Mark Halperin’s three things to watch for in presidential politics for Monday, September 1:
1) Watch Hurricane Gustav. As the storm approaches the Gulf Coast, its path may affect planning at the Republican National Convention, as well as the extent to which the party is able to pursue their political goals for the week.
2) Watch both the Democrats and Republicans to see how they deal with the balance between talking about their concern for the potential victims of Hurricane Gustav and their political maneuvering. Both campaigns have lashed out at times during this crisis, and both have criticized the other side for going on the offensive; watch to see how that plays out today.
3) Watch the continued scrutiny of Sarah Palin. The national media is just beginning to dig in to the Alaska Governor’s past. Watch to see what kind of things come out about Sarah Palin’s relatively unknown background and how the McCain-Palin campaign deals with the challenges as they emerge.