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7:05 PM ET, October 26, 2008


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New York Post:
PIT BULL TURNS ON MCMAVERICK  —  NOW PALIN'S BUCKING HER OWN TICKET  —  By CARL CAMPANILE in Mesilla, NM, and GINGER ADAMS OTIS in NY  —  Sarah Palin is the rogue elephant in the GOP war room.  —  The maverick mom is distancing herself from John McCain and blowing off the advice …
The Politico:
McCain guarantees victory  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Sunday on NBC's “Meet the Press” that he can “guarantee” a win on Nov. 4 in a squeaker victory that won't be clear until late that night.  —  McCain spoke amid signs of a tightening race, and reports of renewed determination among his staff …
The New Republic:
Sarah Palin, Going Rogue  —  Palin's Tampa rally this afternoon kicked off with an extended, sarcastic, eye-rolling diss at the $150,000 wardrobe supposedly foisted on her by others, particularly — and this is important — the evil RNC.  “I grabbed a jacket this morning — my own jacket,” she told the whooping crowd.
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Andrew Quinn / Reuters:
Obama lead drops to 5 points  —  Featured Topics: - John McCain - Barack Obama  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat Barack Obama's lead over Republican rival John McCain has dropped to 5 points, according to a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll released on Sunday.  —  Obama leads McCain by 49 percent …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Sarah Palin: ‘Rogue... diva... elephant?’
Dschabner / Political Radar:
Palin a Diva? Ruffled Feathers in McCain Camp
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Chuck Todd, Charlie Cook, Kelly O'Donnell  —  MR. TOM BROKAW: Our issues this Sunday: With just nine days to go, polls show Obama widening his lead over McCain while the Republican vice presidential nominee comes under increased criticism.  What will be McCain's final message to undecided voters?
Denver Post:
Police: More than 100,000 watch Obama  —  Standing in front of more than 100,000 supporters in Civic Center park, Barack Obama said today he is ready for the final nine days of the presidential campaign and vowed to stay focused on improving the country's faltering economy.
Amanda Scott / Barack Obama and Joe Biden:
Barack Rallies 100,000 in Denver, CO
David Brooks / New York Times:
Ceding the Center  —  There are two major political parties in America, but there are at least three major political tendencies.  The first is orthodox liberalism, a belief in using government to maximize equality.  The second is free-market conservatism, the belief in limiting government to maximize freedom.
Tim Shipman / Telegraph:
Republican fears of historic Obama landslide unleash civil war for the future of the party  —  Senior Republicans believe that John McCain is doomed to a landslide defeat which will hand Barack Obama more political power than any president in a generation.  —  Aides to George W.Bush …
Ross Douthat:
Rush Limbaugh Explains It all
Daniel Scarpinato / Arizona Daily Star:
Kyl, in interview, voices doubt about McCain's chances  —  Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl expressed some doubt in a recent interview that his seatmate, John McCain, will be elected president next month.  —  During a visit to the Arizona Daily Star last week for an editorial board meeting …
Arizona Republic:
McCain: A leader for these times
Discussion: and Salon
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Could McCain lose his home state?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Anchorage Daily News:
Obama for president  —  Palin's rise captivates us but nation needs a steady hand  —  Alaska enters its 50th-anniversary year in the glow of an improbable and highly memorable event: the nomination of Gov. Sarah Palin as the Republican vice presidential candidate.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Jesse Jackson Jr. hopes to replace Obama in Senate  —  Illinois political insiders say Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who defended Barack Obama after his father famously threatened to castrate him, is the favorite to replace the Democratic nominee in the Senate.  —  Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Goodbye To All That  —  Steve Chapman expresses the core reason for Obama's success: … It is what Reagan did as well.  And the great crushing blow of this campaign is to have watched John McCain run a campaign that is, at its worst, “the systematic organization of hatreds.”
Steve Chapman / Chicago Tribune:   Obama's secret  —  Message resonates across race, religion
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Palin talks clothes at length  —  Recognizing that the clothes kerfuffle still has legs and is damaging her politically ,Sarah Palin used the start of a rally today to offer her most extended defense of the clothes bought for her last month.  —  Palin, speaking in Tampa …
Discussion: American Power and Hot Air
Obama says McCain ‘finally giving us a little straight talk’  —  (CNN) — Sen. Barack Obama said Sunday that Sen. John McCain was now “owning up to the fact that he and George Bush actually have a whole lot in common.”  —  “Just this morning, Sen. McCain said that, actually, he and President Bush …
Discussion: Oliver Willis and Truthdig
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
The High Rise of the First Metropolitan Candidate  —  Republicans, looking to frame Sen. Barack Obama as a candidate outside the mainstream, recently settled on a new tack: deriding him as an out of touch and corrupt urbanite.  —  At the GOP convention last month, Rudy Giuliani …
Discussion: American Power and Booman Tribune
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