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4:20 PM ET, August 27, 2008


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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
High Anxiety in the Mile High City  —  I've been to a lot of conventions, and there's always something gratifyingly weird that happens.  —  Dan Quayle acting like a Dancing Hamster.  Teresa Heinz Kerry reprising Blanche DuBois.  Dick Morris getting nabbed triangulating between a hooker and toes.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Conservative Democrats Peeling Away From Obama  —  Moderate/Liberal Republicans also shifting more to McCain  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama has been struggling to maintain his Democratic base thus far in August, and according to weekly averages of Gallup Poll Daily tracking, the problem seems to be with conservative Democrats.
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
Many Clinton Supporters Say Speech Didn't Heal Divisions  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton's most loyal delegates came to the Pepsi Center on Tuesday night looking for direction.  They listened, rapt, to a 20-minute speech that many proclaimed the best she had ever delivered, hoping her words …
Daily Mail:
Pictured: The miniature ‘Greek temple’ from which Barack Obama will launch his final push for the U.S. presidency  —  Barack Obama's big speech on tomorrow night will be delivered from an elaborate columned platform resembling a miniature Greek temple, it has been revealed.
Gallup Daily: Race Still Close With Obama 45%, McCain 44%  —  No major change in structure of race, though Obama is doing slightly better  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking average from Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday shows a race that is still close …
John Dickerson / Slate:
HILLARY CLINTON THROWS ALMOST EVERYTHING BEHIND BARACK OBAMA.  —  Watching Hillary Clinton speak at the Democratic National Convention, I was reminded of one of those old war movies in which the wounded hero melodramatically says to his comrades, “Go on without me.”
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Clinton delegates moving to Obama
Johanna Neuman / The LA Times President Bush Blog:
Booing Bush 2: The count from Denver picks up
Discussion: The Swamp
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Not a Greek Temple, but a Greek Tragedy  —  I think it's called blind hubris...  Let me get this straight: Obama goes to Europe, does a garish outdoor extravaganza before thousands, returns to find himself dubbed a publicity-seeking celebrity, analogous to Paris Hilton—and abruptly begins a tailspin in the polls.
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Obama Speech Stage Resembles Ancient Greek Temple
Nitya / Political Radar:
McCain Aide Mocks Obama's Columned Stage
John McCormack / Weekly Standard Blog:   The Temple of Obama  —  Reuters reports that “Democratic …
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Discussion: Hot Air
Alex Koppelman / Salon:   Greek columns?  Really?  —  DENVER — Thus far, the Democratic …
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
THE TEMPLE OF OBAMA  —  Reuters reports that “Barack Obama's big speech …
Discussion: Commentary
Little Green Footballs:
An Ego for the Ages  —  With the news that Barack Obama will be giving …
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
From the Fact Check Desk: Did Obama Say Iran is a ‘Tiny’ Country that 'Doesn't Pose a Serious Threat'?  —  We in the media have given a lot of airtime to the TV ads of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., this week, starring as they do Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY.  —  There's been evidence emerging …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
New McCain Ad Badly Distorts Obama's Words About Iran  —  The new McCain ad released this morning attacking Obama on Iran rips Obama's words out of context so egregiously that it amounts to a distortion at best and an outright smear at worst.  —  The ad's narrator says: “Obama says Iran is a ‘tiny’ country.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Smears And Fears  —  My main worry with John McCain is foreign policy.
Discussion: The Jed Report
Marc Ambinder:
The McCain Ad Shell Game
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Howard Wolfson Goes To War With MSNBC, Hammers Chris Matthews And Keith Olbermann  —  On Fox News just now, Howard Wolfson unleashed a broad attack on MSNBC and its top on-air personalities, slamming the network's coverage of Bill and Hillary, hitting back at Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann …
Discussion: TalkLeft, Hot Air and
New York Post:
BRAWLING ANCHORS ON MSNBC  —  ANIMOSITY among MSNBC anchors has reached a mile-high peak at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, with on-air squabbling between such big egos as Joe Scarborough, Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews and David Shuster.  —  Scarborough, who served in Congress …
Mark Finkelstein /
Olbermann: Hillary's Howard ‘Tokyo Rose’ for Working for Fox
Discussion: Hot Air
Chris / TVNewser:
(Slightly) Uncomfortable MSNBC Moment #3, With a Shot at Fox
Robert D. Novak from Creators Syndicate:
Avoiding a Lieberman Disaster  —  Creators Syndicate is pleased to announce that Robert D. Novak will be writing occasional columns.  All his groundbreaking election analysis will be available on  Read it here first.  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Reports of strong support within …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Liebermanworld pushes back HARD on Novak report
Discussion: Salon
Fox News:
Ayers Unrepentant for Radical Group's Violence in 1960s, 1970s  —  William Ayers, who was a founder of the 1960s and 1970s radical group the Weather Underground, told FOX News correspondent James Rosen in a candid 2004 interview that he still believed he was “on the side of justice” years after the group's wave of attacks.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Unhappy Irish  —  Everyone missed this when Obama put out a generic-sounding statement on the Irish peace process, but there's a bit of an uproar in the Irish-American press, with big stories in the Irish Echo and the Irish Voice.  —  “Barack Obama understands that U.S. attention and support …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Ray O'Hanlon / Irish Echo Online:   Envoy fears  —  Obama chooses Biden, signals possible Irish shift
Julie Mason / Houston Chronicle:
Chatter over Hutchison as possible VP pick grows louder  —  CRAWFORD — Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's long-shot odds for vice president are getting a push from conservative and other pundits in the lead-up to next week's Republican National Convention.  —  The latest flurry of speculation online …
Marc Ambinder:
Plouffe Sanguine About Obama's Prospects  —  Barack Obama's margin among independent swing-voting women and sporadically voting Democrats are two of the main metrics his campaign is closely monitoring, Obama's election manager, David Plouffe, said today.  —  Plouffe, speaking to reporters …
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
Wind Energy Bumps Into Power Grid's Limits  —  When the builders of the Maple Ridge Wind farm spent $320 million to put nearly 200 wind turbines in upstate New York, the idea was to get paid for producing electricity.  But at times, regional electric lines have been so congested that Maple Ridge …
Don Frederick / Top of the Ticket:
Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer makes the most of the spotlight  —  DENVER — Montana Democrats no doubt will revel in Barack Obama's appearance in Billings today, his last campaign stop before heading here.  But they already had reason to be excited this morning — their folksy governor …
The Directors /
Eric Cantor for Vice President  —  We need him.  He fights.  —  In 1862, when some of Abraham Lincoln's political allies, furious over the losses at Shiloh, demanded the removal of Ulysses S. Grant from the leadership of the Army of the Tennessee, the first Republican President responded with unequivocal fervor.
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Mona Charen / The Corner:   Veep Musings
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David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
TIME TO TAKE THIS THING FOR A SPIN  —  One thing I've come away …
Juliet Williams / Associated Press:
Schwarzenegger could be no-show at GOP convention
Martiga Lohn / Associated Press:
GOP platform backs off Arctic oil to help McCain
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
Huffington Post spreads itself thin
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Jason Zengerle / The New Republic:
Blame the Duke  —  Michael Dukakis finally does the right thing …
Discussion: CBS News and American Power
Betsy Rothstein / The Hill:
Obama tightens grip on podium speeches
Jim Brunner / The Seattle Times:
Snohomish County GOP pulls “$3 bills” smearing Obama from fair booth
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 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
America Against The World  —  The op-ed in today's WSJ …
Marc Ambinder:
Who Vetted Daddy Yankee?
Ben Smith / The Politico:
McCain's slips, and Reagan's
Ellen Tien / CNN:
She's happily married, dreaming of divorce
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
A Biblical Seven Years
William Yardley / New York Times:
Indicted Senator Wins G.O.P. Primary
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Biden is wrench in McCain's VP choice