TRAIL MIX for Wednesday: ‘Go Tell Momma, I’m Voting for Obama’

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By: Kathryn Blaze Carlson

Our daily wrap-up of some of the best offerings on newspapers’ political blogs.

‘Obama Art’: Where it’s Coming From
The Swamp
Chicago Tribune
Post by Mark Silva
Video by John Owens and Antonio Peres

Been running into Obama more than usual lately? If you live in New York or California, you might find yourself bumping into him at least once a day. Thanks to graphic artist Ray Noland, trendy Obama posters dot the cities and convey a clear message: “Go Tell Mama, I’m voting for Obama,” said Mark Silva at the Chicago Tribune’s The Swamp. Click on Silva’s post (scroll to the one called “‘Obama Art’: Where it’s Coming From”) and check out the Chicago Trib’s embedded video on Noland’s animated campaign. Pop over to Noland’s own site and watch his catchy animated short here.


Inside John McCain’s Game Plan: “It’s Not Supposed to be Easy”
Top of the Ticket
Los Angeles Times
By Andrew Malcolm

With recent polls showing McCain trailing Obama, it’s a good thing for his supporters that the Arizona Senator enjoys being the underdog, points out Andrew Malcolm in today’s post at the L.A. Times’ Top of the Ticket. At a fundraiser last night in Newport Beach (guests dined on filet mignon priced at a modest $25,000 a couple), McCain said, “‘My friends ? this is a tough race. We are behind. We are the underdog.’ And then he uttered another truth that McCain’s competitors ignore at their peril: “That’s what I like to be.'”


Obama: Umm, I Back the Democrat
Political Intelligence
Boston Globe
By Foon Rhee

“It’s come to this,” writes Foon Rhee of the Boston Globe’s Political Intelligence in today’s post. Come to what, might you ask? “A Republican US senator, trying to keep his seat in November when there could be a Democratic surge, is citing praise of him by presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama, who then has to clarify that he is actually supporting the Democratic candidate,” said Rhee, pointing to this television ad. Just in case anyone was confused, the Obama campaign issued the following statement: “Barack Obama has a long record of bipartisan accomplishment and we appreciate that it is respected by his Democratic and Republican colleagues in the Senate. But in this race, Oregonians should know that Barack Obama supports Jeff Merkley for Senate. Merkley will help Obama bring about the fundamental change we need in Washington.”


Campaign Developments
Beltway Confidential
Houston Chronicle
Post by Jules

Did you hear the big news? McCain might be starting a new trend: “geezer chic.” Over at the Houston Chronicle’s Beltway Confidential, Jules points to San Francisco Chronicle columnist Debra Saunders’ post on RealClearPolitics in which she writes this of the Arizona Senator: “He still cannot read a teleprompter. He hangs onto that microphone as if it is 1979. McCain’s supporters look at the charisma-oozing, swoon-inducing Barack Obama and sigh that the GOP nominee is hopelessly out-cooled. He’s 71. He’s so old that he actually served in the military. He’s so old his trophy wife is in her 50s.” In the end she asks, “Is there a such thing as geezer chic?” Hmm. Good question.





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