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O’REILLY & GRETA & BRISTOL, OH MY! O’Reilly weighs in on the Bristol Palin / Levi Johnston fallout: MSNBC “incredibly viscious”; “disturbed individuals egged on by . . . the Air America on the radio.”

BONUS: Greta downplays O’Reilly’s characterization that she is “close to the Palin family,” sayinh, “The only way that I’ve met them is by interviewing them. I don’t socialize with them or spend a lot of time with them.”

Greta goes on to chastize journalists who are “gushing with glee” to her at the news; O’Reilly says, “nobody would do that to me.”

PALIN POLLIN’ IOWA? The Mudflats heard tell of some peculiar robocalls fielded in Iowa and New Hampshire. The recording went a little something like this:

I wanted to let you know that I just received an interesting phone call.  It was an automated poll and it asked the following questions:

1. Do you have a favorable opinion of Sarah Palin?

2.Gov. Palin thinks A, B, C, D & E do you agree with Gov. Palin?

3.Do you feel it is important that Gov. Palin is reelected as Gov. of Alaska?

The Iowa Independent weighs in on the premature polling:

Notably, some of the governors whose names are mentioned as possible candidates will have to decide whether to run for reelection in 2010.  Put Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal into that category with Palin.  The three of them might find it awkward to run for reelection as governor with all of their state’s voters asking whether they still even want the job.

WHO COMMISSIONED THE POLL? It’s not clear yet, but the Independent ventures it ain’t Palin:

This far out from an election, polling is very difficult, and anybody who is considering running for president might find the results of a poll about Palin more useful than a poll about themselves.  If a recorded voice called you up and started asking whether you thought Pawlenty should run for reelection as governor, would you even know whom it was talking about?

SUCK IT, JINDAL: Alaska’s Mount Redoubt erupts, “spews ash and steam to 50,000 feet”; ash cloud possibly heading toward Anchorage.

CONSERVATIVE PAPE NAILS PALIN: The Alaska Standard reviews Palin’s Anchorage Lincoln Dinner speech, wherein the Governor complains about media criticism during the election (again) and compares herself to Abraham Lincoln (for possibly the first time):

[Palin] spent the bulk of her speech talking about tearing down and critics, but nothing about the economic future of the state. She announced what the personal financial cost of her “open and transparent” has cost her to avoid being open and transparent. As a matter of fact, only one person spoke of issues greater than self with any conviction and clarity, and that person is the clear face of the Alaska Republican Party: Lisa Murkowski.