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3:40 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.
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.”
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.
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
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Dumber Than A Stump  —  Holy pimento cheese on a cracker!  Do these idiots even speak to regular Americans?  Ever?!?  —  Jake Tapper, proving that even a blind hog can trip over an acorn while he's starving and smell nothing whatsoever and then keep on stumbling forward until someone hand feeds him dung and he thanks them for it:
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 …
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
GETTING ALL WHINY  —  McCain tries to whip up outrage …
Discussion: Boston Globe
Don Dahler / WCBS-TV:   McCain Campaign Fumes Over Paterson's Racism Claim
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Obama on McCain/Palin: “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still …
Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:   Should Obama apologize to Palin?
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.
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.
Discussion: and Viking Pundit
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.
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 …
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 …
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.’
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: BeldarBlog
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:   Meeting Chloe  —  This exchange is from today's Rush Limbaugh Show:
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
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Camille Paglia / Salon:
Fresh blood for the vampire
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
McCain Campaign Called for ‘End’ to Army ‘Future’
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?
Discussion: Political Machine
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Brown backs Obama
Discussion: Don Surber
Ben Smith / The Politico:
An awkward moment in Columbia
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Michael M. Phillips / Wall Street Journal:
In Palin's Past, the Personal Got Political
Discussion: Spin Cycle and TPMMuckraker
McCain must embrace Palin's beliefs, evangelical leader says
Washington Wire:
Ron Paul Plans ‘Special Announcement’