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Barack Obama was booed for commending John McCain’s efforts to calm his crowd at an earlier rally — for which he was booed. Perhaps we could have a national “boo” moment and get it all out of our systems. Suffice it to say we have not reached post-partisan nirvana.

If you didn’t have enough things to worry about, Michael Barone warns: “In this campaign, we have seen the coming of the Obama thugocracy, suppressing free speech, and we may see its flourishing in the four or eight years ahead.”

Glenn Reynolds puts the “angry Right” in context: “The Angry Left has gotten away with all sorts of beyond-the-pale behavior throughout the Bush Administration. The double standards involved — particularly on the part of the press — are what are feeding this anger.”

Maxine Waters lies about receiving campaign donations from Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Congressional hearings would be a edifying for many people.

Only in this election would Sarah Palin feel compelled to say: “Please, it is not negative and it’s not mean-spirited to talk about his record.” And she’s about the only one talking about Obama’s Illinois state senate record — which is alarming if you are hoping for moderation on abortion or the Second Amendment.

Yes, some of the polls‘ methodology is suspect, but it’s probably close enough, which after all is what “margin of error” is all about.

McCain criticizes the Bush administration for removing North Korea from the list of state sponsors of terror. Finally something conservatives can heartily agree on. This is sheer capitulation, but should make for an easy transition if Obama is elected. Just think of it as a preview of things to come: there are simply no consequences for bad behavior and no real pressure applied to rogue states.

Better late than never? “As part of a plan to reinvigorate his flagging campaign, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is considering additional economic measures aimed directly at the middle class that are likely to be rolled out this week, campaign officials said. Among the measures being considered are tax cuts – perhaps temporary – for capital gains and dividends, the officials said.”

Jack Kelly provides a handy guide to Obama’s “fishy” associations but correctly concludes that ” if Mr. McCain is unwilling to confront Mr. Obama about his radical associations, then the issue will have no traction, because you can be sure few journalists will report on them independently. He has one more chance, on Wednesday.”