The Friday Political Thread: You Betcha


Unconvincing Quote of the Week
"Well, our founding fathers were very wise there in allowing through the Constitution much flexibility there in the office of the vice president. And we will do what is best for the American people in tapping into that position and ushering in an agenda that is supportive and cooperative with the president's agenda in that position. Yeah, so I do agree with him that we have a lot of flexibility in there, and we'll do what we have to do to administer very appropriately the plans that are needed for this nation. And it is my executive experience that is partly to be attributed to my pick as V.P. with McCain, not only as a governor, but earlier on as a mayor, as an oil and gas regulator, as a business owner. It is those years of experience on an executive level that will be put to good use in the White House also."
Sarah Palin, Republican vice presidential candidate, ostensibly talking about the powers of the office she's seeking

The Week in Brief
– The Senate, then the House, rammed through the multi-hundred-billion bailout (later reframed as a "rescue") of Wall Street.
– A guy from Scranton and a chick from Alaska won a lottery to star in their own 90-minute TV pilot.
– The McCain campaign right-sized its operations in Michigan.
– Voters started strutting their stuff.

Below the Fold
– Katie Halper gets dirty.
– Wayne Allyn Root takes on Palin and Biden.
– Declan McCullagh breaks down the bailout.
– And so does David Freddoso.
– Sean Scallon misses the old, paleocon Palin.

This week's Politics 'n' Prog is all about the bailout.