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4:30 PM ET, August 23, 2008

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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
FOURNIER IS AT IT AGAIN.... The latest piece from Ron Fournier, the AP's Washington bureau chief and the man responsible for directing the wire service's coverage of the presidential campaign, on Joe Biden joining the Democratic ticket, is drawing a fair amount of attention this morning.
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Ron Fournier / Associated Press:
Analysis: Biden pick shows lack of confidence  —  Featured Topics: - John McCain - Barack Obama  —  DENVER - The candidate of change went with the status quo.  —  In picking Sen. Joe Biden to be his running mate, Barack Obama sought to shore up his weakness — inexperience in office …
New York Times:
Obama Chooses Biden as Running Mate  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Barack Obama has chosen Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware to be his running-mate, turning to a leading authority on foreign policy and a longtime Washington hand to fill out the Democratic ticket, people told of the decision said.
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
HAPPINESS IS A THING CALLED JOE  —  Barack Obama's selection of Joe Biden as his running mate is underwhelming for many reasons, but it affords an opportunity to review a few of the moments that might have provided all the embarrassment a normal man would have needed to escape from public life.
Discussion: Hot Air, The Corner and Israel Matzav
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Looks Like The Obama Campaign Laid An Egg  —  By way of the Ace we see this image hosted at the Obama website (I am not the most computer-savvy guy going, but I am satisfied this is no spoof.)  —  Coupled as it is with the Biden announcement, I can only infer that the Obamaites think they laid an egg (no dissent here).
Howard Wolfson / The New Republic:
Pick Up  —  How Biden strengthens Obama.  —  I have long been on record in support of Hillary Clinton for v.p., but it is clear that was never in the offing.  Clinton aside, Joe Biden was the best possible pick for Senator Obama.  Here's why:  —  RELATED CONTENT  —  Slideshow: Joe Biden's Career
Discussion: TalkLeft, Gotham Acme and TIME.com
Jon Cohen / Washington Post:
New Data: Impact of Biden  —  Barack Obama's choice of Joe Biden as his running mate is unlikely to shake-up the presidential horse race.  In a new Washington Post-ABC News poll completed last night, three-quarters of voters said picking Biden would not sway their votes one way or the other.
Discussion: Kevin Drum
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
D Minus-2: Gonzo on Veeps … For some reason, the late Dr. G0nzo's words keep haunting me this year.  While so many of the circumstances in this year's election are unprecedented ("vuja de," as George Carlin would say), Team Obama keeps making moves that recall the absurd overconfidence …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
New McCain Ad Hits Biden, Airs Footage Of Him Saying He'd Run With McCain  —  The McCain campaign is already out with a tough new spot hitting Joe Biden, Obama's new running mate, and airing quotes from the primary where Biden questioned Obama's readiness to lead:
Rasmussen Reports:
Biden Viewed Favorably by 43%, Seen as Politically Liberal by 41%
Discussion: The New Republic
Michael Goldfarb / John McCain 2008:
Why 3 a.m.?  —  Less than two weeks ago, Obama campaign manager …
Discussion: The Corner
David Corn / MoJoBlog:
Obama Taps Biden: A Conventional But Perhaps Effective Pick
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Saturday Morning VP Rollout
Discussion: Daily Kos
CNN:
Sources: Obama picks Joe Biden as VP candidate
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Biden's Views on Liberal Democrats
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
Biden speaks _ and speaks _ his own mind
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:   O'Biden! O'Biden! O'Biden!
Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
Joe Biden's long road to redemption
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
Jacob Weisberg / Slate:
RACISM IS THE ONLY REASON MCCAIN MIGHT BEAT HIM.  —  What with the Bush legacy of reckless war and economic mismanagement, 2008 is a year that favors the generic Democratic candidate over the generic Republican one.  Yet Barack Obama, with every natural and structural advantage in the presidential race …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
MSNBC guest: Biden's racial gaffes are rather refreshingly politically incorrect, aren't they?  —  Golly, maybe this has been McCain's problem all along.  When the dumbest hacks in the lefty blogosphere attacked him for coded messages in the Britney ad, I thought they were objecting to the alleged message.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
Harwood: Biden's Racially-Insensitive Gaffes ‘A Strength’
Dan / Riehl World View:
Did Obama Just Lose The Election?  —  It's lost in the Veep hype for now.  Down the stretch that won't be the case.  After he is softened up and a growing number of Americans are given reasons for concern over Obama's Leftism - there's this and some pertinent facts on China below.
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
McCain Goes There  —  John McCain largely has avoided hot button social issues to the consternation of some in the conservative base.  He has ignored the brewing controversy over Barack Obama's Born Alive Infants legislative voting record and he hasn't made much comment on the highly successful (for him) Rick Warren forum.
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
No Terrorism Ties Here — Move Along  —  WNBC News in New York City reports that the NYPD, working with Suffolk Country police and the FBI, have concluded there are no terrorism ties to be concerned about in connection with their discovery that a man, described only as an Egyptian engineer …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Biden  —  The clip above explains the rationale, I'd say.  The biggest emerging problem with the Obama campaign is Obama's reluctance, lack of talent and lack of will to get into lively, feisty, pissing matches with his opponent.  This was brought home in the Saddleback forum.
 
 
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Joe Klein / Swampland:
Biden on McCain  —  Kudos to the McCain campaign for having …
USA Today:
Biden known as a blunt inquisitor
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
The 3:00 AM Thing, Cont'd
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The Year of the Political Blogger Has Arrived
 Earlier Items: 
John McCormick / Chicago Tribune:
1-on-1 with Obama: His plan of attack
Discussion: The Swamp and TIME.com
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
AGAINST EARLY CABINETS, AGAINST HAGEL.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Gerard Baker / Times of London:
‘Yes we can’?  Make that: ‘Oops, we may not’  —  Barack Obama suddenly looks vulnerable.