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1:35 PM ET, August 30, 2008

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The Politico:
6 things the Palin pick says about McCain  —  The selection of a running mate is among the most consequential, most defining decisions a presidential nominee can make.  John McCain's pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says a lot about his decison-making — and some of it is downright breathtaking.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
QUOTE OF THE DAY.... I'm not sure if the McCain campaign has thought this line through. … First, it's not an especially good idea for top McCain aides to joke about whether McCain is going to survive four years in office.  —  Second, it's not an especially good idea to describe McCain as …
Gail Collins / New York Times:
McCain's Baked Alaska  —  It is conceivable that some people will think John McCain picked Sarah Palin to be his running mate because she is a woman.  I know you find this shocking, but I swear I have heard it mentioned.  —  McCain does not believe in pandering to identity politics.
David Frum:
Palin  —  The longer I think about it, the less well this selection sits with me.  And I increasingly doubt that it will prove good politics.  The Palin choice looks cynical.  The wires are showing.  —  John McCain wanted a woman: good.  —  He wanted to keep conservatives and pro-lifers happy: naturally.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
The story behind the Palin surprise  —  John McCain on Friday announced a running mate whom he met only six months ago and with whom he spoke just once on the phone about the position before offering it in person earlier this week.  —  McCain's first encounter with Sarah Palin came …
The National Organization for Women (NOW) web site:
Not Every Woman Supports Women's Rights  —  Statement of NOW PAC Chair Kim Gandy on the Selection of Sarah Palin as John McCain's Vice Presidential Pick  —  Sen. John McCain's choice of Alaska governor Sarah Palin as his running mate is a cynical effort to appeal to disappointed Hillary Clinton voters …
Celticdiva / Celtic Diva's Blue Oasis:
BREAKING: McCain Campaign heading to Alaska to investigate  —  A very reliable source overheard Republican spokesperson McHugh Pierre state TODAY that he had spoken to the McCain Campaign.  They are coming to Alaska tomorrow to check out the “Troopergate” investigation.
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
The hostess with the moosest
Discussion: TigerHawk
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Three Words
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and The Jed Report
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
With Pick, McCain Reclaims His Maverick Image
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Tim Blair
CNN:
How McCain chose Palin
Peter Wallsten / Los Angeles Times:
McCain's choice of Palin is a risk
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
How McCain picked Palin
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Choice of Palin Is a Bold Move by McCain, With Risks
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
McCain's Been Running Longer Than Palin's Been Governing
Discussion: Alas, a blog and Wonk Room
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Clinton congratulates Palin
MataHarley / Flopping Aces:
Palin's Trooper'Gate: Beating MSM distortions to the truth  —  It's been over 12 hours now since Alaskan Governor, Sarah Palin, has been named as GOP choice of Veep.  Already, a desperate Obama camp of supporters are in search of talking points... other than the obviously poor choice of …
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Rasmussen Reports:
Palin Makes Good First Impression: Is Viewed More Favorably than Biden  —  Sarah Palin has made a good first impression.  Before being named as John McCain's running mate, 67% of voters didn't know enough about the Alaska governor to have an opinion.  After her debut in Dayton and a rush …
Washington Post:
Exclusive: Chief Fired by Palin Speaks Out  —  The July firing of Alaska Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan by Gov. Sarah Palin, who was announced as John McCain's running mate on Friday, has unearthed a stream of soap-opera-like details about Palin, her husband, her family and top state appointees.
William Yardley / New York Times:
Palin, an Outsider Who Charms  —  Her father shot the grizzly bear whose hide is now draped over the sofa in her office.  She, too, hunts and fishes.  She runs marathons.  She delivered her fifth child during her first term as governor.  They call her husband, the reigning champion …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Desperation from Democrats  —  Now that almost a full day has passed since John McCain has named Sarah Palin as his running mate, we can already see the themes his political opponents will take in criticizing her.  Irony runs through a number of these arguments, as most of them apply …
Marcus Baram / ABCNEWS:   Palin Could Be Deposed in Probe
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
KARL ROVE'S BRILLIANT ANALYSIS..... Looking back at Karl Rove's campaign analysis from earlier this month, this might be the single funniest thing I've read in a long time. … Yes, the real problem with Tim Kaine is that he's only been governor of a large state for three years, and before that, he was only the mayor of a mid-size city.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Obama tiptoes around Palin in new ad  —  They may have run the “Bush is still is his running mate” ad regardless of who McCain picked, but this spot from Obama's camp reflects just how careful they're now playing the Palin selection.  —  Unlike what Team McCain had with Biden, there are no obvious video or soundbites to use.
Discussion: BeldarBlog and Althouse
Suzanne Gamboa / Associated Press:
Ron Paul followers gathering for own convention  —  Featured Topics: - John McCain - Barack Obama  —  WASHINGTON - There's no room at the Xcel Energy Center for maverick Ron Paul, so his acolytes have packed their cars, hitched rides on “Ronvoys” and will pitch tents at Ronstock '08 …
 
 
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Paul Begala / CNN:
Commentary: Is McCain out of his mind?
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Marisa Katz / Washington Post:
The Palin Puzzle  —  McCain had been steadily gaining on Obama …
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
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