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  • September 10, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    At a moment when liberals and conservatives seem to have irreconcilable versions of reality--and the media deluge is so overwhelming that it's hard to separate spin from truth--FactCheck.org provides an absolutely vital service.

    But I wonder: did FactCheck go too far in saying that Sarah Palin has been the victim of "sliming"?

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  • September 07, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    Apparently Sarah Palin is officially off limits to the press. ABC's Jake Tapper writes:

    Rick Davis, campaign manager for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., just told Fox News Channel's Chris Wallace that McCain running mate Gov. Sarah Palin won't subject herself to any tough questions from reporters "until the point in time when she'll be treated with respect and deference."

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  • September 07, 2008
    By Adam Reilly


    Because I thought John McCain stank it up last Thursday, I didn't find it too worrisome that more people watched his convention-closing speech than watched Barack Obama's the week before.

    Whoops. Gallup is reporting that McCain now leads Obama among registered voters, 48 percent to 45 percent. And that particular trend line looks ominous for the Democrats.


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  • September 04, 2008
    By Adam Reilly


    ST. PAUL--Suppose Sarah Palin had somehow ended up as the Republican presidential nominee this year. Suppose she’d picked John McCain as her running mate. And suppose he’d given the speech he did tonight. You know what people would be saying? “Crap. She should have gone with Giuliani.”

    McCain’s speech wasn’t a total failure.


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  • September 04, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    MINNEAPOLIS--Earlier today I had lunch with an old friend who’s Jewish, pro-Israel, and pro-Obama. When I mentioned reservations about Obama in the Jewish community, he looked worried, but suggested that those reservations were based on a lack of familiarity and starting to dissipate. “My view is that there’s concern because he’s new and they don’t know him,” he said.

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  • September 04, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    ST. PAUL--After Monday's big RNC protest march, I had kind words for the comportment of the police. "Despite their scary-ass outfits," I said, "they ultimately proved to be a pretty restrained bunch."

    That description still applies to the police I saw in action that day. It's clear, though, that there's been some deeply troubling behavior by law enforcement during the RNC--including the arrests of Democracy Now's Amy Goodman, Nicole Salazar, and Sharif Abdel Kouddous.

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  • September 04, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    ST. PAUL--In an email, a DQM reader takes vigorous issue with my assessment of Mitt Romney's speech to the RNC:

    A B-plus my ass! You won't see or hear a worse speech all year than Mitt's. I was sitting on my couch practically covering my eyes. I don't like him, but I was touting him for VP.

    Real quickly, here's my response.

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  • September 04, 2008
    By Adam Reilly


    Photo credit: Joeff Davis

    DOWNLOAD: Sarah Palin, RNC 2008 Convention Speech [mp3]

    ST. PAUL--Here's what really stood out about Sarah Palin's RNC speech tonight:

    1. The woman has ice in her veins. This was the biggest moment of her political career to date, probably the biggest moment she'll have during the '08 campaign, and she didn't look nervous.



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  • September 03, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    VIDEO: Mitt at RNC Night 3

    ST. PAUL--Unless my ears deceived me, our former governor didn’t mention gay marriage once! That’s a big change from his last RNC speech, when he described gay marriage was a threat comparable to Islamic radicalism. He did, however, give a little nod to family values, referring to the fact that we need to raise our children in “homes free from promiscuity.



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  • September 03, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    ST. PAUL--Spent some time this afternoon in "The Fox Experience," which is basically just a great big Fox newsroom located across the street from the Xcel Energy Center. After going through security, delegates and other visitors can pick up some free Fox memoribilia and watch Fox's journalists do their thing. It all happens underneath a great big projected American flag (or something reasonably flag-esque):

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  • September 03, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    ST. PAUL--Like conspiracy theories? Try this one: John McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin wasn’t the result of poor vetting or poor judgment. Instead, it was a crafty, forward-thinking move aimed at turning Palin into a martyr and then using her martyrdom for political benefit.

    If that sounds far-fetched, consider what transpired earlier today during a pro-Palin conference at the Xcel Energy Center.

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  • September 02, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    MINNEAPOLIS--Sometimes Ron Paul seems like a bona fide political prophet. Here, for example, is what the Republican congressman from Texas and former GOP presidential candidate had to say about militarism and American culture during the closing speech of his three-day "Rally for the Republic" this evening: "We get taught history in our public schools, and who are the great presidents? The great presidents are always said to be the ones who run a war! Why don't we have the peace candidates be the great presidents?"

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  • September 02, 2008
    By Carly Carioli

    VIDEO: OldWhiteGuyFest2008, starring That Dude from Law & Order.


    VIDEO: Fearless leader of Dumbass Right smirks at "Angry Left"


    VIDEO: Judas!

    11:33 pm: CNN announces that John McCain pulled an interview with Larry King . . . specifically as a result of the infamous Campbell Brown interview with RNC spokesman Tucker Bounds








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  • September 02, 2008
    By Carly Carioli


    VIDEO: Cameron White, a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, speaks with ThePhoenix.com's Adam Reilly in St. Paul during the RNC
  • September 02, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    ST. PAUL--Last night I dropped by “Political Chicks a Go-Go,” a women-in-politics shindig sponsored by the Lifetime network and RightNow!, an organization for women who share a belief in “common belief in free-markets, limited government and personal responsibility.” I’ve been fascinated for a while by the possibility that disgruntled female supporters of Hillary Clinton might end up voting for John McCain, and I wanted to see what women there had to see about that scenario—particularly in the wake of McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate.

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