MORNING READ

John McCain'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 Graham (R-S.C.) and Lieberman to Georgia, is using the Russian invasion to his political advantage while his opponent, Barack Obama, 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 Reid (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 Kaine (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