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"?
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
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.
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.
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.
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):
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.
BLOOMINGTON, MN--It can’t be easy being Mitt Romney nowadays. Imagine: you find your place in the Republican firmament, make a serious run at the GOP’s presidential nomination, earn frequent mention as a possible running mate for John McCain — and then watch as McCain picks an obscure, untested, deeply flawed hockey mom-cum-Alaska secessionist for the job.
MINNEAPOLIS--There’s a weird lack of anticipatory buzz at the Minneapolis Convention Center, where RNC delegates (and the press) are currently picking up their convention credentials. Chalk it up to a few factors: it's a Sunday morning; it's Labor Day weekend; the convention’s actually in another city, ten miles away.
Earlier this week, Blue Mass. Group's Bob Neer concluded--on the basis of interviews with three female, pro-Hillary Clinton Massachusetts DNC delegates--that the prospect of disgruntled Hillary Clinton supporters not backing Barack Obama is a bogus invention of the GOP and a complicit media.