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8:05 PM ET, September 10, 2008


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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
McCain's Integrity  —  For me, this surreal moment - like the entire surrealism of the past ten days - is not really about Sarah Palin or Barack Obama or pigs or fish or lipstick.  It's about John McCain.  The one thing I always thought I knew about him is that he is a decent and honest person.
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Apology Not Accepted  —  Back in 2000, after John McCain lost his mostly honorable campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, he went about apologizing to journalists—including me—for his most obvious mis-step: his support for keeping the confederate flag on the state house.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
UNFIT FOR HIGH OFFICE  —  One of the interesting aspects of this campaign is watching the scales fall from the eyes of many of John McCain's closest admirers among the veteran DC press corps.  I'm not talking about the freaks on Fox News or any of the sycophants at the AP.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
UNFIT.... John McCain was presented with a choice: lose the election or lose his honor.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
S.C. Dem chair: Palin primary qualification is she hasn't had an abortion  —  South Carolina Democratic chairwoman Carol Fowler sharply attacked Sarah Palin today, saying John McCain had chosen a running mate “ whose primary qualification seems to be that she hasn't had an abortion.”
Jason Szep / Tales from the Trail:   McCain finds it tough without Palin
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Wide-Ranging Ethics Scandal Emerges at Interior Dept.  —  WASHINGTON — As Congress prepares to debate expansion of drilling in taxpayer-owned coastal waters, the Interior Department agency that collects oil and gas royalties has been caught up in a wide-ranging ethics scandal …
Dina Cappiello / Associated Press:
Gov't Officials Probed About Illicit Sex, Gifts  —  WASHINGTON — Government officials handling billions of dollars in oil royalties improperly engaged in sex with employees of energy companies they were dealing with and received numerous gifts from them, federal investigators said Wednesday.
Discussion: Think Progress and First Draft
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama on Letterman: Palin is lipstick, McCain policies are pig  —  Amie Parnes reports that Obama just taped this evening's show with David Letterman, which touched at length on the McCain campaign's accusations that he'd spoken disrespectfully about Sarah Palin.
Andy Barr / The Hill:
Meghan McCain: My Dad Says ‘Lipstick on a Pig’  —  John McCain's daughter Meghan is not taking offense to Barack Obama's “lipstick on a pig” line like the rest of her father's campaign, pointing out Wednesday morning that GOP presidential nominee has been known to use the phrase.
CNN battleground polls: Race a dead heat in key states  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - New state polls indicate that the race for the White House remains a dead heat in four crucial battleground states that could determine the outcome of the election.  —  CNN/Time Magazine/Opinion Research Corporation polls …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: New Mexico Presidential Election  —  McCain Gains Ground in New Mexico  —  For the first time all year, John McCain has topped Barack Obama in a New Mexico poll.  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state shows McCain attracting 49% of the vote while Obama earns 47%.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
CBS takes down McCain webad, suggests it's ‘misleading’  —  YouTube has removed a webad that casts Sarah Palin as the victim of sexism on the request of CBS, whose anchor Katie Couric was featured in the ad.  —  “One of the great lessons of that campaign is the continued and accepted role …
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
Biden: Clinton a better veep pick than me  —  There's praising a colleague effusively.  —  And then, there's going so far that the praise diminishes yourself.  —  At a town hall in Nashua, N.H., this afternoon, Senator Joe Biden seemed to veer off into the latter when talking about Hillary Clinton …
National Enquirer:
PALIN FAMILY SHOCKERS: WHAT SARAH'S REALLY HIDING!  —  The NATIONAL ENQUIRER'S exclusive ongoing investigation of GOP VP Nom Sarah ‘Barracuda’ Palin's goes far beyond a mere teen pregnancy crisis this week!  —  The Enquirer's team of reporters has combed the Alaskan wilderness to discover …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Palin's source  —  Thomas Frank noticed in the Journal today that Sarah Palin used an odd source for a quote in her announcement speech attributed only to a “writer.”  —  “We grow good people in our small towns, with honesty and sincerity and dignity,” she said, drawing from a once-powerful …
Discussion: Liberal Values
Mosheh Oinounou / FOX Embeds:
McCain embraces the staged rally  —  PHILADELPHIA, PA — For a candidate who once railed against “stale soundbites, staged rallies and over-managed messages,” John McCain seems to have turned over a new leaf.  —  Today marks the four-week anniversary since McCain held his last press conference …
Brooks Jackson / Newsweek:
McCain-Palin Distorts Our Finding  —  Those attacks on Palin that we debunked didn't come from Obama.  —  FACTCHECK.ORG  —  A McCain-Palin ad has calling Obama's attacks on Palin “absolutely false” and “misleading.”  That's what we said, but it wasn't about Obama.
Gallup Daily: McCain 48%, Obama 43%  —  Nine percent undecided in latest average  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update finds John McCain continuing to lead Barack Obama, 48% to 43% among registered voters.  —  The Sept. 7-9 average — spanning interviewing conducted Sunday …
Mike Huckabee / Huck PAC:
LIPSTICK ON A PIG  —  Last night, while on Hannity & Colmes I cut Barack Obama some slack on his reference to “lipstick on a pig.”  Now I personally don't think he was referring to Gov. Palin, but if he was he should apologize immediately.  —  Almost twenty four hours into this new controversy …
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Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
Payback: GOP points to Biden daughter
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
Not So Swift  —  As Andy suggests, there may have been good ways …
Discussion: American Spectator
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
re: Not So Swift
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Why Walk
Discussion: Kevin Drum and The Bellows
Access Hollywood:
Matt Damon: Putting Palin In White House ‘Like A Really Bad Disney Movie’
Discussion: protein wisdom and The Corner
Los Angeles Times:
Who made gender an issue?  —  Katherine Mangu-Ward says media …
Fouad Ajami / Wall Street Journal:
The Foreign Policy Difference
Don Rasmussen / Ron Paul's Campaign For Liberty:
Ron Paul Statement to the National Press Club
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THINKING LIKE A REPUBLICAN.... The Washington Post's E. J. Dionne Jr …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Palin Goes After Obama on Earmarks
Discussion: Hot Air and Wolf Howling
Associated Press:
Play of the Day: Obama on campaign drawbacks
Ben / Think Progress:
CNN's Ware: McCain ‘has no idea what is going on in Iraq.’
Discussion: and CNN
James Fallows:
A controlled experiment: Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin
John Bentley / CBS News:
McCain Supporter Fred Thompson Brings Rev. Wright Back Into Campaign
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
My Fair Veep  —  The rain in Spain stays mainly in the Arctic plain ...