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3:25 AM ET, August 27, 2008


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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Bill Clinton in Denver again undercuts Obama  —  DENVER — Bill Clinton appeared to undermine Sen. Barack Obama again Tuesday.  —  The former president, speaking in Denver, posed a hypothetical question in which he seemed to suggest that that the Democratic Party was making a mistake in choosing Obama as its presidential nominee.
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Okay.  I'm up for it tonight.  I'm live-blogging Hillary Night at the Democratic Convention.  —  6:50 Central Time: My resolve jells.  —  7:15: I'm watching PBS tonight.  C-SPAN last night.  PBS has HD + longer coverage than the networks.  (I don't have CNN HD.)
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Clinton Delivers Emphatic Plea for Unity  —  DENVER — With her husband looking on admiringly and her supporters watching with tears in their eyes, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton deferred her own dreams on Tuesday night and delivered an emphatic plea at the Democratic National Convention …
Marge Hibbing Mn / CNN:
Source: Bill Clinton will not attend Obama's Invesco speech  —  DENVER (CNN) - Hillary Clinton will be on hand for Barack Obama's acceptance speech, but according to a source close to former President Bill Clinton, he will not: the source tells CNN that Clinton will not join his wife at Invesco Field Thursday night.
Discussion: Hot Air and
McCain's Hillary-Themed Ads Are Barely Broadcast  —  Aaron Rutkoff reports from Denver on the Democratic convention.  —  Even before Hillary Clinton takes the stage for tonight's big speech, she has emerged as an unusually bipartisan star in the hullabaloo surrounding the convention.
Clinton: I'm a proud Obama supporter  —  DENVER, Colorado (CNN) — Sen. Hillary Clinton introduced herself as a “proud supporter of Barack Obama” at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday as she called on her party to rally behind her former rival.  —  “Whether you voted for me …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Marc Ambinder:
Clinton Will Get Nominating, Seconding Speeches Tomorrow
Discussion: and Taylor Marsh
Ron Fournier / Associated Press:
Analysis: A perfect night for Clinton, Obama?
Washington Wire:   Republicans Gleefully Woo Clinton Backers
Stuart Silverstein / Top of the Ticket:
Hillary Clinton skips mentioning Obama in a speech to supporters
Naomi Zeveloff / The Colorado Independent:   As Clinton prepares to speak, reluctant supporters coalesce behind Obama
Gromer Jeffers Jr / TRAIL BLAZERS:
BREAKING NEWS: Hillary Clinton will campaign in South Texas for Obama
Discussion: Burnt Orange Report
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Rendell: Obama Is “Like Adlai Stevenson ... What The Heck Is Going On?”  —  As I've noted before, it's impossible to write an item about former Hillary supporter Ed Rendell without using the word “blunt,” and this blunt assessment of Obama from Rendell certainly won't quiet the talk of tensions between the Hillary and Obama camps:
Discussion: Open Left and
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Rendell Compares Obama to Adlai Stevenson
Discussion: and The Reaction
New York Times:
Hillary Rodham Clinton's Democratic Convention Speech
Discussion: Shakesville
Gallup Daily: No Bounce for Obama in Post-Biden Tracking  —  PRINCETON, NJ — It's official: Barack Obama has received no bounce in voter support out of his selection of Sen. Joe Biden to be his vice presidential running mate.  —  Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Aug. 23-25 …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
McCain plans 3-state VP rollout  —  DENVER — John McCain is planning to rollout his vice-presidential nominee in three battleground states this weekend, with large-scale rallies planned for Ohio, Pennsylvania and Missouri, according to aides and advisers.  —  The GOP nominee-in-waiting …
Marc Ambinder:
Some In McCain Camp Ponder Thursday VP Announcement
Discussion: Salon and Blog
Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
Romney: McCain earned his homes; Obama didn't  —  Mitt Romney spoke in Denver today.  (Yoon S. Byun / Globe Staff)  —  DENVER — Former governor Mitt Romney, perhaps continuing his audition to be John McCain's running mate, attacked Barack Obama today for making an issue out of McCain's many homes.
Obama and ‘Infanticide’  —  The facts about Obama's votes against ‘Born Alive’ bills in Illinois.  —  Anti-abortion activists accuse Obama of “supporting infanticide,” and the National Right to Life Committee says he's conducted a “four-year effort to cover up his full role in killing legislation …
Discussion: The Corner
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
“Here's A Situation Where Folks Are Lying”  —  Barack Obama defended his opposition to proposed Illinois state laws protecting “born-alive” infants and dismissed his critics as liars: … Obama is right!  This is a situation where folks are lying.  However, the Annenberg Fact Checkers have concluded that the liar is Obama.
Discussion: Riehl World View
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Clinton's convention speech  —  Hillary's speech — a success in the hall — was a study in the virtue of low expectations.  —  Some in the media, and some delegates, came in expecting that, as Dave Barry put it, Clinton would “attempt to snatch the nomination and escape with it by helicopter to a secret mountain fortress.”
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
What's Missing From Hillary's Speech  —  I'll amend this if I'm mistaken but on first read of Hillary's speech text I see no clear, flat assertion that Obama is qualified and prepared to be commander in chief from day one, which of course was always her central critique of him.
Marisa Katz / Washington Post:
Michelle Obama's Sad Transformation  —  The transformation of Michelle Obama from a bracingly proud contemporary woman — mother, wife, career woman — into a prime time Betty Crocker was sad to see.  This is not to say that she was not up to the task assigned her Monday night.  She spoke well and looked swell.
New York Times:
Some Clinton Fund-Raisers Are Still Simmering  —  DENVER — A significant number of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's top fund-raisers remain on the sidelines and unwilling to work for Senator Barack Obama, a nettlesome problem that appears to be contributing to the campaign's failure to keep pace …
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Obama Speech Stage Resembles Ancient Greek Temple  —  DENVER (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's big speech on Thursday night will be delivered from an elaborate columned stage resembling a miniature Greek temple.  —  The stage, similar to structures used for rock concerts …
Warner camp confused by criticism over bi-partisan speech  —  DENVER (CNN) - A source close to Mark Warner who helped the Senate candidate craft his convention keynote speech said criticism by senior Democrats that his planned remarks were not partisan enough were off-base …
Patrick Edaburn / The Moderate Voice:   Mark Warner Keynote: A Nominee That Should Have Been
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
This Is The Democrats' Talent?  —  I'm not judging their accomplishments, merely noting that Mark Warner and Bob Casey were terribly mediocre speakers, their speeches unfocused, their themes muddled, and their style close to non-existent.  I guess none of this matters much until the networks move in at 10 pm.
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