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Palin's Heroic Choice, Held Up as a Bad Example

My September 12 post about the reaction to Trig Palin referred to comments by Dr. Andre Lalonde as they were described by a Los Angeles Times blogger. The Los Angeles Times has now clarified its characterization of Dr. Lalonde's...

By Michael Gerson  | September 12, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama's Down, But Not Out

I left the Republican convention in St. Paul with a cold, that turned into a sinus infection, that turned into a chest infection, that has turned into the final stages of tuberculosis (that last part only feels true). So...

By Michael Gerson  | September 12, 2008; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (197)
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'There Are a Lot of Reasons to Cover Losers'

Ralph Nader stumped the Post editorial board yesterday. He visited, with a few aides, to ask why his presidential campaign isn't receiving any coverage in the Post or most other media outlets. Since he's airing lots of important issues,...

By Fred Hiatt  | September 12, 2008; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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A Corner Office for Palin

Lehman Brothers, one of America’s most venerable and trusted investment banks, is floundering, and according to news reports this afternoon, desperately seeking a buyer. Chairman and CEO Richard Fuld, Jr., is said to be scouring the list of usual...

By Harold Meyerson  | September 11, 2008; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (135)
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Barack's G.O.P. Problem

Sen. Barack Obama is running against Republican Sen. John McCain for the presidency, but right now he has to do battle with the G.O.P.: the Great Obama Panic. Blue America is freaked out that Obama could lose the election...

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 11, 2008; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (106)
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The GOP Takes Hostages

Where’s the pride? I ask that of every Republican who in recent days has done the bidding of the McCain campaign and lied about what Barack Obama said regarding that now famous pig and lipstick. First off the mark...

By Richard Cohen  | September 11, 2008; 8:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (183)
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The Right and Wrong Questions for Palin

I truly hope that ABC's Charlie Gibson asks Sarah Palin not one question about her family or what kind of mom she is -- not a single one. I'm happy to stipulate she is a fine mother. And being...

By E.J. Dionne  | September 11, 2008; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (742)
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Why Do Lies Prevail?

John McCain was not offended when Barack Obama described McCain’s policy agenda as putting “lipstick on a pig.” I can’t prove that, but it seems so obvious to me that it’s more like a fact than an opinion. Nor...

By Michael Kinsley  | September 10, 2008; 9:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (384)
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The Pig Takes the Cake

"You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change, but it's still going to stink after eight years." As a person who works in newspapers, I am deeply offended by Barack Obama’s suggestion that the...

By Ruth Marcus  | September 10, 2008; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (375)
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Palin's Big Diss

Sara Palin -- and her speech writers -- really seem to like that well-performed line from her nomination acceptance speech about how being "a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilities."...

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 10, 2008; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (397)
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Does the Truth Matter Anymore?

This is not false naivete: I am genuinely surprised that John McCain and his campaign keep throwing out false charges and making false claims without any qualms. They keep talking about Sarah Palin’s opposition to the Bridge to Nowhere...

By E.J. Dionne  | September 10, 2008; 12:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1200)
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Show Me the Snobs

David Brooks, the conservative New York Times columnist, says that Barack Obama "needs to attack the snobs who are savaging Sarah Palin's faith and family." Actually Obama has already attacked Palin's critics. When the story broke that Palin's teenage...

By Michael Kinsley  | September 10, 2008; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (179)
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A Maverick Act With Limits

The Fannie-Freddie bailout has allowed the McCain campaign to press its newfound advantage as the change ticket. Not so long ago, you will recall, it was Barack Obama who promised to shake up Washington. But with his convention speech,...

By Sebastian Mallaby  | September 9, 2008; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
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Controlling Campaign Fever

At this stage in the blogosphere wars, I guess I'm supposed to weigh in with some pithy -- no, make that snarky -- comments about the McCain/Palin ticket, since I've had good things to say about Barack Obama during...

By Colbert King  | September 9, 2008; 5:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
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Painting Virginia Red

By Steven Stein Editorial Board Intern The Palin-McCain, er, McCain-Palin ticket will touch down in Virginia tomorrow morning. Campaign posters will have John McCain’s name above Sarah Palin’s; most Virginia conservatives see the ticket the other way around. Maybe...

By Steven Stein  | September 9, 2008; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Not 100 Years -- Just 9

Things are going so well in Iraq that we really can’t withdraw any significant number of our troops there. That’s the policy that President Bush reiterated today. “We have seized the offensive” in Iraq, he said. "Iraqi forces are...

By Harold Meyerson  | September 9, 2008; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (129)
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McCain's Poll Vault

In July, I was on a panel at the Aspen Ideas Festival on the media and the 2008 presidential campaign. There was a bit of happy talk about Sen. Barack Obama and the campaign he'd run thus far, which...

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 8, 2008; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (252)
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The Bobby Kennedy Defense

A conservative columnist at the Hartford Courant uses strident language to make what is nevertheless an interesting argument about Sarah Palin, liberals, motherhood and sexual double standards. I'm surprised no one else thought of it before: "When did [liberals]...

By Charles Lane  | September 8, 2008; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
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