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To add to the steepening mountain some Republicans and many Democrats think Mrs. Palin has to climb, former National Review publisher Wick Allison on Wednesday endorsed the Obama-Biden ticket, saying that the McCain-Palin view of the United States as on a mission to “defeat evil” abroad is a “theological expansion” of that mission sufficient to “make George Washington cough out this wooden teeth.”

Mrs. Palin has seemed to espouse that “theological expansion” in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan on more than one occasion - and has been hammered by the press.