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1:20 AM ET, August 24, 2008

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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.
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CNN:
Some in Clinton circle ‘outraged’  —  (CNN) — Evan as Hillary Clinton praised the newly-minted Democratic presidential ticket Saturday, some in her circle are furious Barack Obama did not appear to give the New York Democrat serious consideration for the No. 2 spot, or even ask for her consultation on the matter.
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.
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Biden got Obama call during root canal  —  Featured Topics: - John McCain - Barack Obama  —  DENVER - Joe Biden got the call from Barack Obama while undergoing a root canal.  —  As he sat in a dental chair Thursday, Biden received word that Obama was on the line and interrupted the procedure …
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.
Washington Wire:
New McCain Ad Uses Clinton Attacks  —  Amy Chozick reports on the presidential race in Springfield, Ill.  —  No sooner had Barack Obama publicly announced his new running mate had John McCain's campaign produced an attack ad asking: Why not Hillary?  —  “Passed Over” will hit the airwaves at (you guessed it) 3 a.m. Sunday.
Discussion: NO QUARTER
Rasmussen Reports:
Biden Viewed Favorably by 43%, Seen as Politically Liberal by 41%
Discussion: Guardian
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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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
Paul Volpe / Washington Post:
McCain Campaign Takes Aim at Obama-Biden
Discussion: Towleroad.com and HolyCoast.com
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
A Democratic Leader on Foreign Policy, in Iraq and, Earlier, the Balkans  —  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 …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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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 …
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 …
Newsweek:
The Veep's Pipeline Push  —  From the magazine issue dated Sep 1, 2008  —  A two-year-old letter by Vice President Dick Cheney that pushed a controversial Alaska natural-gas pipeline bill is getting renewed scrutiny because of recently disclosed evidence in the Justice Department's corruption case against Sen. Ted Stevens.
Discussion: Think Progress
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Cernig / Crooks and Liars:   Cheney Letter Shilled For Stevens' “Clients”
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).
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Some Comic Relief And A Real Problem  —  Share This: Digg!  —  Provided by Frank Rich: … Of course, Rich is so for Obama, that he hurts him like this: … Relatedly, Todd Beeton provides an interesting anecdote from Denver: … It is this arrogance that could sink Obama's campaign.
Discussion: New York Times
Peter Wehner / The Corner:
Obama-Biden 2008  —  I have now watched and read Senator Biden's speech in Springfield earlier today.  From the perspective of the craft of speechwriting, it was quite a thing to behold.  —  In a speech of just over 16 minutes, Biden used, by my count, the phrase “ladies and gentlemen” 18 times.
 
 
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