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4:10 PM ET, August 31, 2008


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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
GETTING REAL ABOUT PALIN  —  I've noticed some people who should know better claiming that bringing up Gov. Palin's troopergate scandal is tantamount to making a victim of or defending her slimeball ex-brother-in-law who allegedly once used a taser on his stepson.  —  That's awfully foolish.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Vice in Go-Go Boots?  —  The guilty pleasure I miss most when I'm out slogging on the campaign trail is the chance to sprawl on the chaise and watch a vacuously spunky and generically sassy chick flick.  —  So imagine my delight, my absolute astonishment, when the hokey chick flick came out on the trail …
Amanda / Think Progress:
Cindy McCain: Palin knows foreign policy because ‘Alaska is the closest part of our continent to Russia.’  —  Today on ABC's This Week, Cindy McCain tried to rebut the criticism that Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) has no national experience by taking a talking point from Fox's Steve Doocy.
Nancy Dillon / NY Daily News:
Sarah Palin's mother-in-law uncertain about how she'll vote  —  WASILLA, Alaska - Sarah Palin's hometown rallied around her as mayor - now Republicans wonder if the rest of America will warm up to the surprise pick from cold country.  —  Though her mother-in-law has doubts.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain: Palin a “soulmate”  —  John McCain, in his first television interview since his shocking vice presidential pick, said that he saw in Sarah Palin “a partner and a soul mate.”  —  “This is a person who will help me reform Washington and change the way they do business,” McCain told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Palin electrifies conservative base  —  ST. PAUL - The selection of Sarah Palin as John McCain's running mate has electrified conservative activists, providing a boost of energy to the GOP nominee-in-waiting from a key constituency that had been previously had been lukewarm - at best - about him.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Palin: Surge?  What Surge?  —  Among the tiny number of occasions on which Sarah Palin has expressed even an opinion on foreign policy, one of the most recent bears putting out there one more time.  It's from a critical moment in the war in Iraq, December 2006, which John McCain has made the centerpiece of his campaign.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Washington Post:
Palin Made an Impression From the Start  —  Fellow Maverick Survived McCain's Thorough Vetting Process, Aides Say  —  Their first encounter was last February at the National Governors Association meeting in Washington.  Sarah Palin was one of several governors who met privately with Sen. John McCain …
Winston Smith / Philosoraptor:
Ham Sandwich McCain's Actual Choice for Veep
Discussion: Washington Post
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   PROXIMITY TO RUSSIA IS IRRELEVANT.... On Friday, my friend Kevin …
Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
Sarah Palin: conservatives find the girl of their dreams
Greg Mitchell / The Huffington Post:   Cindy McCain on ABC Today: Palin Has National Security Experience …
Ross Douthat:   Will McCain Ruin Palin?
New York Post:
Discussion: The American Mind and Reuters
Katha Pollitt / The Nation:
Sarah Palin, Wrong Woman for the Job
Philip Gourevitch / New Yorker:
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Storm Disrupts Republican Plans for Convention  —  ST. PAUL — Plans for the Republican National Convention were in flux on Sunday as the presumptive Republican nominee, Senator John McCain, announced that the thrust of the convention would change “from a party event to a call to the nation for action” …
Bob Drogin / Los Angeles Times:
Lots of no-shows expected at Republican National Convention  —  NOT IN MINNESOTA: From left, Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, who is about to retire, will be in Europe.  Alaska's Sen. Ted Stevens is awaiting trial; his aides say he's too busy campaigning to attend.
Tom Raum / Associated Press:
McCain orders convention changes because of storm  —  Featured Topics: - John McCain - Barack Obama  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. - John McCain tore up the script for his Republican National Convention on Sunday as Hurricane Gustav churned toward New Orleans.  “We have to go from a party event to a call to the nation for action,” he declared.
Tom Kizzia / Anchorage Daily News:
Palin touts stance on ‘Bridge to Nowhere,’ doesn't note flip-flop  —  When John McCain introduced Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate Friday, her reputation as a tough-minded budget-cutter was front and center.  —  “I told Congress, thanks but no thanks on that bridge to nowhere,” …
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Obama Outwits the Bloviators  —  STOP the presses!  This election isn't about the Clintons after all.  It isn't about the Acropolis columns erected at Invesco Field.  It isn't about who is Paris Hilton and who is Hanoi Hilton.  (Though it may yet be about who is Sarah Palin.)
Discussion: Hoffmania!
Ta-Nehisi Coates:
Elitism Bait  —  The entire Sarah Palin pick comes down to one thing—the hope that George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, or (God forbid) Will.I.Am. will make a joke about moose-burgers.  At that point, the McCain campaign will cut an ad which says They're laughing at you.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Balloon Juice
Kim Priestap / Wizbang:
You Stay Classy, Alan Colmes  —  Alan Colmes of Hannity and Colmes wrote a post so inappropriate and offensive the Kos Kiddies would be envious.  He accused Governor Palin of not taking enough care of Trig when he was an unborn baby.  A man who has no problem with a woman killing …
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Pivot Palin, Pivot!  —  She's said nice things about Hillary.  She's dropped the glass ceiling phrase a few times.  Good, fine.  But enough is enough.  She needs to become more of a Margaret Thatcher type.  Let the press bring up her gender.  They'll do it anyway.
Discussion: Hot Air
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