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Strategy Memo: Bright New Levi

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota -- Good Wednesday morning. Lobbying and lobbyists are alive and well at both conventions this year, with folks openly discussing to whom they wrote big checks. Watch this space for more on that later. Here's what else the Twin Cities and Washington are watching today:

-- Fred Thompson, Joe Lieberman and President Bush did their best to get the focus back on John McCain during the (kind of) first day of the Republican convention, which wrapped up about ten hours from publication time. Bush's address, via satellite from the White House, was "mercifully short," says one Republican insider, echoing the sentiments of many. And while there would have been an open revolt had Lieberman been added to the ticket, giving him a prime speaking slot from which to bash Obama as inexperienced worked plenty well.

-- But a day into the convention, more people are talking about Sarah Palin -- and, for that matter, Levi Johnston -- than they are about McCain. Palin is set to accept the Republican nomination for vice president tonight, barring some crazy and unforeseen change of plans in the next twelve hours, and she remains the talk of the town. That's still a good thing, though; Palin has done what other candidates and John McCain couldn't do: Excite the GOP base.

-- Democrats aren't going to let Palin make it to the weekend, much less to November, without adding their own two cents on her public image. Politico's Ben Smith got ahold of a research binder on Palin prepared for former Alaska Governor Tony Knowles' 2006 race against her, and the party has focused their attacks on what they call her lack of experience and her positions on earmarks and a number of other issues that paint her as too far right.

-- It might be good for Republicans to take a glance at the document, as the party still doesn't seem to know much about the Alaska governor. Palin was not interviewed until the day before she was chosen as McCain's nominee, the Washington Post's Dan Balz writes today. One of two finalists for the job -- the other was Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty -- Palin was in Arizona last Wednesday to interview with vetter extraordinaire A.B. Culvahouse and to meet top McCain aides Mark Salter and Steve Schmidt. She was offered the job Thursday.

-- The selection process through which Palin went has become the renewed focus of media scrutiny (And that's terribly odd: The media is criticizing McCain for not finding out what they might find out in the future. An ill-vetted veep seems like it would be the best of all possible worlds for the insatiable press). And that's a bad thing for the McCain campaign. In the end, though, Palin's selection remains an overwhelming positive, having renewed interest in the party's presidential ticket and shrunk what was starting to feel like a deceptively big lead for Democratic rival Barack Obama.

-- The candidates agree, and virtually every political observer agrees, that Palin's daughter -- and indeed all political spouses and children -- should be off limits from criticism or scrutiny during the campaign. But Bristol Palin's husband-to-be, Levi Johnston, is on his way to St. Paul, if he's not already here, the Anchorage Daily News reported yesterday. Johnston's mother told the Daily News Johnston had left Wasilla late yesterday to head to the convention to be with the family as Bristol's mother becomes the first Republican woman formally nominated for vice president. But if everyone agrees, why turn around and so obviously include him in the ceremonies? It doesn't make a lot of sense for the McCain campaign.

-- Risk Of The Day: Barack Obama will sit down with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, the New York Times reports, in what can only be called a no-win situation for the Democratic presidential candidate. Obama will sit down with O'Reilly on Thursday, before John McCain addresses his convention, guaranteeing serious attention on the network's highest-rated show. Fox News chief Roger Ailes tried to convince Obama that his network would be fair to the Democrat's campaign, per the Post's Howard Kurtz, but going on O'Reilly isn't the same as appearing on the rest of the networks. Obama, it seems, is taking a big risk.

-- Today On The Trail: McCain ends his slow and winding road to St. Paul when he arrives at the Minneapolis airport to the cheers of supporters. He will be in the city when Palin makes her speech this evening. Obama is in New Philadelphia, Ohio for a meeting with voters on the economy at Kent State University. Later, he attends a barbeque in Dillonvale, Ohio. After canceling appearances because of the hurricane, Joe Biden is back on the trail, with a town hall meeting slated for Sarasota.