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MEETING THE PRESS….Yesterday I wondered how long it would be until the McCain campaign was willing to let Sarah Palin out in public to meet with the national press. David Corn doesn’t have an answer for us yet on this vital question, but today he moves the ball a few yards down the field:

On Monday night, I encountered Mark Salter, a top McCain adviser, outside the St. Paul Hotel, and I asked him when Palin’s first press conference would be. Her did not seem eager to talk about it. “After the convention,” he said. Soon after the convention? “After,” he repeated. Whenever it occurs, it will be some session.

They definitely don’t seem eager to find out what will happen when she sits down with reporters without a briefer present. No surprise there, especially since even McCain himself is none too eager to sit down with the press these days either. Considering the bloodbath that’s just waiting to happen when they do, I guess I can’t blame him.

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