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6:30 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.
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.
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.
Lee Speigel / Political Punch:
Obama Says McCain Is Offering Fake Change: 'You Can Put Lipstick on a Pig, But It's Still a Pig'  —  LEBANON, Va. — “That's not change,” Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., said of what Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is offering.  —  “You know, you can put lipstick on a pig,” Obama said, “but it's still a pig.”
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 …
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Was McCain the stinky old fish?  —  In all the furor over the Obama “pig” quote, commentators forgot to examine his entire attack:  —  “You can put lipstick on a pig. ”  It's still a pig.  “You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change.  It's still gonna stink.”
Discussion: Wizbang and
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Dumber Than A Stump  —  Holy pimento cheese on a cracker!
Discussion: Daily Kos and American Power
Lee Speigel / Political Punch:
A Piggish Debate  —  McCain said Clinton's proposal was …
Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:   Should Obama apologize to Palin?
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.
Marc Ambinder:
Sex Returns To The Campaign
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Liberal Values
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama aide questions McCain's honor
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
Mark Hosenball / Newsweek:
Warned by the Court  —  A judge repeatedly told Palin and family not to badmouth her sister's ex  —  An Anchorage judge three years ago warned Sarah Palin and members of her family to stop “disparaging” the reputation of Alaska State Trooper Michael Wooten, who at the time was undergoing …
Jonathan Freedland / Guardian:
The world's verdict will be harsh if the US rejects the man it yearns for  —  An America that disdains Obama for his global support risks turning current anti-Bush feeling into something far worse  —  The feeling is familiar.  I had it four years ago and four years before that: a sinking feeling in the stomach.
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 Weisman / Washington Post:
As Campaign Heats Up, Untruths Can Become Facts Before They're Undone  —  From the moment Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin declared that she had opposed the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere,” critics, the news media and nonpartisan fact checkers have called it a fabrication or, at best, a half-truth.
Discussion: Oliver Willis and
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 …
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?
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Meeting Chloe  —  This exchange is from today's Rush Limbaugh Show:
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
An ‘uppity’ second look at the word  —  So over the weekend, there was much discussion over the word “uppity” — and whether its segregation-era connotation still lingers when applied to African-Americans.  —  Last Thursday, in a conversation with reporters, U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland applied the term to Barack and Michelle Obama.
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Amanda / Think Progress:   Georgia GOP candidate calls black MSNBC reporter ‘uppity.’
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 …
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
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
From the Gut  —  If John McCain can win this election race with a 50-pound ball called “George W. Bush” wrapped around one ankle and a 50-pound ball called “The U.S. Economy” wrapped around the other, then he deserves to represent America in the next Olympics in any race he wants — swimming …
Discussion: Kevin Drum
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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
The Politico:
Obama, Dems sharpen personal attacks on Palin
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
McCain camp: Obama's ‘lipstick’ remark disgraceful
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 …
Brown backs Obama
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