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Palin Lawyer Threatens to Serve Blogger With Libel Papers at Kindergarten Class

Sarah Palin's lawyer threatened to serve a blogger with libel papers at the kindergarten where he works for writing a post saying the former Alaska governor was getting divorced.

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NYT Reporter Warns of One-Term Obama?

Politico reports on a Sunday New York Times panel, where reporters had nothing but bad news for President-elect Barack Obama:

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Coleman and Franken Make a Deal

Minnesota Public Radio reports that Sen. Norm Coleman and challenger Al Franken have struck a deal on disputed absentee ballots in their recount.

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Palin Is Hitting the Campaign Trail for Chambliss

TPM reports that Sarah Palin is going back on the trail on behalf of GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who is in a runoff election against Democrat Jim Martin:

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The GOP Infighting Begins

The Washington Times reports:

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Palin Claimed Dinosaurs and People Coexisted

The LA Times reports:

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Conservatives Turn on McCain-Palin


David Brooks writes in the New York Times that Sarah Palin is unqualified:
In the current Weekly Standard, Steven Hayward argues that the nation's founders wanted uncertified citizens to hold the highest offices in the land. They did not believe in a separate class of professional executives. They wanted rough and rooted people like Palin.
I would have more sympathy for this view if I hadn't just lived through the last eight years. For if the Bush administration was anything, it was the anti-establishment attitude put into executive practice.
And the problem with this attitude is that, especially in his first term, it made Bush inept at governance. It turns out that governance, the creation and execution of policy, is hard. It requires acquired skills. Most of all, it requires prudence.
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Sarah Palin has many virtues. If you wanted someone to destroy a corrupt establishment, she'd be your woman. But the constructive act of governance is another matter. She has not been engaged in national issues, does not have a repertoire of historic patterns and, like President Bush, she seems to compensate for her lack of experience with brashness and excessive decisiveness.
Ross Douthat agrees at the Atlantic:
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