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4:50 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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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
The teleprompter did not break  —  Sarah Palin delivered a powerful speech last night, but she did not “wing it.”  —  That is what Erick Erickson, citing sources close to McCain, has written on his blog, RedState.  —  Erickson writes that “the teleprompter continued scrolling during applause breaks.
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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?
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.
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard Blog:
Newest Palin Smear: She Cut Special Needs Budget  —  I just watched CNN's Soledad O'Brien sandbag former White House Communications Director Nicole Wallace by asking her how Sarah Palin can claim to be a defender of special needs children when she cut the budget for that Alaska office by 62 percent.
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A PERFECTLY FUNCTIONING TELEPROMPTER.... Watching Sarah Palin's speech …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:   The GOP's cheerful viciousness
Lauren Beckham Falcone / Boston Herald:
Stylists to passe Sarah Palin: Let your hair down
Marc Ambinder:
It's Going To Be Palin's September
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: No Dent in Obama Lead So Far  —  Obama holds 7-point lead in latest results  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama continues to hold a lead over John McCain, 49% to 42%, in the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update.  —  The results are based on interviewing conducted Sept. 1-3.
Discussion: The New Republic and Slog
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Alexander Marquardt / CNN:
Obama didn't expect ginger treatment from Palin  —  PITTSBURGH (CNN) - Senior Obama adviser David Axelrod appeared unfazed by Sarah Palin's tough speech in St. Paul Wednesday night, telling reporters Thursday Barack Obama watched a bit of her speech and took it in stride.
David Frum:
More Thoughts on Palin  —  Credit where it's due!  —  That was an amazing performance by Sarah Palin last night.  She delivered a powerful, clever, and deftly savage speech - but even more important, she projected through the speech a personality at once charismatic and down to earth, feminine yet tough.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and PoliBlog (TM)
Irene Jay Liu / Capitol confidential:
Giuliani takes no prisoners
Richard Starr / Weekly Standard Blog:   Sarah Palin's ‘Position on the Issues’
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Westmoreland calls Obama ‘uppity’  —  Georgia Republican Rep. Lynn Westmoreland used the racially-tinged term “uppity” to describe Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama Thursday.  —  Westmoreland was discussing vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's speech with reporters outside …
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 …
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 …
ABCNEWS:
Fired Alaskan Official Says Palin Hasn't Been Truthful  —  Monegan Says He Was Fired For His Refusal to Fire Governor's Former Brother-In-Law  —  The fired Alaskan official, whose dismissal has become the subject of a state senate committee's investigation of Gov. Sarah Palin …
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Lisa Demer / Anchorage Daily News:
Palin aide bails on talking to Legislature
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Megan McArdle:
Thoughts on Sarah Palin  —  They're a little scattered, since I spent the speech lying in bed and wheezing.  So, bullet points.  — This woman is an Obama-level political natural.  She is a ferociously good speaker, and almost preternaturally composed.
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: Liberal Values and Booman Tribune
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS.  —  Chris Hayes fires back on Giuliani and Palin's mockery of “community organizers”: … Adam Serwer agrees: … But look, let's call a spade a spade: When Giuliani sneered about community organizers on the “South side” of Chicago, it's pretty clear what he's saying …
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: Associated Press and The Reaction
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Dan / Riehl World View:   Sullivan Shoots For Palin, Hits Foot
 
 
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THE WASHINGTON POST — NEVER MORE THAN A SENTENCE AWAY FROM A …
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Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Credit where it's due
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