John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMellman: Memories may be beautiful, yet… Schumer to oppose Pompeo as secretary of State Arizona GOP blocked from changing rules on filling McCain's seat MORE's decision to send two of his closest allies to Georgia is receiving grudging praise from bloggers on left but surprising skepticism from a blogger on the right. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has sharp words for one McCain buddy, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), liberal bloggers note. And possible centrist veep picks get blasted by online backers of both candidates.

McCain, who will send Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP anxiety grows over Trump’s Iran decision Overnight Cybersecurity: Senators eye path forward on election security bill | Facebook isn't winning over privacy advocates | New hacks target health care Paul backs Pompeo, clearing path for confirmation MORE (R-S.C.) and Lieberman to Georgia, is using the Russian invasion to his political advantage while his opponent, Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaDems flip New York state seat that Republicans have held for nearly four decades Trump denies clemency to 180 people Mellman: Memories may be beautiful, yet… MORE, is on vacation, writes Firedoglake's Jane Hamsher. The trip by two of McCain's closest colleagues seems designed to shoulder President Bush aside as the primary Republican leader, writes TPM Election Central's Greg Sargent. But a mission by senators, who can receive State and Defense department briefings, appears to be an attempt to squeeze a photo op out of a crisis that the White House doesn't need distractions on, writes Hot Air's Allahpundit.

Now that Pelosi has said that Lieberman's standing within the Senate Democratic caucus is in danger, maybe Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidLobbying world Senators fume over fight to change rules for Trump's nominees After Dems stood against Pompeo, Senate’s confirmation process needs a revamp MORE (D-Nev.) will firm up and give a similar statement, writes Josh Orton at MyDD. Pelosi, who knocked Lieberman only after he criticized Obama's patriotism, should have been criticizing the former Democrat earlier, writes Firedoglake's Hamsher.

McCain's statement in an interview that he'd consider a pro-choice running mate such as former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge (R) prompts Michelle Malkin to urge her pro-life readers to let McCain know what they think. And though kos thinks that the boomlet for Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) as a possible Obama veep may be a way to make Virginia Gov. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineOvernight Defense: VA nominee on the ropes | White House signals it will fight for pick | Trump talks Syria with Macron | McConnell tees up Pompeo vote House lawmakers renew push for war authorization We need more congressional oversight on matters of war MORE (D) seem more palatable to liberals, a text message announcing either of them as the pick would make many Obama backers hurl their cell phones against the wall.

FROM THE BLOGS:
McCain's Got The Stage and He's Using It - J. Hamsher, Firedoglake
McCain to Send Lieberman, Graham to Georgia - G. Sargent, TPM EC
McCain: Lieberman, Graham to Georgia - Allahpundit, Hot Air
McCain: 'Nations Don't Invade Other Nations' - smintheus, Daily Kos
Pelosi Questions Lieberman's Standing - Josh Orton, MyDD
Pelosi Smacks Lieberman Around - Jane Hamsher, Firedoglake
McCain Floats VP Pro-Choice Trial Balloon - Michelle Malkin
McCain's Pro-Choice Trial Balloon? - Chris Cillizza, The Fix
Bayh? Kaine? - kos, Daily Kos

OTHER NEWS SOURCES:
McCain Won't Rule Out Pro-Choice Running Mate - Weekly Standard
Democrats Pick Warner as Keynote Speaker - Washington Post
Charismatic Gov. Kaine Rises to Short List - New York Times
Pelosi Joins Dems Softening Stance on Drilling - Los Angeles Times