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GOP watch: Role reversal

The Washington Post examines the role reversal between Sen. John McCain and his 2008 running mate Sarah Palin: "The understudy is now the star… Cable news was fixed on Palin as she delivered her introduction of McCain at a rally in Tucson on Friday afternoon. Minutes after McCain took the microphone, they cut away from the rally for other news."

The AP on the "Searchlight Showdown," a Tea Party rally held in Sen. Reid's birthplace: "At least 9,000 people [on Saturday] streamed into tiny Searchlight, a former mining town 60 miles south of Las Vegas, bringing American flags, 'Don't Tread on Me' signs and outspoken anger toward Reid, President Barack Obama, the health care overhaul and other Democrats who supported it. Palin told them the big-government, big-debt spending spree of the Senate majority leader, Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is over. 'You're fired!' Palin said."

The New York Times adds, "Waving her 'poor man's teleprompter' as she called her hand, she hit all the Tea Party high notes about the need to bring the government back in line with the Constitution, as well as some of her now-standard punch lines. ('How's that hopey-changey thing working out for you?' and, 'We need a commander in chief, not a professor of constitutional law giving us a lecture.')"