestoPundit
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Michael Kinsley / Slate:
No Experience Necessary  —  HOW SARAH PALIN MADE THE GOP CHANGE ITS MIND ABOUT PRESIDENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS.  —  In a famous example of ideological flexibility, the American Communist Party changed its mind completely about Adolf Hitler in 1939, when he signed a deal with Stalin.
Arnab Datta / Political Punch:
Oh, That Joe!  (Number 4 in a Series) — Biden on Difference Between Him and Palin: “She's Good Looking”  —  In his introduction of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., just now on the rooftop of the Toldeo Public Library, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., commented on the pulchritude of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin …
Discussion: TownHall Blog, Commentary and Hot Air
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
The Palin effect: crowd size  —  17,000+ today for the McCain-Palin rally outside of St. Louis, according to a Secret Service magnetometer count provided by the campaign.  —  As one veteran of Missouri politics said, that's the sort of crowd usually seen in October for a president — not in August for a candidate.
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Sidney Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:   Why Palin? McCain v. Rove
CNN:
CNN Poll: Obama 49, McCain 48  —  ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) — On the eve of the Republican convention, a new national poll suggests the race for the White House remains dead even.  —  A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released Sunday night shows the Obama-Biden ticket leading the McCain-Palin ticket …
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Washington Post:   With Palin on the Ticket, Evangelicals Are Energized
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
IS SARAH PALIN A TOKEN?
Discussion: Chicago Boyz and Betsy's Page
Tom Kizzia / Anchorage Daily News:
Palin touts stance on ‘Bridge to Nowhere,’ doesn't note flip-flop  —  When John McCain introduced Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate Friday, her reputation as a tough-minded budget-cutter was front and center.  —  “I told Congress, thanks but no thanks on that bridge to nowhere,” …
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Mary Pemberton / Associated Press:   Critics: Palin used ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ for gain
Noemie Emery / Weekly Standard Blog:
What Gustav Does  —  (1) Gets Bush out of St. Paul, where he would have given a speech that the media and the Democrats would have pounced on, and puts him in the eye of the storm, doing the nation's business, where he will be welcomed and greeted by friendly Republican governors.
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Ross Douthat:
Will McCain Ruin Palin?
Discussion: The Jed Report
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The National Security Defense  —  Even Jonah Goldberg realizes the commander-in-chief of Alaska's National Guard line is “really lame” for the party of Eisenhower.  But the “Alaska-Is-Close-To-Russia” argument by Cindy McCain.  This is what the GOP's national security analysis now is!
Discussion: Pam's House Blend and The Corner
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Randyj / TIME.com:
Dead Heat  —  From CNN/Opinion Research Center:  —  Obama 49, McCain 48  —  Gov. Palin's approval: 38%, with 21% unfavorable and 41% never heard of her or have no opinion.  —  First poll with both tickets complete.
Discussion: The Other McCain
David Carr / New York Times:
In Denver, a Thousand Little Pieces  —  The party held by Vanity Fair and Google on the last night of the Democratic convention in Denver had all the A-list juice you might expect, with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Madeleine Albright mixing it up with Spike Lee, Jamie Foxx and Susan Sarandon.
Discussion: Jack & Jill Politics
Washington Wire:
Obama Says Storm Raises ‘Bipartisan Concerns’  —  Corey Dade in Toledo, Ohio, reports on the presidential race.  —  Barack Obama said a storm like Hurricane Gustav raises “bipartisan concerns” and it's “fine” that John McCain visited Mississippi's emergency operations center Sunday morning .
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Arnab Datta / Political Radar:
Ex-Dem Chair Apologizes for Hurricane Remark
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