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6:25 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 …
Ross Douthat:
Will McCain Ruin Palin?  —  A reader writes: … I wouldn't say I have quite the same Palin-love that progressives had for Obama in '04 ... but yeah, I'm sure this is part of the reason I'm pulling so hard for her to succeed: She's a politician I've liked for a while who's been thrust onto …
Discussion: The Jed Report
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.”
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.
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
Winston Smith / Philosoraptor:   Ham Sandwich McCain's Actual Choice for Veep
Joe Conason / Salon:   McCain's Palin pick is the epitome of tokenism
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Michael Moore:
An Open Letter to God, from Michael Moore  —  The other night, James Dobson's organization asked all believers to pray for a storm on Thursday night so that the Obama acceptance speech outdoors in Denver would have to be canceled.  —  I see that You have answered Dr. Dobson's prayers …
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Republicans Drop Most Convention Action on Monday  —  ST. PAUL —Senator John McCain said Sunday afternoon that Republicans would suspend most activities on the first day of their convention on Monday because of Hurricane Gustav.  —  Mr. McCain, speaking by satellite from St. Louis …
Washington Wire:   GOP Scales Back Convention Program as Storm Nears
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,” …
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   PROXIMITY TO RUSSIA IS IRRELEVANT.... On Friday, my friend Kevin …
Greg Mitchell / The Huffington Post:   Cindy McCain on ABC Today: Palin Has National Security Experience …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Palin electrifies conservative base  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. — 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 previously had been lukewarm — at best — about him.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Palin no panic pick: WaPo
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
GOP CONVENTION UP IN THE AIR  —  The details remains sketchy.  But based on a press conference held moments ago by McCain campaign chairman Rick Davis, the Republicans are planning to cancel or radically scale back some or perhaps even all of this year's Republican convention.
Discussion: Open Left
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Stem cell backers doubt McCain's support  —  Advocates for greater federal funding of embryonic stem cell research are worried that John McCain will do an about-face on the controversial issue if he wins the presidency.  —  Advocates for greater federal funding of embryonic stem cell research …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Ben / Think Progress:
McCain Says He Is ‘Obviously’ …
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Pivot Palin, Pivot!  —  She's said nice things about Hillary.
Discussion: Hot Air
Ta-Nehisi Coates:
Elitism Bait  —  The entire Sarah Palin pick comes down to one thing …
Rick Brookhiser / The Corner:
Palin  —  I have not had a TV to watch all week, though …
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