FRIDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Paul Begala: “John McCain needs what Kinky Friedman calls ‘a checkup from the neck up.’ In choosing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his running mate he is not thinking ‘outside the box,’ as some have said. More like out of his mind.”

* David Gergen was pretty impressed with Barack Obana’s speech last night, calling it “a political masterpiece” and “less a speech than a symphony.”

* The McCain campaign is selling pens on its website that misspell the word “students.” Ouch.

* Sarah Palin actually doubts that human activity is responsible for global warming.

* Palin has never been to Iraq. I’m looking forward to McCain denouncing her disinterest in the troops.

* What a coincidence: “Ad featuring scandal-plagued Ted Stevens endorsing Sarah Palin for governor in 2006 mysteriously vanishes from her campaign Web site.”

* Ezra makes it plain: “[H]ere’s what even [McCain’s] supporters must admit: Country did not come first. Polls did.”

* In a few years, Palin may be as accomplished as Dan Quayle was in ’88.

* McCain is 23 years older than Alaska.

* John Cole on the Palin pick: “It seems so transparently cynical, so deeply poll-driven and focus-grouped, and so manifestly just a bone to the wingnut pro-life base and the 8 PUMA holdouts, that I really can’t treat this pick seriously.”

* For months, Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty have worked their asses off for the McCain campaign, traveling, speaking, doing interviews, and launching attacks. Palin, meanwhile, didn’t do much of anything to help the McCain campaign. As of today, Romney and Pawlenty are pissed.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.