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Rep. Jack Murtha’s obnoxious slur of his own constituents probably is worth a point or two for John McCain in Pennsylvannia.

Barack Obama lied about Colombia? Oh yes.

In case you hadn’t appreciated the prospect of an undivided government with large Democratic majorities in both the House and Senate, here’s a list.

Joe the Plumber is one savvy, insightful guy. The “egghead” class will sniff, but he makes more sense than 90% of professional politicians. And, of course, he’s in the latest ad.

If you thought Barack Obama was lying about his abortion record, you were right. Even voters who are not pro-life might be irked by the dissembling and the willingness of Obama to take extreme positions to satisfy the loudest constituency groups (Planned Parenthood, in this case) in the Democratic party.

Never too early to start testing the waters for 2012? The GOP could do a lot worse than Bobby Jindal.

So Obama will sit down with Ahmadinejad but not the Republican Jewish Coalition? Apparently debating informed and able adversaries isn’t high on the Obama team’s priorities, these days.

McCain apologizes to David Letterman?! Ugh.

I agree with James Taranto that “the most troubling thing about Obama’s relationship with Wright has nothing to do with race. It is, rather, Obama’s apparent insouciance in the face of Wright’s hostility toward America, the country Obama wants to lead.” It is especially ironic (hypocritical?), given that Obama chastised Sarah Palin for not responding to over-the-top comments from the campaign rally crowd (“your running mate didn’t mention, didn’t stop, didn’t say ‘Hold on a second, that’s kind of out of line.’”).

And yes, Obama has bought into the MSM invention about the nature of those hecklers’ comments. (Or has the MSM bought into Obama’s invention? Hard to keep it straight.)

The Washington Post endorses Obama in a rather half-hearted and apologetic fashion.

Do you think it’s personal that the McCain camp made NBC wait until after Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham,and local TV in Florida and New Hampshire to get its Sarah Palin interview?

Meanwhile, they seem to love Palin in New Hampshire. It seems there was another Granite State race that turned around very quickly without the pollsters fully noticing. Actually two this year.

McCain’s Alfred E. Smith dinner speech was quite a hoot. Hillary Clinton’s reaction is priceless.

USA Today blasts Big Labor’s Employee Free Choice Act. Shouldn’t every candidate be asked why their election warrants a secret ballot but a vote to unionize a workplace doesn’t?