Sam Boyd

Sam Boyd is a former assistant web editor at the Prospect

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JINDAL'S PROBABLY LOOKING PRETTY GOOD RIGHT NOW.

It's hard for me to believe that McCain couldn't have made a better pick than Palin after watching this projectile nonsense (see Ezra for a fuller analysis):

Channel Changer

For years, liberals thought they could catch up in media by
playing by conservatives' rules. Rachel Maddow's success proves
it's better to just change the game.

"I think I have a fear in general about whether being a pundit is a worthwhile thing to be," Rachel Maddow tells me over dinner at a Latin restaurant in lower Manhattan. It's more than the ordinary self-deprecation of someone who just got her own cable commentary show. It's an insecurity essential to the on-air style that's powered the 35-year-old's rapid rise from a wacky morning radio show in western Massachusetts to the liberal radio network Air America and now to her own prime-time show on MSNBC.

WHY PALIN'S SPEECH WAS A FAILURE AND MCCAIN WAS WRONG TO PICK HER.

Reading all the reactions to Sarah Palin's speech, two things stand out for me. First, the McCain campaign seems to have decided that the way to salvage Palin as a VP pick is to turn her into a pure base-energizing attack dog. By having her give a speech so thoroughly devoted to vicious attacks on Obama, the campaign has tacitly admitted its attempt to woo Clinton voters with Palin has failed (the references to Clinton and eighteen million cracks in the glass ceiling that were prominent in her speech last Friday were totally absent last night).

MORE ON PALIN AND THE BRIDGE TO NOWHERE.

Brad Plumer has more on the fact that Palin is pretty much lying when she says she opposed the bridge to nowhere:

SARAH PALIN, BUCHANAN SUPPORTER.

Chris Hayes has a great find:

Very quickly. Remember when Pat Buchanan ran a number of hard-right, fringe campaigns for president in the late 1980s, 1990s and 2000? Well, guess who was supporting him:

From an AP report in 1999:

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