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12:50 PM ET, September 4, 2008

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Erick Erickson / www.redstate.com:
BREAKING: Sarah Palin “Winged” Her Speech Because of “Broken” Teleprompter  —  Halfway through Sarah Palin's speech tonight at the RNC, people following the speech noticed she was deviating from the prepared text.  —  According to sources close to the McCain campaign, the teleprompter continued scrolling during applause breaks.
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Ross Douthat:
Free Advice For Democrats  —  I'll have more to say about Sarah Palin's speech at some point tomorrow - I saw it live, from the press stand in St. Paul, which was perhaps not the ideal venue from which to judge its television impact - but based on the reactions I've heard and read to date …
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Why the media should apologize  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. — On behalf of the media, I would like to say we are sorry.  —  On behalf of the elite media, I would like to say we are very sorry.  —  We have asked questions this week that we should never have asked.  —  We have asked pathetic questions like: Who is Sarah Palin?
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
Focus Group: Palin Was (Alarmingly) Strong  —  Several moderate-Democrat friends of mine have been emailing—few if any would ever vote for McCain—but all agree that Palin was very strong.  The more liberal among them are a little panicked.  —  I completely misjudged how negative she would be.
Detroit Free Press:
Free Press voter panel reacts to Palin's speech  —  “Originally, I was a not too happy about McCain's choice for a running mate, Sarah Palin ... However, after her speech tonight I am beginning to see her in a different light.  She seems like a real fighter, someone who would stick …
Hilzoy / Washington Monthly:
Factchecking Palin  —  I thought Palin's speech was quite good: well-written, well delivered.  And, as I said earlier, I think she's a genuinely engaging person, and comes across very well.  There were just a couple of problems.  One, which I have seen people notice, but which I suspect …
Mark Kleiman / The RBC:
Palin v. Reality  —  Well, that was quick.  —  The Obama campaign is doing its job.  —  Now we get to see whether the media will do their job, or whether they will be cowed into submission.  I'm not taking bets either way  —  PALIN: “Our opponents say, again and again …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and Booman Tribune
Rasmussen Reports:
51% Say Reporters Are Trying To Hurt Palin; 39% Say She Has Better Experience Than Obama  —  Over half of U.S. voters (51%) think reporters are trying to hurt Sarah Palin with their news coverage, and 24% say those stories make them more likely to vote for Republican presidential candidate John McCain in November.
John Dickerson / Slate:
WHY THE SMILING, SUDDEN, RELENTLESS SARAH PALIN SHOULD SCARE DEMOCRATS.  —  Drill, baby, drill.  Sarah Palin was relentless in her speech Wednesday night.  She drilled Barack Obama, elites, San Francisco, the press, and civil libertarians.  She even went after Michelle Obama.
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Palin attacks ‘shrill and sarcastic,’ says Reid spokesman  —  (CNN) — A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is hitting back hard at Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's speech Wednesday night, calling it “shrill and sarcastic.”  —  “Anyone who knows Senator Reid knows …
James Fallows:
Sarah Palin  —  Twice in modern history very strong convention speeches have elevated politicians to an entirely different level of future potential and prominence.  One, of course, was Barack Obama's keynote at the convention in Boston four years ago.  The other, which I remember watching …
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Attacks, praise stretch truth at GOP convention  —  Featured Topics: - John McCain - Barack Obama  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her Republican supporters held back little Wednesday as they issued dismissive attacks on Barack Obama and flattering praise on her credentials to be vice president.
Lauren Beckham Falcone / Boston Herald:
Stylists to passe Sarah Palin: Let your hair down
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Nate / FiveThirtyEight.com:   Cognitive Dissonance  —  Virtually all of the conservative commentariat …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:   The GOP's cheerful viciousness
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard Blog:
Newest Palin Smear: She Cut Special Needs Budget
Sean / FiveThirtyEight.com:
A Great Speech, For Both Bases
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:   Not Taking A Page From Hillary: Why Palin's Speech Erred
The New Republic:
Palin's Big Night
Discussion: FOX Forum
Jay Nordlinger / The Corner:
Pointlets on Palin  —  1. She's one of the most talented politicians …
Discussion: Soccer Dad
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
HOW CAN SMART PEOPLE SAY SUCH DUMB THINGS ABOUT SARAH PALIN?  —  At times like these, I'm relieved that I don't cover elections.  There's bum DNA in my heart, and the agita might send me keeling over.  —  How else to react to the sight of sophisticated people saying, with impressively straight faces …
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Gloria Steinem / Los Angeles Times:
Palin: wrong woman, wrong message  —  Sarah Palin shares nothing but a chromosome with Hillary Clinton.  She is Phyllis Schlafly, only younger.  —  Here's the good news: Women have become so politically powerful that even the anti-feminist right wing — the folks with a headlock on the Republican Party …
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Detroit Free Press:
Mayor: ‘I lied under oath’  —  He'll resign, serve 120 days in jail, repay $1M, surrender law license  —  Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has pleaded guilty, ending a nearly eight month drama that has transfixed the region, paralyzed much of city business and halted a political career that once held such promise.
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Susan Saulny / New York Times:
Detroit Mayor Pleads Guilty, Agrees to Resign
Discussion: TalkLeft
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Wasilla: The Meth Capital Of Alaska  —  More background on the social problems of the home-town of Sarah Palin:
Discussion: Riehl World View
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Associated Press:
Troopers dub Mat-Su area the meth capital of Alaska
Elana Schor / Guardian:
Obama might pursue criminal charges against Bush  —  Democratic vice-presidential nominee Joe Biden said yesterday that he and running mate Barack Obama could pursue criminal charges against the Bush administration if they are elected in November.  —  Biden's comments, first reported by ABC news …
Marc Ambinder:
McCain Campaign Sees Changed Map With Palin  —  Gov. Sarah Palin may well draw larger crowds than Sen. John McCain ever did, and the McCain campaign plans to take advantage: they're filling a calendar that will find her deployed to places where McCain can't go, places where McCain's gone and fallen flat …
Laura Bush / Vanity Fair:
Cindy McCain's $300,000 Outfit  —  One of the persistent memes in the Republican line of attack against Barack Obama is the notion that he is an elitist, whereas the G.O.P. represent real working Americans like Levi “F-in' Redneck” Johnston.  —  It caught our attention, then …
 
 
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