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02 September 2008 @ 11:51 am
"McCain's supporters argue that he is more serious about national security than Barack Obama. But the selection of Sarah Palin invites the question: How serious can he be if he would place such a neophyte second in line to the presidency? Barack Obama at least balanced his inexperience with Mr. Biden's experience. What is Mr. McCain doing?... So this is the future of the Republican party you are looking at: a future in which national security has bumped down the list of priorities behind abortion politics, gender politics, and energy politics."

* By the numbers: ten facts about Sarah Palin, and six things the Palin pick says about McCain.
* The story behind the choice.
* Your wrap-up of Troopergate.
* Oh, and about her support of the famed Alaskan Bridge to Nowhere.
* She certainly wasn't shy about using earmarks.
* The story Palin should tell about her daughter's pregnancy.
* Coverage of the media coverage, courtesy Howard Kurtz. Plus commentary by Dana Milbank.

02 September 2008 @ 06:54 pm
"All across America there are quiet storms taking place. There are lives of quiet desperation. People who need just a little bit of help. Now, Americans are a self-reliant people, we’re an independent people. We don’t like asking somebody else to do what we can do ourselves but you know what we understand is that every once in a while somebody’s going to get knocked down. Every once in a while somebody’s going to go through some hard times. When we least expect it tragedy may strike. And what has always made this country great is the understanding that we rise and fall as one nation, that values and family, community and neighborhood, they have to express themselves in our government. Those are national values. Those are values that we all subscribe to. And so that the spirit that we extend today and in the days to come as we monitor what happens on the Gulf that’s the spirit that we’ve got to carry with us each and every day."

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