The Note: Expecting Surprises

Plus: "Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin began building clout in her state's political circles in part by serving as a director of an independent political group organized by the now embattled Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens," Matthew Mosk reports in The Washington Post. "Palin's name is listed on 2003 incorporation papers of the 'Ted Stevens Excellence in Public Service, Inc.,' a 527 group that could raise unlimited funds from corporate donors."

This would make it harder to get earmarks: "Officials of the Alaskan Independence Party say that Palin was once so independent, she was once a member of their party, which, since the 1970s, has been pushing for a legal vote for Alaskans to decide whether or not residents of the 49th state can secede from the United States," ABC's Jake Tapper reports. "And while McCain's motto -- as seen in a new TV ad -- is 'Country First,' the AIP's motto is the exact opposite -- 'Alaska First -- Alaska Always.' "

Layer this all on top of the experience question: "A day and a half ago, I asked the campaign for an example of her dealings with Russia or the Russians. I'm still waiting," Slate's John Dickerson writes.

And that big local scandal that swirls still: "The Alaska state senator running an investigation of Gov. Palin says the McCain campaign is using stall tactics to prevent him from releasing his final report by Oct. 31, four days before the November election," ABC's Brian Ross and Len Tepper report.

"It's likely to be damaging to the governor," said Senator Hollis French, a Democrat, appointed the project manager for a bi-partisan State Senate Legislative Counsel Committee investigation of claims that Palin abused her office to get the Alaska public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan, fired.

Swinging back, on the pregnancy: "If people try to politicize this, the American people will be appalled by it," said senior McCain adviser Steve Schmidt, per the Los Angeles Times' Mark Z. Barabak. Said independent political analyst Charlie Cook: "She can't take on a whole lot more water."

And somebody's talking on the inside: "A GOP source with close ties to the campaign said that McCain aides 'vetted her through Google and clipping services,' " Barabak writes. " 'If instead of looking like a hockey mom, she looks like a person from a weird family, this could sink her,' said one GOP strategist who requested anonymity to speak candidly."

How does this sound? "The fact is that John McCain made a thorough search . . . and made a decision," said Schmidt, per the Chicago Tribune's Mark Silva. "And Sarah Palin is going to help him clean up America."

The delegates were practically reading from the same script in their continued support for Palin Monday (might they even like her more now?) -- but keep in mind these are folks who are inclined to like McCain's still-new running mate.

"The announcement sought to put to rest a potentially damaging Internet rumor concerning the parentage of Palin's infant son. It also showcases one of Palin's strengths as a candidate: the perception that she is a 'real' person who has coped with setbacks that average Americans face every day," per ABC News.

"But by the same token, the pregnancy raises complicated questions for conservative voters regarding issues of teenage sexual activity. And -- perhaps more troubling for the McCain-Palin ticket -- the revelation comes during a critical period where voters are just beginning to learn about Palin and her family."

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