Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's (R) counterpunch at the anonymous John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump plan to claw back billion in spending in peril McCain calls on Trump to rescind family separation policy: It's 'an affront to the decency of the American people' Senate passes 6B defense bill MORE aides who have maligned her in the media gets mixed reactions from bloggers on the left and right, while liberals question Sen. Norm Coleman's (R-Minn.) attempt to stop some absentee votes from being counted in his narrow reelection race.

Palin has slammed the aides who have slammed her, Ann Althouse declares after Palin told reporters Friday that the anonymous aides are "jerks," and that allegations that Palin didn't know Africa was a continent or the members of NAFTA were "cruel" and "mean-spirited." Palin finally got something right by calling the aides out for what they are, AMERICAblog's Joe Sudbay declares, while Political Animal's Steve Benen says it was a mistake for Palin to keep the story in the news. And it seems everyone is out to get Palin, Hot Air's Allahpundit suggests, citing rumors that several McCain aides, in addition to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's (R) campaign, could have made the allegations.

Coleman is out for a repeat of the 2000 presidential election, TalkingPointsMemo's Josh Marshall decides after news that Coleman filed an injunction to stop the counting of 32 absentee ballots in Minneapolis. Open Left's Matt Stoller says Coleman's injunction proves Republicans don't care about Democracy, while Power Line's Scott Hinderaker thinks Democrat Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenRichard Painter puts out 'dumpster fire' in first campaign ad Bill Clinton says 'norms have changed' in society for what 'you can do to somebody against their will' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump: `A very great moment in the history of the world’ MORE's campaign could be trying to influence the vote-counting process.

And Anchorage Mayer Mark BegichMark Peter BegichFormer Alaska senator jumps into governor race Overnight Energy: Trump directs Perry to stop coal plant closures | EPA spent ,560 on customized pens | EPA viewed postcard to Pruitt as a threat Perez creates advisory team for DNC transition MORE (D) could surpass incumbent Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) as votes are counted in their narrow race, Nate Silver predicts at FiveThirtyEight. Stevens leads by 3,200 votes as ballots are still being counted, and Silver says Begich's lead among early voters could help him as those ballots are counted.

FROM THE BLOGS:
Coleman Trying to Stop Vote Counting - Matt Stoller, Open Left
Stop Trashing Palin - M.J. Rosenberg, TPM Cafe
McCain's Web Campaign - Dan Riehl, Riehl World View
Another State Chair Defends Palin - A. Carpenter, Townhall.com
Palin and Africa, Etc. - Dan Lowry, The Corner
Norm Gettin Squirelly - Josh Marshall, TalkingPointsMemo
On Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin - RedState
Chambliss Uses 9/11 Footage in Latest Ad - SusanG, Daily Kos
Blue Dogs Want a Seat at the Table - Ed Morrissey, Hot Air

OTHER NEWS SOURCES:
Obama Aims to Act Swiftly Once in Office - Washington Post
Stinging Talk about Obama? Never Mind Now. - NY Times
Pelosi, Reid Urge for Extended Aid to Carmakers - Bloomberg