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3:20 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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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 …
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 …
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 …
Little Green Footballs:
Obama Campaign Behind Anti-Palin Smear Site?  —  Suddenly appearing among the Google search results for “sarah palin gay,” a web site titled: Sarah Palin Supports Gay Rights. … Interesting.  There's nothing else on the page.  This sure looks like the work of the dastardly right-wing anti-gay attack machine, doesn't it?
Discussion: Founding Bloggers and Neptunus Lex
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.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
GOP grassroots on fire  —  I've been covering the GOP presidential race since November of 2006.  In those many months — across many states — I have never seen a crowd with the energy that I witnessed yesterday at the Erwin Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio.  —  Yes, there was an inherent buzz owing to the pending veep announcement.
Discussion: American Spectator
MataHarley / Flopping Aces:
Palin's Trooper'Gate: Beating MSM distortions to the truth  —  **Welcome readers from Lucianne, Ace of Spades, Gateway Pundit, Protein Wisdom, The Corner, Wizbang, The Strata-Sphere, Macsmind, and Memeorandum....thanks for the link!  It's been over 12 hours now since Alaskan Governor, Sarah Palin, has been named as GOP choice of Veep.
Anchorage Daily News:
Choice stuns state politicians  —  John McCain's choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate stunned and divided Alaska political leaders on Friday.  Supporters said she was a shrewd choice, but others argued Palin has no business being a heartbeat away from the presidency.
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Let Palin Be Palin  —  Why the left is scared to death of McCain's running mate.  —  A spectre is haunting the liberal elites of New York and Washington—the spectre of a young, attractive, unapologetic conservatism, rising out of the American countryside, free of the taint (fair or unfair) …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Obama tiptoes around Palin in new ad
Discussion: BeldarBlog and Althouse
William Yardley / New York Times:
Palin, an Outsider Who Charms
Marcus Baram / ABCNEWS:
Palin Could Be Deposed in Probe
Discussion: MSNBC
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Palin boosts McCain's online haul
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Three Words
Discussion: Daily Kos and Stop The ACLU
Mark Benjamin / Salon:
Gov. Palin and Iraq  —  Presumably, John McCain would only select …
Discussion: Commentary and Power Line
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
The hostess with the moosest  —  Over in the Frumistan province of the NR caliphate, our pal David is not happy about the Palin pick.  I am - for several reasons.  —  First, Governor Palin is not merely, as Jay describes her, “all-American”, but hyper-American.
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog
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Joe Klein / Swampland:
Gunslinger  —  I woke up this morning and realized that the most significant aspect of the Palin pick isn't Palin—we really don't know all that much about her yet—but the process by which she was selected.  McCain really doesn't know that much about Palin, either.  He met her once in February.
The New Republic:
Where We Stand: Advantage Obama  —  Where do things stand?  —  The Democrats had an incredibly successful convention.  The storyline coming into the week was Democratic division — going out it was Democratic unity and the strength of Senator Obama's speech.
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Shannen Coffin / The Corner:   Palin Pick  —  I was travelling on business yesterday …
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.
Will Lester / Associated Press:
Clinton urges support for Obama, says stakes high  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton urged voters Saturday to support Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, saying the stakes of the election are high and the differences between Obama and Republican John McCain are stark.
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Moira Whelan / The Huffington Post:
What's wrong with this Hurricane?  —  I just noticed that the daily brief customarily done in advance of a hurricane is happening because Gustov is bearing down on the Gulf Coast...but a big shift here: the briefing is being given by NORTHCOM.  So what does this tell us and why does it matter?
Julia Hoppock / Political Radar:
Cindy McCain tells Stephanopoulos that Obama Offended Her  —  ABC News' George Stephanopoulos reports: Democrats' attacks on her family's wealth are unfair and offensive, Cindy McCain said today in an interview airing tomorrow on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”
Discussion: TIME.com
 
 
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