The Return of TRAIL MIX: Our Daily Review of Newspaper Blog Coverage of the 2008 Campaign

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By: Kathryn Blaze Carlson

After a lag of a few weeks, our daily account of newspaper blog and pundit coverage of the 2008 election campaign returns here.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign photo album’s got something missing
Top of the Ticket
Los Angeles Times
By Andrew Malcolm

For Hillary fans craving a dose of the Clinton crew, have no fear: her online campaign photo album is here. The album will cost you (there’s that pesky $20-million primary debt to take care of) and if you’re looking for some Bill, you’re out of luck, says Andrew Malcolm at the LA Times’ Top of the Ticket. Malcolm adds that while Hillary lovers might be missing her daily presence in the news, polls seem to show her supporters — especially older women — throwing their support behind Obama. Check out Malcolm’s post here.

GOP asks Obama: ‘What’s a Michi-ander?’
The Swamp
Chicago Tribune
By Mark Silva

Obama has some Mich-ianders to answer to. At his appearance at a rally in Detroit, Obama said “to Obama grassroots volunteers, especially Michi-anders for Obama ? I thank you all.” And thanks to the viral nature of YouTube, his blunder of dropping that pesky “g” on “Michiganders” has flown widely, says Mark Silva at the Chicago Tribune’s The Swamp. RightMichigan.com is asking Obama just how Michiganders become Michi-anders and the Republican National Party jumped on his error by asking the same question via e-mail. Check out Silva’s post and the video here.

McCain’s latest ad also says he’s broken from Bush on a key issue
On Politics
USA Today
By Mark Memmott

McCain launched a new ad today aimed at distancing himself from Bush on the hot-button issue of the environment. The ad‘s first seven words are “John McCain stood up to the president,” says Mark Memmott at USA Today’s On Politics. The spot is set to air in “key battleground states” and on national cable, according to the McCain campaign, says Memmott.

The Early Word: McCain on Energy
The Caucus
New York Times
By Michael Falcone

McCain is set to outline his energy policy in a speech today in Houston and is expected to propose measures to increase oil production while promoting conservation, says Michael Falcone at the New York Times’ The Caucus. McCain’s plan is expected to include lifting a moratorium on offshore oil drilling and recommend building new refineries. Falcone’s post says he Democratic National Committee has already vocalized its claim that McCain is simply pumping out Bush’s failed energy policies.
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