Another ad-hoc element to the Palin pick is the curious defense of her foreign policy credentials. Republicans and Cindy McCain have mentioned that she understands national security issues in part because she is governor of Alaska, whose borders nearly touch Russia's. A day and a half ago, I asked the campaign for an example of her dealings with Russia or the Russians. I'm still waiting. Again, maybe there's a bad-spin explanation here: They're swamped and are working to get back to me. Or maybe they just made the claim in haste without checking it.

A lot of us are waiting for some pretty basic answers to some pretty basic questions.

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