Thursday’s Mini-Report

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

* The Dow closed down another 679 points today. It closed below 9,000 for the first time since June 2003, and is now at its lowest points since May 2003.

* Krugman added: “The money markets are frozen; the TED spread is 4.14%. G7 meeting tomorrow, IMF-World Bank over the weekend. Now is the time for major action — an announcement of coordinated capital injections, liquidity measures, and more. If we’ve had nothing except vague assurances by Monday….”

* McCain spent the day smearing Obama for knowing Bill Ayers. It comes a day after his campaign assured us that McCain would not smear Obama for knowing Bill Ayers.

* McCain has begun using Hillary Clinton to excuse his Ayers-related attacks. Clinton is not amused.

* A day after Obama dared McCain to bring these attacks to his face, Joe Biden also questioned McCain’s fortitude: “In my neighborhood, when you’ve got something to say to a guy, you look him in the eye and you say it to him.”

* Todd Palin seems to have had an “Ahab-like obsession” with Mike Wooten. (The “Troopergate” report is still due tomorrow, by the way.)

* No one seems to think McCain’s mortgage policy makes any sense.

* Remember that undecided voter in the debate, who McCain said had probably never heard of Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac? He’s feeling a little insulted right about now.

* MSNBC’s “First Read” might not remember it, but McCain, by his standards, voted to cut off funding for the troops in the middle of a war.

* Charles Keating once told McCain, in writing, “I’m yours till death do us part.” Wow.

* The Lee Country sheriff who appeared in uniform to smear Obama and praise McCain is now under investigation for his partisan efforts. (thanks to reader K.Z.)

* McCain-Palin fanatics are getting really scary.

* No, really, I mean it. These folks are stark raving mad.

* You think I’m kidding, but seriously, these folks have lost it.

* Have you heard about the American Center for Sarah Palin Inspriational [sic] Limericks?

* And finally, it’s possible there have been more pathetic interviews than the one last night between Hannity, McCain, and Palin, but I honestly can’t think of one.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

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Steve Benen

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.