The Note: Mom vs. Messiah

And yes, she "took on" oil companies -- but not in the way the McCain campaign wants you to think: "Striving to appeal to moderate voters, McCain has frequently highlighted his bipartisan proposal to clamp down on greenhouse gas emissions. But by naming Sarah Palin as his running mate, McCain has aligned himself with a Republican whose record as governor of Alaska has drawn scorn from environmentalists, most notably for her denial that humans are causing climate change," Michael Finnegan reports in the Los Angeles Times.

As that simmers -- what does it say about Palin's appeal/self-confidence/indifference to the national media that she's still touting her work killing the Bridge to Nowhere?

"From the moment Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin declared that she had opposed the infamous 'Bridge to Nowhere,' critics, the news media and nonpartisan fact checkers have called it a fabrication or, at best, a half-truth. But yesterday in Lebanon, Ohio, and again in Lancaster, Pa., she crossed that bridge again," Jonathan Weisman writes in The Washington Post.

"Palin has continued to say she opposed a project she once campaigned for -- then killed later, only after support for it had collapsed in Congress," Weisman writes. Says GOP strategist John Feehery: "The more the New York Times and The Washington Post go after Sarah Palin, the better off she is."

As for the bridge: "McCain aides clearly think they can just keep pushing this lie [about the Bridge to Nowhere] until the news orgs tire of pointing out that it's false -- or, as McCain campaign Rick Davis might put it, until the news orgs start treating her with 'deference,' " Greg Sargent writes at Talking Points Memo. "Perhaps some will worry that continuing to point out the lies runs the risk of coming across as indecorous. But let's keep doing it anyway."

Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., swings back in a Wall Street Journal op-ed: "Mrs. Palin cut Alaska's federal earmark requests in half last year, one of the strongest moves against earmarks by any governor. It took real leadership to buck Alaska's decades-long earmark addiction," he writes. "Mrs. Palin also killed the infamous Bridge to Nowhere in her own state. Yes, she once supported the project: But after witnessing the problems created by earmarks for her state and for the nation's budget, she did what others like me have done: She changed her position and saved taxpayers millions."

This is a lot of information to throw at voters -- and so much is contradictory that much is surely being tuned out.

"Complicating the mainstream media's vetting of her record is the cyberspace torrent -- viral e-mails and Internet blog postings," Brian C. Mooney writes in The Boston Globe. "Some are true, others false or partly true, and each side tries to knock them down or pump them up, depending on whether a particular point advances or detracts from the partisan story line."

William Kristol finds some early heroes: "A special thank you to our friends in the liberal media establishment. Who knew they would come through so spectacularly?" he writes in The Weekly Standard. "The ludicrous media feeding frenzy about the Palin family hyped interest in her speech, enabling her to win a huge audience for her smashing success Wednesday night at the convention. Indeed, it even renewed interest in McCain, who seems to have gotten still more viewers for his less smashing -- but well-received -- presentation the following evening."

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