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9:35 PM, Oct 2, 2008 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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She's looking pretty good, here. She missed an opportunity to go after the Dems on culpability on the financial crisis, but that's the inexplicable tack the McCain campaign is taking. She did point out that McCain supported more regulation for Fannie/Freddie two years ago and was unsupported by Senate colleagues, but she didn't mention Obama by name.

The populist talking point about greed and corruption on Wall St. is killing me without some balancing talk about government meddling in the market. I would have liked to have seen her throw some of Biden's colleagues' quotes back in his face. Biden is being allowed to tout Obama's writing of a letter about Fannie/Freddie as equivalent to McCain's history of pushing for regulation of the mortgage monsters.

I quote the Washington Post:

In 2006, he pushed for stronger regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- while Mr. Obama was notably silent. "If Congress does not act, American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, the overall financial system, and the economy as a whole," Mr. McCain warned at the time.

Two great Palin-connection moments so far: Talking about the economic crisis in terms of being on the sidelines of a neighborhood soccer game. Also, using the phrase "bless their hearts," in reference to her face-offs with oil companies in Alaska.