Sam Boyd

Sam Boyd is a former assistant web editor at the Prospect

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UM, IS ANYONE GOING TO MENTION THE POSSIBLE OBAMA ASSASSINATION PLOT?

Call me crazy, but shouldn't it be bigger news that four people may have been planning on assassinating Barack Obama?

CBS4 has now learned at least four people are under arrest in connection with a possible plot to kill Barack Obama at his Thursday night acceptance speech in Denver. All are being held on either drug or weapons charges.

CBS4 Investigator Brian Maass reported one of the suspects told authorities they were "going to shoot Obama from a high vantage point using a ... rifle … sighted at 750 yards."

MCCASKILL EXPLAINS WHY CHANGE IS ACTUALLY NEEDED.

I'm watching the convention on C-Span from my couch in D.C. like a good blogger (no Cheetos though) and from my perspective Claire McCaskill is knocking this out of the park. Rather than vague statements about how Obama is, like, totally awesome, she's saying McCain would be a bad president. Doesn't sound like much, but no one else is doing it.

"Change" as a message is meaningless without any argument about, you know, why we need it. McCaskill, unlike so many other people out there tonight, is making that argument and arguing that McCain represents part of the problem, not the solution. It's not an artful speech or particularly well delivered, but it actually makes sense logically, and that makes up for a lot.

MORE REASONS OBAMA MAY PICK SEBELIUS.

I'll echo Dana and Ann's comments about Kathleen Sebelius and add a few of my own. As this nice New York Times piece points out, Sebelius reinforces Obama's core message in a way none of the other potential VPs do.

AN END TO INHOFE?

For a while now, I've been wondering why no one is talking about the Senate race in Oklahoma (yes really, Oklahoma). In fact, I've been wondering long enough that I wrote an article about the Democrat in the race, Andrew Rice, for In These Times a few months ago. Now, Washington Post campaign guru Chris Cillizza highlights a new poll showing the race in single-digits after a month of advertising by Rice.

MADDOW TO GET HER OWN SHOW.

MSNBC just announced that, starting on September 8, Rachel Maddow will have her own nightly show on MSNBC at 9 p.m., right after Keith Olbermann's show at 8. She'll replace Dan Abrams, who will remain on the network. I'm working a piece about Maddow for the next issue of the Prospect; she's a fascinating figure, a great object lesson for progressives in the media, and also just a deeply sensible person.

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