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12:55 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.
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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 …
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.
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.”
Discussion: Sadly, No!
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.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin booed for mentioning Hillary Clinton  —  WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania (CNN) - This might not be the best way to reach out to those disillusioned Hillary Clinton supporters.  —  In just her second appearance on the campaign trail with John McCain, newly-minted GOP running mate Sarah Palin …
Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
Sarah Palin: conservatives find the girl of their dreams  —  The Alaskan governor's family life and political views press the right's buttons  —  When Sarah Palin stepped into the spotlight as John McCain's running mate in Dayton, Ohio, and promised that women could “shatter that glass ceiling once …
Amanda / Think Progress:
Cindy McCain: Palin knows foreign policy because 'Alaska is the …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
New York Post:
THE REAL THING  —  MCCAIN'S SLAM-DUNK SURPRISE
Discussion: Reuters
Greg Mitchell / The Huffington Post:
2 Top Alaska Newspapers Question Palin's Fitness
Discussion: Open Left
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 …
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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!
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David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Small Change From Obama  —  DENVER — The Democrats had themselves a successful convention — at the price of appearing quite conventional.  —  The delegates left here happy and enthused, believing that the divisive nomination fight was finally behind them.
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 …
Hilzoy / Washington Monthly:
Executive Experience  —  On the McCain Report, Michael Goldfarb writes that Sarah Palin “has more executive experience than Barack Obama and Joe Biden put together”, a point that, by some strange coincidence, has popped up all over the conservative blogs.  I think that the idea that Palin …
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Gallup:
Obama Acceptance Speech Gets High Marks From Public  —  Overall reaction to Denver convention is typical, but doesn't match 1992  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Fifty-eight percent of Americans give Barack Obama's speech a positive review, including 35% who describe it as “excellent.”
 
 
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Ta-Nehisi Coates:
Elitism Bait  —  The entire Sarah Palin pick comes down to one thing …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Rick Brookhiser / The Corner:
Palin  —  I have not had a TV to watch all week, though …
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
The Messiah-Complex Complex  —  The right's silly obsession with the Obama “cult.”
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Obama Amid the Pillars Of an Ancient Culture
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Ned Parker / Los Angeles Times:
Agreement on U.S. withdrawal from Iraq said to be in peril …
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William Kristol / Weekly Standard Blog:
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