MORNING READ

John McCain has no explanation that will satisfy liberal bloogers regarding his latest remark about a U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq. One of McCain's possible vice presidential picks, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), is getting more scrutiny for his role in an exorcism. And while Democrats should welcome Vice President Dick Cheney onto the congressional campaign trail, Republican candidates should see a bounce in poll numbers now that the Democratic primaries are over, bloggers write.

Backers of McCain, who responded Wednesday to a question about a withdrawal timeline by calling it "not too important," defended him by saying that the reference was to a deadline, not to the troops or a withdrawal. But failing to have an estimate for the end of U.S. military involvement in Iraq is still problematic, since one is needed if the troops are ever to return, according to Josh Orton at MyDD. McCain, however, shouldn't apologize, according to The Corner's Kathryn Jean Lopez, who finds it rash and more worrisome that Barack Obama is ready to pull troops out within 60 days. The Obama campaign is being misleading when it questions whether McCain is sufficiently concerned about troops' welfare, as McCain's remark showed that he cares more about troops' safety than about a troop pull-out, writes Pejman Yousefzadeh at RedState.

Jindal, a rising star in the Republican Party, once wrote about being involved in an exorcism back when he was in college, according to TPM Election Central's Kate Klonick and Eric Kleefeld, who link to Jindal's article. But if that's all that Democrats dig up, Jindal is in good shape, writes Hot Air's Allahpundit, who would welcome a "Democrats versus Catholics" debate.

When it comes to congressional races, Democrats should hope that Vice President Dick Cheney hits the campaign trail like he did in the recent Mississippi special election, since whenever he does, he reminds people of Republican ties to big energy companies, writes Daily Kos's smintheus. But now that the Democratic presidential primaries are over and activists' energy dissipates, Republicans should see an improvement in their poll numbers like the double digit jump Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) has seen, writes The Next Right's Patrick Ruffini.

FROM THE BLOGS:
Context We Can Believe In - Josh Orton, MyDD
McCain No Apologies - Kathryn Jean Lopez, The Corner
Tempest, Meet Teapot - Pejman Yousefzadeh, RedState
Is Bobby Jindal An Exorcist? - Klonick and Kleefeld, TPM Election
Bobby Jindal, Exorcist? - Allahpundit, Hot Air
NBC/WSJ Poll: Obama Up By Six - Todd Beeton, MyDD
Hit The Road, Joe - Josh Marshall, TalkingPointsMemo
The Case For Gore - Dayo Olopade, The Plank
Attacking Michelle Obama - Isaac Chotiner, The Plank
Tech Illiterate: McCain - kos, Daily Kos
Obama's Integrated New Marketing Campaign - J. Henke, Next Right
Down The Memory Hole: RNC on Immig. - M. Krikorian, Corner
I Endorse Obama For President - Erick Erickson, RedState
Code Pink Founder, Obama Bundler - E. Morrissey, Hot Air
Mr. President, Your Legacy Is More Awful - Bob Cesca, HuffPo
Rahm Offers To Pay For Cheney's Travel - smintheus, Daily Kos
Cornyn Holds 17 Point Lead - Patrick Ruffini, The Next Right

OTHER NEWS SOURCES:
New Gang of 14 Won't Back McCain - The Hill
Leader of Obama's VP Search Team Quits - Washington Post
Union Critical of Obama's Top Aide - New York Times
Joe Lieberman Supports McCain, Causes Friction - Los Angeles Times