Wednesday morning links

Got a full day ahead of me, and I’m not sure if I’ll be able to post again til later tonight. Here are a few links to get you started this morning. Feel free to use this as an open thread.

—– The Senate will vote tonight on the bailout package. I hear Senate ‘leaders’ have supposedly “strengthened” the package some in an effort to make it more appealing to Democrat and Republican members of the House in hopes that they’ll approve it tomorrow night after they come back from their two day Jewish holiday break.

—– A reminder: The Slickster doesn’t think deregulation caused the current economic crisis, either. Are you listening, Barry Oh!?

—– The debate over how to debate Gov. Palin is raging in news rooms and the blogosphere on the eve of tomorrow night’s veep debate, with former opponents telling people not to assume Gov. Palin is a lightweight, while others try to downplay her debate strengths. I can’t explain why, but I’ve got a calm feeling about how things will go tomorrow night – not as nervous as perhaps some others are. I hope my instincts end up being right :D

—– The battleground state of Ohio has started early voting, and “light turnout” is what they’re saying about the numbers of people taking part in it so far. Keep your eye on this state, and not just because it’s gonna be close:

On Monday, the state Supreme Court and two federal judges upheld the ruling by Democratic Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner that allows new voters to register and cast an absentee ballot on the same day from Tuesday through Oct. 6. Republicans argued that Ohio law requires voters to be registered for 30 days before they cast an absentee ballot.

The Ohio GOP asked the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on Tuesday either to stop same-day voting or require elections official to separate those ballots so the registrations can be verified. But Brunner already has instructed election officials to segregate those ballots and verify the registrations before counting them. A three-judge panel of the federal appeals court denied the request later in the day.

—– And speaking of Ohio, Quinnipiac has released new polling numbers that show Obama has gained in key states like OH since the debate, proving once again that we should never underestimate the ignorance of certain segments of American voters (hello!?). Marc Ambinder looks at these polls and another poll from Pew and asserts that another factor in Mc’s drop in the some polls is that more people now believe Gov. Palin is “unqualified” than those who believed so right after she was announced.

—– The definitive post on the “Gov. Palin approved of billing rape victims for rape kit” drama can be read here, by Bob Owens. His well-sourced conclusion? “The Media and Democratic Party Lied: Palin Did Not Charge For Rape Kits.”

—– Obama as a “Personal Jesus“? I feel ill.

Back later …

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