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5:40 PM ET, September 4, 2008

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Erick Erickson / www.redstate.com:
BREAKING: Sarah Palin “Winged” Her Speech Because of “Broken” Teleprompter  —  Halfway through Sarah Palin's speech tonight at the RNC, people following the speech noticed she was deviating from the prepared text.  —  According to sources close to the McCain campaign, the teleprompter continued scrolling during applause breaks.
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
The teleprompter did not break  —  Sarah Palin delivered a powerful speech last night, but she did not “wing it.”  —  That is what Erick Erickson, citing sources close to McCain, has written on his blog, RedState.  —  Erickson writes that “the teleprompter continued scrolling during applause breaks.
Discussion: TPM Election Central and Macsmind
Detroit Free Press:
Free Press voter panel reacts to Palin's speech  —  “Originally, I was a not too happy about McCain's choice for a running mate, Sarah Palin ... However, after her speech tonight I am beginning to see her in a different light.  She seems like a real fighter, someone who would stick …
Rasmussen Reports:
51% Say Reporters Are Trying To Hurt Palin; 39% Say She Has Better Experience Than Obama  —  Over half of U.S. voters (51%) think reporters are trying to hurt Sarah Palin with their news coverage, and 24% say those stories make them more likely to vote for Republican presidential candidate John McCain in November.
Ross Douthat:
Free Advice For Democrats  —  I'll have more to say about Sarah Palin's speech at some point tomorrow - I saw it live, from the press stand in St. Paul, which was perhaps not the ideal venue from which to judge its television impact - but based on the reactions I've heard and read to date …
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard Blog:
Newest Palin Smear: She Cut Special Needs Budget  —  I just watched CNN's Soledad O'Brien sandbag former White House Communications Director Nicole Wallace by asking her how Sarah Palin can claim to be a defender of special needs children when she cut the budget for that Alaska office by 62 percent.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The GOP's cheerful viciousness  —  With last night's cheerfully vicious speeches from Rudy Giuliani and Sarah Palin, the Republicans did what they always do in order to win elections: they exploited raw cultural divides while mocking, belittling and demonizing Democratic leaders.
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A PERFECTLY FUNCTIONING TELEPROMPTER.... Watching Sarah Palin's speech …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Lauren Beckham Falcone / Boston Herald:
Stylists to passe Sarah Palin: Let your hair down
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS.  —  Chris Hayes fires back on Giuliani and Palin's mockery of “community organizers”: … Adam Serwer agrees: … But look, let's call a spade a spade: When Giuliani sneered about community organizers on the “South side” of Chicago, it's pretty clear what he's saying …
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Alexander Marquardt / CNN:
Obama didn't expect ginger treatment from Palin  —  PITTSBURGH (CNN) - Senior Obama adviser David Axelrod appeared unfazed by Sarah Palin's tough speech in St. Paul Wednesday night, telling reporters Thursday Barack Obama watched a bit of her speech and took it in stride.
David Frum:
More Thoughts on Palin  —  Credit where it's due!  —  That was an amazing performance by Sarah Palin last night.  She delivered a powerful, clever, and deftly savage speech - but even more important, she projected through the speech a personality at once charismatic and down to earth, feminine yet tough.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and PoliBlog (TM)
Irene Jay Liu / Capitol confidential:
Giuliani takes no prisoners
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
COMMUNITY ORGANIZING.  —  Another irresponsible “community organizer”
Richard Starr / Weekly Standard Blog:   Sarah Palin's ‘Position on the Issues’
Barry Yourgrau / The Huffington Post:
Rudy Giuliani in Lipstick
Discussion: The Corner
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Palin raises $8 million — for Obama  —  Obama's coffers have been filling since Sarah Palin attacked him repeatedly in St. Paul last night.  —  An Obama aide confirms Drudge's report that Obama has raised about $8 million from more than 130,000 donors and is on pace to raise $10 million by the time McCain reaches the stage tonight.
Discussion: TIME.com and The Huffington Post
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Marc Ambinder:
It's Going To Be Palin's September
Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
Obama: ‘Who are they fighting for?’  —  Barack Obama addresses …
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Obama Dismisses Palin Criticism
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Laura Bush / Vanity Fair:
Cindy McCain's $300,000 Outfit  —  One of the persistent memes in the Republican line of attack against Barack Obama is the notion that he is an elitist, whereas the G.O.P. represent real working Americans like Levi “F-in' Redneck” Johnston.  —  It caught our attention, then …
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: No Dent in Obama Lead So Far  —  Obama holds 7-point lead in latest results  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama continues to hold a lead over John McCain, 49% to 42%, in the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update.  —  The results are based on interviewing conducted Sept. 1-3.
Discussion: The New Republic, Open Left and Slog
Gloria Steinem / Los Angeles Times:
Palin: wrong woman, wrong message  —  Sarah Palin shares nothing but a chromosome with Hillary Clinton.  She is Phyllis Schlafly, only younger.  —  Here's the good news: Women have become so politically powerful that even the anti-feminist right wing — the folks with a headlock on the Republican Party …
ABCNEWS:
Fired Alaskan Official Says Palin Hasn't Been Truthful  —  Monegan Says He Was Fired For His Refusal to Fire Governor's Former Brother-In-Law  —  The fired Alaskan official, whose dismissal has become the subject of a state senate committee's investigation of Gov. Sarah Palin …
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
Palin draws in viewers  —  Alaska Governor Sarah Palin can give a good speech, and the Republican vice presidential nominee can also draw an audience.  —  Nielsen Co. reported this afternoon that an estimated 37 million people watched her address on the three broadcast networks, plus CNN, FOX News Channel, and MSNBC.
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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:   Palin Attracts Huge TV Audience
Megan McArdle:
Thoughts on Sarah Palin  —  They're a little scattered, since I spent the speech lying in bed and wheezing.  So, bullet points.  — This woman is an Obama-level political natural.  She is a ferociously good speaker, and almost preternaturally composed.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
NFL Opener Has McCain Campaign Leery of Delay-of-Game Penalty  —  Hurricane Gustav blew away the opening night of the Republican National Convention on Monday.  Now Republicans are warily eyeing a man-made event — the NFL season opener between the Redskins and Giants — hoping that it won't complicate the convention's climax tonight.
 
 
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