Guest post by Scott Hopkins

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Oh no! You mean that mean, bad Democrat had something negative to say about the GOP’s newly-anointed golden one?

But wait…if she really is a pit bull with lipstick, why should valid criticism of her record be off-limits?

It shouldn’t be, and it’s not. Barack Obama today in Terre Haute, Indiana:

Barack Obama made his first direct criticism of Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin on Saturday, saying she pretends to oppose spending earmarks when she actually has embraced them.

“I know the governor of Alaska has been saying she’s change, and that’s great,” Obama said. “She’s a skillful politician. But, you know, when you’ve been taking all these earmarks when it’s convenient, and then suddenly you’re the champion anti-earmark person, that’s not change. Come on! I mean, words mean something, you can’t just make stuff up.”

The earmarks business is a perfect target, and absolutely relevant because of the laughable-on-it’s-face “maverick reformers” thing. The obvious fact is, there are some gaping holes in the armor of this supposedly dynamic duo and it shouldn’t be too difficult hit them where it hurts. Hopefully this is just the beginning.

It should be noted, however, that Obama’s best stuff was still reserved for the man at the top of the ticket. Or…at least I think he’s still at the top of the ticket.

Obama delivered some of his most withering criticisms yet of McCain, although he did so with chuckles and an air of mock disbelief. McCain has acknowledged voting with President Bush 90 percent of the time in Congress, Obama said.

“And suddenly he’s the change agent? Ha. He says, ‘I’m going to tell those lobbyists that their days of running Washington are over.’ Who is he going to tell? Is he going to tell his campaign chairman, who’s one of the biggest corporate lobbyists in Washington? Is he going to tell his campaign manager, who was one of the biggest corporate lobbyists in Washington?”

“I mean, come on, they must think you’re stupid,” Obama said as the crowd laughed and cheered.

I’ll say it again: this is how a Democrat wins the White House.