The Note: Thousand Day Stare

Filling the Obama seat: Gov. Rod Blagojevich, D-Ill., "said some suitable Obama replacements included Senate President Emil Jones (D-Chicago), Veteran Affairs secretary Tammy Duckworth, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), U.S. Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) and U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) but cautioned against 'reading anything into' his naming of those people," per the Chicago Sun-Times.

On the presidential side, still waiting on final word out of North Carolina, but a growing sense: "On Wednesday, Tar Heels began considering what it means that Barack Obama seems to have won North Carolina, along with her sister Southern states Virginia and Florida. Not since 1976 has a Democratic presidential candidate carried this state," Rob Christensen writes for the News & Observer.

As for Palin -- did we not even know the worst of it? "One senior aide said that Nicolle Wallace had told Palin to buy three suits for the convention and hire a stylist. But instead, the vice presidential nominee began buying for herself and her family -- clothes and accessories from top stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus," Newsweek reports. "According to two knowledgeable sources, a vast majority of the clothes were bought by a wealthy donor, who was shocked when he got the bill. Palin also used low-level staffers to buy some of the clothes on their credit cards. The McCain campaign found out last week when the aides sought reimbursement."

"Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast," one aide told Newsweek.

And one last great moment from the team of mavericks: "Palin asked to speak along with McCain at his Arizona concession speech Tuesday night, but campaign strategist Steve Schmidt vetoed the request," Newsweek reports.

So much love lost: "As a top adviser in Senator John McCain's now-imploded campaign tells the story, it was bad enough that Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska unwittingly scheduled, and then took, a prank telephone call from a Canadian comedian posing as the president of France. Far worse, the adviser said, she failed to inform her ticketmate about her rogue diplomacy," Elisabeth Bumiller writes in The New York Times.

"As a senior adviser in the Palin campaign tells the story, the charge is absurd. The call had been on Ms. Palin's schedule for three days and she should not have been faulted if the McCain campaign was too clueless to notice."

More on the clothing: "The advisers described the McCain campaign as incredulous about the shopping spree and said Republican National Committee lawyers were likely to go to Alaska to conduct an inventory and try to account for all that was spent," Bumiller writes.

It gets worse, on other fronts: Fox News' Carl Cameron reported Wednesday that Palin didn't know which countries were in NAFTA, and she "didn't understand that Africa was a continent, rather than a series, a country just in itself."

The fallout, per CNN's Dana Bash: "Randy Scheunemann, a senior foreign policy adviser to John McCain, was fired from the Arizona senator's campaign last week for what one aide called 'trashing' the campaign staff, three senior McCain advisers tell CNN."

Said Palin on Wednesday: "If I cost John McCain even one vote, I'm sorry about that because John McCain, I believe, is the American hero. . . . I had believed that it was his time."

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