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9:15 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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William Kristol / Weekly Standard Blog:
The Democrats' Glass Ceiling  —  So Hillary Clinton gets about 18 million votes in 2008, and isn't even considered for—she apparently isn't even given the courtesy of being consulted—the vice presidential pick.  Joe Biden manages to persuade a few thousand (if that) Iowans to support him.
Discussion: Hot Air
Lindsay Beyerstein / Majikthise:
AP's Ron Fournier may command speaking fees of up to $10,000  —  The Washington Bureau Chief of the Associated Press, Ron Fournier, may command speaker's fees of up to $10,000 per appearance.  —  As of this writing, Fournier appears to be available for booking through the All American Talent & Celebrity Network's website.
Nate / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Can Biden Out-Hillary Hillary?  —  The principal rationale for selecting Hillary Clinton as Barack Obama's running mate is that she would have united Democrats behind their nominee at a time when they have a substantial advantage in party identification.  John Kerry received 89 percent …
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
Rasmussen Reports:   Biden Viewed Favorably by 43%, Seen as Politically Liberal by 41%
Washington Post:
Biden Is Obama's Pick for VP
Discussion: Feministing
Anita Thompson / TalkLeft:
Brooding on Biden  —  Share This: Digg!  —  Okay, I just arrived to Jerri's house, driving from Owl Farm through a massive rain storm through the Rocky Mountains.  —  Yes, I've been brooding about our new VP candidate.  The only people I've seen doing back flips over the Biden affair are Joe Biden and John McCain.
Discussion: The Other McCain
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Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:
Joe Biden's Mouth: ‘If the Sparks Fly, So Be It’  —  “The White House isn't the place to learn how to deal with international crisis, the balance of power, war and peace, and the economic future of the next generation,” said a TV ad for Sen. Joe Biden's 1988 presidential campaign.
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
A Philosophy of Diplomacy First, Force Last  —  WASHINGTON — As the Bush administration was fine-tuning its plan to invade Iraq, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. helped draft a proposed resolution that emphasized the need for diplomatic efforts to dismantle Saddam Hussein's weapons programs …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Biden on McCain  —  Kudos to the McCain campaign for having the Biden ad—posted below by Karen—ready to go.  But it probably won't have a very long shelf-life because Biden's opinion of his old friend John McCain has changed significantly—for the worse—during the course of this campaign.
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Analysis: Biden fills attack role
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
New McCain Ad Hits Biden, Airs Footage Of Him Saying He'd Run With McCain
Paul Volpe / Washington Post:
McCain Campaign Takes Aim at Obama-Biden
Discussion: Towleroad.com and HolyCoast.com
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
The 3:00 AM Thing, Cont'd  —  I still think it's unlikely it was deliberate.  Why I'm giving Obama the benefit of the doubt here is something I'll have to ponder.  Anyway a tech-savvy friend writes: … You know what?  Even if it was a mistake, some grownup over there should have said “3:00 AM?
Discussion: Ed Driscoll.com and Commentary
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Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
The 3:00 AM Text Message
Discussion: Political Machine
Michael Goldfarb / John McCain 2008:
Why 3 a.m.?  —  Less than two weeks ago, Obama campaign manager …
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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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
What Does This Really Tell Us?  —  Leaving aside all the necessary gaming of how this affects the election, what does the selection of Biden tell us about Obama's potential decision-making as president?  This is the second big decision of the national campaign (the first was opting out of public financing).
Hugh Hewitt / Townhall.com:
McCain Counters With...  Romney, of course.  The same factors in Romney's favor — pull in Michigan, Nevada, Colorado and New Hampshire, the energy brought by his organization— are still there, but the pick of Biden calls for a very experienced debater as the only thing Slow Joe …
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).
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Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Voters Want More From Obama  —  After being pummeled for weeks by John McCain, and losing some of his slender lead in the polls, the Obama campaign may finally be showing signs of life.  —  Barack Obama was always a long shot to win the White House.  It's no secret that some portion …
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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Mississippi Presidential Election  —  Mississippi Still Favors McCain by Double Digits  —  John McCain continues to hold a double-digit lead over Barack Obama in Mississippi, according to a new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of voters in the state.
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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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.
 
 
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