Weekend in Review: Absentee Republicans; Vetting Palin, Now

Neither George W. Bush nor Dick Cheney will attend the convention because of Hurricane Gustav.

Barack Obama and Joe Biden are urging people to evacuate.

Arnold Schwarenegger is staying in California to deal with a budget crisis.

Karen Tumulty reports that the airport in Washington is weirdly empty.

Many New York Republicans are skipping the convention to campaign for State Senate races.

The Hill reports that Republican parties are going to become hurricane-relief events.

Three people in the Twin Cities have been arrested for "conspiracy to incite a riot"; in other words, for planning large protests.

The truckers are coming! To protest gas prices.

Harry Siegel writes that making Rudy Giuliani the keynote speaker was wise, because the G.O.P. needs to broaden its appeal to urban voters.

On FOX this morning, John McCain said his running mate, Alaksa Governor Sarah Palin, is his "soul mate."

He met her for the first time six months ago, and talked to her on the phone twice before making the offer.

"I’m not sure what she brings to the ticket other than she’s a woman and a conservative. Well, she’s a better speaker than McCain," said Palin’s mother-in-law, who may vote for Obama.

"She’s not prepared to be governor; how can she be prepared to be vice president or president?" asked the Republican Alaska State Senate president.

Although Palin claimed she opposed the "Bridge to Nowhere," there’s some evidence that she did not.

Time visits Palin’s hometown.

City Journal condemns the choice.

Here’s Palin as a sports anchor in 1988.

Here she is laughing as a radio host calls a political opponent–and cancer survivor–a "cancer" and a "bitch.

She doesn’t think global warming is caused by man.

She was endorsed by Ted Stevens, and aired an ad advertising her ties to him two years ago.

Andrew Sullivan wonders if this isn’t McCain’s Harriet Miers moment.

Conservatives are happy about Palin.

Jonathan Martin thinks that after the dust settles, voters will go back to caring about bigger issues, and not McCain’s running mate.

Her first campaign apearance, in Pennsylvania, was a roaring success.

The announcement brought in $7 million dollars for the McCain campaign.

Ron Paul supporters are gathing in Minneapolis for their alternative convention.

John Edwards is going to burst back onto the national stage with a speech at Hofstra on September 8.

Weekend in Review: Absentee Republicans; Vetting Palin, Now