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Palin Comes Out Swinging

And keeps hope alive for McCain.

Oct 13, 2008, Vol. 14, No. 05 • By FRED BARNES
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She told Cameron that, with the debate out of the way, she wants to be more accessible to the media. She said she'd never been kept away from the press. "I beg to differ with the notion that I was reined in any way," Palin told Cameron. "But if there was any of that, it's over. And we got to be out there."

One more point. It's a waste of time and talent to have Palin stump jointly with McCain. Palin needs to campaign alone. She can handle it. Her crowds will probably be bigger than McCain's, but he's not likely to let his ego interfere with a strategy that improves his chances of winning the White House.

McCain should feel vindicated. His choice of Palin as his running mate has turned out extraordinarily well. There's never been a national candidate like her, a mother of five from the boondocks who grins as she skewers her opponents. More important, she's given a significant gift to McCain. She's improved his chances of winning.

Fred Barnes is executive editor of THE WEEKLY STANDARD.