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12:25 AM ET, September 10, 2008


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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama: ‘Lipstick on a pig’  —  Amie Parnes reports from Lebanon, VA: … The crowd apparently took the “lipstick” line as a reference to Palin, who described the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull in a single word: “lipstick.”  —  UPDATE: The McCain campaign is now saying Obama called Palin a pig, which he didn't.
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Did Not Call Sarah Palin A Pig  —  The first McCain truthsquadding telephone call is taking place right now, and ex-MA Gov. Jane Swift is complaining about an idiom Barack Obama used today: … Suddenly, common analogies are sexist?  —  The McCain campaign has little respect for Obama, but they don't think he is stupid.
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
The Hunt for Sarah October  —  City slickers invade Wasilla  —  Democrats understand Sarah Palin is a formidable political force who has upset the Obama victory plan.  The latest Washington Post/ABC Poll shows John McCain taking a 12-point lead over Barack Obama among white women …
Glenn Reynolds / Pajamas Media:
DID OBAMA MEAN TO CALL SARAH PALIN A PIG?  It's probably just a slip, but . . . “The crowd apparently took the ‘lipstick’ line as a reference to Palin.”  —  Reader David Schlosser emails: “This will endear him to all those disaffected Hillary voters.”  And former Massachusetts Gov. Jane Swift is calling on Obama to apologize.
Don Dahler / WCBS-TV:
McCain Campaign Fumes Over Paterson's Racism Claim  —  N.Y. Governor Says Palin's Repeated Use Of ‘Community Organizer’ Is Another Way Of Saying ‘Black’  —  ALBANY (CBS) ― On Monday, Gov. David Paterson angered some state lawmakers by comparing them to vampires, calling them a bunch of “blood suckers.”
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Obama on McCain/Palin: “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig”; Update: Video added; Update: “A pathetic attempt to play the gender card”  —  Perfectly innocent, I'm sure, just like Michelle's bon mot last week about the importance of choosing a running mate who's smart was perfectly innocent.
Lee Speigel / Political Punch:
A Piggish Debate  —  McCain said Clinton's proposal was “eerily” similar to the ill-fated plan she devised in 1993,  —  “I think they put some lipstick on a pig,” he said, “but it's still a pig.”  —  A common expression, right?  —  McCain surely wasn't calling Clinton a pig.
Sara Kugler / Associated Press:
No questions, please; Palin sticks to her script  —  LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — John McCain took a risk in picking little-known Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as a running mate, but now the campaign's playing it safer.  She's sticking to a greatest hits version of her convention speech on the campaign trail …
Byron York / The Corner:
“Lipstick On A Pig” Update
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Flopping Aces
Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:
Should Obama apologize to Palin?
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
McCain camp: Obama's ‘lipstick’ remark disgraceful
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
GETTING ALL WHINY  —  McCain tries to whip up outrage …
Discussion: Cogitamus
Hugh Hewitt /
Obama's “Lipstick On A Pig” Smear
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Dumber Than A Stump  —  Holy pimento cheese on a cracker!
Discussion: Daily Kos and
Washington Wire:
Obama Puts Different Twist on Lipstick
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
McCain Sex-Ed Ad Launched; Obama Camp: “Perverse”  —  John McCain is out with a response ad to Barack Obama's attacks today on his education policy, accusing the Democratic nominee of not accomplishing a single education-related goal other than to promote “comprehensive sex education” to kindergartners.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
New McCain Ad Falsely Suggests Obama Wants Kids To Learn “About Sex Before Learning To Read”  —  The McCain campaign is up with a new ad attacking Obama on education that makes some rather strong insinuations about sex:  —  There's a lot to chew on here.  But we want to focus on one particularly pernicious aspect of it.
Marc Ambinder:
Sex Returns To The Campaign
Discussion: Danger Room, The RBC and Liberal Values
World wants Obama as president: poll  —  US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama may be struggling to nudge ahead of his Republican rival in polls at home, but people across the world want him in the White House, a BBC poll said.  —  All 22 countries covered in the poll would prefer …
McCain Leaps Ahead in NC  —  Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain  —  RALEIGH (WTVD) — In an election for President of the United States in North Carolina Tuesday, September 09, Republican John McCain suddenly and breathtakingly surges to a 20-point win over Democrat Barack Obama …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Comedy gold: Lefty radio hosts crestfallen as Palin defended by ... Mike Gravel  —  You don't hear their hearts actually start to break until he says, “Troopergate is going to come out in her favor.”  Although the most traumatic part, surely, must have been the exchange about how the mayor …
Discussion: and QandO
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:   Quote of the Day  —  Former Democratic presidential candidate …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
NBC/WSJ Poll: '08 race turns into a dead heat  —  Barack Obama holds a narrow one-point lead over John McCain  —  Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin stand together on the stage during a campaign event at in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 6, 2008.  —  Deputy political director
Amanda / Think Progress:
Georgia GOP candidate calls black MSNBC reporter ‘uppity.’  —  Speaking to a Georgia morning news show last Thursday, GOP congressional candidate Rick Goddard criticized an MSNBC reporter's sharp questioning of former House speaker Newt Gingrich at the Republican National Convention.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
An ‘uppity’ second look at the word
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Washington Wire:
Ron Paul Plans ‘Special Announcement’  —  Brad Haynes reports on the presidential race.  —  Rep. Ron Paul, the former Republican presidential candidate who excited a multitude of young voters during the primaries, announced a “major” news conference in Washington Wednesday.
Nate Silver /
Ron Paul To Appear on Montana Ballot
Discussion: Marc Ambinder and The New Republic
Family with Down Syndrome Child Meets John McCain and Sarah Palin  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: Kurt in Pittsburgh, hello, sir.  Nice to have you on the EIB Network, and how about the Steelers defense?  —  CALLER: How about those Steelers, huh?  —  RUSH: How about that?
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:   Meeting Chloe  —  This exchange is from today's Rush Limbaugh Show:
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Re: Obama, the World's President  —  Kathryn, having decided to elect him President and Community Organizer-in-Chief, the World will not be happy if those hopelessly parochial Yank knuckledraggers decline to endorse the World's decision as to who should govern them and their ghastly backwater.
Jonathan Freedland / Guardian:
The world's verdict will be harsh if the US rejects the man it yearns for
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
LYING SARAH WATCH  —  Sometimes when you've got a liar as big as Sarah Palin on the line only a timeline will really do justice to her fibbing ways.  —  So a lot of you have written in to ask: Okay, she says she said ‘Thanks.  But no thanks’ to the Bridge to Nowhere.  But how exactly did it all come out?
Brown backs Obama  —  Gordon Brown has broken with British convention and made clear that he favours Barack Obama as the next US President.  —  In a departure from the usual self-denying ordinance of Prime Ministers past, Brown has written an article for The Monitor magazine …
Discussion: Don Surber
Ben Smith / The Politico:
An awkward moment in Columbia  —  Victoria McGrane:
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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Alex Tabarrok / Marginal Revolution:
Why Libertarians Should Vote for Obama (1)
Discussion: Liberal Values
The Huffington Post:
ABC Interviews Palin's “Closest Friends,” But Most Won't Say They're Voting For Her
Jared Allen / The Hill:
House Dems to allow vote on energy bill
Discussion: Hot Air and Wake up America
Byron York / The Corner:
Did Sarah Palin Overspend on Official Travel?
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
PRETTY SAD  —  The local news in Alaska is willing to play …
Julia Hoppock / Political Punch:
Obama Doesn't Believe Polls Showing Women Voters Flocking to McCain-Palin
Karen Tumulty / Time:
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Michael M. Phillips / Wall Street Journal:
In Palin's Past, the Personal Got Political
Discussion: Spin Cycle
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Judge blocks decision on Senate race
McCain must embrace Palin's beliefs, evangelical leader says
Gallup Daily: McCain Maintains 5-Point Lead
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and MSNBC
Ryan Corsaro / CBS News:
Was Biden Talking About Palin During Stem Cell Research Reference?
David Plotz / Slate:
I Dream About Sarah Palin. Do You?
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
In a Not-Remotely-Comic Strip, Bill Ayers Weighs In on What He Meant …