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6:00 PM ET, August 29, 2008

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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Palin dissed veep job  —  If Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin got the job as running mate for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), count her as one of the most surprised.  —  In an interview just a month ago, she dissed the job, saying it didn't seem “productive.”  —  In fact, she said she doesn't know what the vice president does.
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John Harwood / CNBC.com:
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin Is McCain's VP Pick: Source  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a self-styled “hockey mom” who has only been governor for a little over a year, is GOP Presidential candidate John McCain's choice for Vice President, CNBC has learned.  —  According to a Republican strategist …
Karen Breslau / Newsweek:
Palin in the Green Room  —  NEWSWEEK's Karen Breslau shares a personal moment with the Alaska governor.  —  When Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin arrived backstage for our NEWSWEEK Women & Leadership Event in Los Angeles last March, John McCain had just wrapped up the GOP nomination.
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Stretches Lead to 8 Points  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking finds Barack Obama moving to an eight percentage point lead over John McCain, 49% to 41%.  —  Obama's significant lead over McCain almost certainly reflects the effects of the Democratic National Convention.
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
Cold Water on Palin  —  Both the pros and the cons are pretty obvious.  I'm going to focus on the cons, mostly because conservatives right now seem to be paying them less attention.  —  The pros: She's a pro-life conservative reformer from outside Washington, and a woman.
New York Times:
McCain Chooses Palin as Running Mate  —  DAYTON, Ohio — In a surprise move, Senator John McCain chose Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska as his running mate on Friday, shaking up the political world at a time when his campaign has been trying to attract women, especially disaffected supporters …
Jim Lindgren / The Volokh Conspiracy:
PALIN A HUGE HIT AT THE CLINTON FORUM.— You would not believe how the Sarah Palin pick is playing out at the Hillary Clinton Forum (tip to a VC commenter).  In order, these are all the posts on the first (and only) page I've looked at (page 8 of the Palin thread; this link may not point to exactly the same posts).
The New Republic:
I'll See Your Biden and Raise You a Palin  —  Yesterday I argued that picking a woman for veep would help re-establish McCain's reputation as a maverick.  If the pick is indeed Sarah Palin you are going to have a lot of women voters wondering why Senator Obama didn't tap Senator Clinton as his running mate.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Hot Air
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Palin?!  —  As something of a Palin booster, I'm having some flop sweats at the idea it's actually happening.  You've heard all the usual pros and cons, here are a few added thoughts off the top of my head.  —  The way she talks.  She has something of a native Alaskan's accent/speaking style.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
PALIN: A SCANDAL WE CAN BELIEVE IN!  —  As mentioned earlier, Gov. Palin is embroiled in her own trooper-gate scandal up in Alaska.  In short, she's accused of using her pull as governor to get her ex-brother-in-law fired as a state trooper.  The brother-in-law is embroiled in an ugly divorce and custody with Palin's sister.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Rahm: ‘Panic’  —  Rahm Emanuel piles on: … As a reader points out, this is a pick that pumps up both sides.  Democrats genuinely see it as a sign of panic.  Republicans are thrilled that McCain picked a real conservative, with a compelling story and a real presences besides.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Timothy Noah / Slate:
Sarah Palin, Web Invention  —  HOW A COLLEGE SOPHOMORE PUT ALASKA'S GOVERNOR ON THE MAP.  —  According to both the Aug. 29 Anchorage Daily News and the June 13 Colorado Springs Gazette, Sarah Palin became John McCain's vice presidential candidate largely through the machinations of someone …
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Palin Pick Leaves Bruised Feelings  —  DENVER — Though it was high in shock value, the Palin pick left bruised feelings among the short-list contenders who were not picked — and infuriated some Republican officials who privately said McCain had gone out on a limb, unnecessarily, without laying the groundwork for such an unknown.
Discussion: Daily Kos and MyDD
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Palin bursts onto the stage with praise for Hillary
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Ron Fournier / Associated Press:
Analysis: Palin's age, inexperience rival Obama's
Discussion: Yahoo! News and DownWithTyranny!
Jen Murphy / Wall Street Journal:
Gov. Sarah Palin: Midnight runs and caribou dinners
Discussion: The Caucus
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Obama camp, Dems belittle Palin pick
Discussion: CBN.com and The Crypt's Blogs
Christopher Hayes / The Nation:
Sarah Palin, Buchananite
Brandon Keim / Wired Science:
McCain's VP Wants Creationism Taught in School
Time:   Why McCain Picked Palin
Washington Post:
10 Things You Didn't Know About Sarah Palin
Discussion: The New Republic
Sara Just / Political Radar:
How Palin Came to the Top of the List
Discussion: Hot Air
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Tread Carefully Regarding Palin
Discussion: Firedoglake
Jonathan Singer / MyDD:
Sarah Palin is Spiro Agnew
Discussion: MSNBC and Comments from Left Field
Mark R. Levin / The Corner:
McCain-Palin?  —  Few have been more critical of Sen. McCain than I …
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
Peter Robinson / The Corner:
Why Sarah Palin is No Dan Quayle
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Brad Plumer / The New Republic:
Did Palin Really Fight The “Bridge To Nowhere”?
Michael Scherer / Swampland:   Dobson Says He Will Vote McCain
Michelle Cottle / The New Republic:   Biden's Girl Trouble
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A War-Time Vice-President?  —  An Ambers reader writes:
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Michael Paulson / Boston Globe:
Sarah Palin on faith, life and creation
Michelle Malkin:
Caught on live audio: The media sexist insults begin
Discussion: Founding Bloggers
Jay Nordlinger / The Corner:   Showtime in Dayton  —  For those of you who missed Palin's speech today …
Brian Stelter / TV Decoder:
38 Million View Obama's Speech; Highest-Rated Convention In History  —  A crowd gathers on the lawn near the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia to hear the acceptance speech of Barack Obama on a giant TV screen.  (Bradley C Bower/Associated Press)
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
FOX: ALASKA IS NEXT TO RUSSIA!  —  Yes she does have foreign policy experience, says Fox's Steve Doocy.  Alaska is right next to Russia!!!
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama distances himself from “hair-trigger” campaign criticism  —  At a stop in Monaca, Pa., Barack Obama seemed to distance himself from his campaign's first, harshly critical response to the Palin pick.  —  “I think that, uh, you know, campaigns start getting these, uh, hair triggers and …
Discussion: Marc Ambinder and TIME.com
 
 
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