Also lost in the shuffle yesterday -- the big fundraising numbers posted by the McCain camp. McCain raised at least $47 million in August, his biggest haul so far and a sign that he is dispelling doubts about his campaign among conservative donors." The number comes pretty close to Obama's July haul of $51 million. No word on Obama's camp's August.
Appearing on "Morning Joe," Joe Lieberman provided some other little-known details of the behind-the-scenes on him being on the VP short list: "When Rick Davis called me a while back and said John wanted to put me on the short list, I was very surprised. I said he doesn't have to do that to thank me. And he said, no no, no, he is very serious."
Lieberman said he "didn't talk to John about it." He said he thanked him, and told him he was "honored." Lieberman, who talked a little of being vetted and talking to lawyers, said as of Thursday, he still didn't know if he would be picked. He said McCain called him Thursday night and didn't explicitly tell him it wasn't him, but he could read the "tea leaves." He heard Friday morning that it was Palin.
He praised Palin, saying she held some views he disagreed with but called her "fresh" and lauded her reformer image. Asked if she would have been selected if she weren't a woman, Lieberman said, "I don't know." He called her an "independent" and "a political power broker." "Obviously, the fact that she's a woman, I consider it a bonus. … John was obviously considering people with great records, but wanted to pick someone different; he really is the change candidate."
As far as his role in the Democratic caucus and if he was bothered by Democrats' reactions to his role in McCain's campaign, he said, "You gotta be a little bothered. But I understand. I feel really strongly that this is a crossroads election… We need the right president. I'll take whatever lumps, happy to come with it… Senators being senators they're still pretty cordial."