That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.
With global markets plunging, it will be interesting what play each campaign’s attacks will get. Sarah Palin has suggested that she doesn’t "know why" Obama’s association with Rev. Wright isn’t discussed more, and Barack Obama’s campaign has, for the first time I can remember, brought up John McCain’s associations with Charles Keating.
What is interesting is that the Obama campaign apparently kept the Keating story in their arsenal, as a kind of counter-assault should Ayers and Wright re-enter the picture. What they have produced is not some mere 30-second spot, but a multimedia offensive that includes a 13-minute documentary. The idea, apparently, is that Keating is of economic relevance given that he was a central figure in the Savings & Loan scandal of the late 1980s.
Earmark Mark: More fodder for McCain? Conservative leaning Judicial Watch says it has obtained Barack Obama’s earmark requests when he was in the Illinois state senate, including "a $100,000 grant obtained by Obama for a garden project in Englewood, Illinois, spearheaded by Obama’s former campaign volunteer Kenny Smith. The "Englewood Botanical Garden" project never happened."
Starbucks Politics: In Carson on Saturday, Sarah Palin drew some of her biggest laughs when she told the 8,000 assembled in the Home Depot tennis arena that that morning, "I’m reading on my Starbucks mocha cup, okay? The quote of the day… It was Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State [crowd boos] and UN ambassador. … Now she said it, I didn’t. She said, ‘There’s a place in Hell reserved for women who don’t support other women.’"
Albright says that she was misquoted, and a cup was produced to prove it. It was, "There’s a place in Hell reserved for women who don’t help other women."
Albright told the HuffingtonPost, "Though I am flattered that Governor Palin has chosen to cite me as a source of wisdom, what I said had nothing to do with politics. This is yet another example of McCain and Palin distorting the truth, and all the more reason to remember that this campaign is not about gender, it is about which candidate has an agenda that will improve the lives of all Americans, including women. The truth is, if you care about the status of women in our society and in our troubled economy, the best choice by far is Obama-Biden."
Overlooked in this flap: Palin drinks Starbucks mochas? How about the elitist lattes? I have to defend my own love for all things hot and caffeine-ed.
MIchelle on "Daily Show": Michelle Obama makes her first visit to Jon Stewart’s show on Wednesday.
"SNL" Ratings: Some 10 million people watched "Saturday Night Live," with its spoof of last week’s vice presidential debate, delivering the show its second-best numbers of the season.
Minnesota Ice: Al Franken, Norm Coleman and Dean Barkley hold their first of five (5!) debates on the land of 10,000 lakes.
On the "Thunder" Road: Cuba Gooding campaigns for Obama in Ohio. And here’s more Bruce Springsteen for Obama, this time at Ohio State University on Sunday, where Springsteen was introduced by John Glenn (former astronaut, senator and member of the Keating 5).
And … Bluegrass pioneer Ralph Stanley records this message for Obama.