TRAIL MIX: Best of Newspapers’ Political Blogs

By: Kathryn Blaze Carlson

We scour the Web each day for highlights from newspaper political blogs. Here are the latest finds.

Huckabee Urges Georgians to Back ‘Second Choice’
Political Insider
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
By Aaron Gould Sheinin

While in Georgia a week ago for a fundraiser for U.S. Rep. John Linder, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee shot a video “urging Georgians to back McCain, who defeated Huckabee for the Republican nomination, even though Huckabee won Georgia,” said Aaron Gould Sheinin in a post at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Political Insider. The video asks Huckabee’s supporters to back the GOP presidential hopeful because “it’s time for Republicans across America, and especially here in Georgia, to unite behind John McCain.”

Political Perceptions: McCain Not Shy on the Economy
The Washington Wire
The Wall Street Journal

With new guy Steve Schmidt taking the reigns of the McCain campaign, the Arizona Senator will join Obama in opening the week by taking on the economy,” reads a post at The Wall Street Journal’s The Washington Wire. Citing a Politico’s Mike Allen, both candidates will address what is being touted as the top domestic priority — with McCain vowing to “balance the federal budget by the end of his first term by curbing wasteful spending and overhauling entitlement programs, including Social Security.”

Obama Leads McCain: Zogby Poll
The Swamp
The Chicago Tribune
By Frank James

An online poll of more than 45,000 likely voters shows Obama leading McCain by six points and ahead by a substantial margin in a state-by-state Electoral College tally, as posted by Frank James at The Chicago Tribune’s The Swamp. “As the race for President passes the Independence Day holiday and heads toward the dog days of summer, Sen. Barack Obama holds a 44% to 38% lead over Sen. John McCain in the horserace contest,” said James.

Word Association Game Top Results: ‘Change’ for Obama; ‘Old’ for McCain
On Politics
USA Today
By Mark Memmott

“Ask people to blurt out their first words about the two presidential candidates and one in five say ‘change’ or ‘outsider’ for Barack Obama and ‘old’ for John McCain,” according to an AP-Yahoo! News poll released this morning and cited by Mark Memmott in today’s post at the USA Today’s On Politics. McCain will likely be more pleased than Obama with people’s second and third choices. For McCain: “military service” and “record, qualifications,” took the number two and three spots. For Obama? “Lack of experience” and “dishonest.”

McCain in Denver for Town Hall Meeting
Politics West
Denver Post

Given that Colorado is considered a possible swing state in November’s general election, both candidates have visited there in an attempt to woo voters. Today, McCain is set to hold a town meeting at a grand ballroom at the Denver Center for Performing Arts, said the Denver Post’s Politics West in one post. On a May 27 trip to Denver, McCain “gave a short speech about working toward a world without nuclear weapons, and found to never to surrender in Iraq.”

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