He was announced August 7, the convention ended August 14, his first presser as veep nominee was August 15. Of course he was very well known by then by the country and the national press corps and had given plenty of national press conferences before that date. But since we're counting: that's ten days. Tomorrow, Palin crosses the line into new territory.

And again, it's the second week of September, not the middle of August. Proximity to the election itself matters. This really does feel like a one-party state, doesn't it?

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