TRAIL MIX: Highlights From Newspaper Political Blogs

By: Kathryn Blaze Carlson

Wednesday’s highlights from the campaign trail, as reported by newspaper political blogs.

PETA Offers Pet Advice to the Obamas: Save a Shelter Dog
Top of the Ticket
Los Angeles Times
By Andrew Malcolm

It appears that having a dog is essential to taking on the role as America’s commander-in-chief and, according to a post by Andrew Malcolm at the L.A. Times’ Top of the Ticket, the president of a certain pet-loving group is making sure Obama is aware of that notion. “PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) offered itself as advisor to the Obamas on what kind of pet to get. Even though no one remembers asking,” said Malcolm. Apparently PETA President Ingrid Newkirk sent a letter to the Obamas at the Federal Building in Chicago. Check out Malcolm’s post for an excerpt from said letter.

House Aides Push Back on Obama “Symbol” Quote
The Trail
The Washington Post
By Jonathan Weisman

House Democratic aides are downplaying a quote by Obama that insinuates the Illinois Senator may himself be caught up in Obamamania. Apparently Obama made the following comment on Capitol Hill last night: “I have become a symbol of the possibility of America,” according to a post by Jonathan Weisman at The Washington Post’s The Trail. According to House aides, Obama’s words, when taken in context, were actually meant to deflect attention from himself.

Political Perceptions: Dear Mr. President, About the Convention ?
The Washington Wire
The Wall Street Journal

McCain is faced with the pesky job of determining what to do with Dubya at the upcoming RNC. According to a post at The Wall Street Journal’s The Washington Wire, “‘Conventions are usually a place to finesse a candidate’s liabilities,’ writes Slate’s John Dickerson. ‘And yet McCain has to give Kryptonite (Bush) a prime-time speaking spot. When I asked GOP veterans whether there was any way to minimize the damage for McCain, their first reaction was to laugh. Since the convention starts on a Monday, one member of the McCain campaign joked that Bush could speak on Sunday night.'” Good luck to McCain in finding that middle ground: he surely doesn’t want to tick off party faithful, but at the same time he likely wants to show that he’s a “different kind of Republican in a year when the party brand is so damaged,” according to an excerpt from Dickerson’s piece posted by The Wire.

Obama Meets with Dems on Energy
The Swamp
Chicago Tribune
By Amanda Erickson

“With angry motorists facing $4-a-gallon gas, presumptive presidential nominee Barack Obama met with House Democrats Tuesday to map a long-term strategy for curbing U.S. energy consumption and increasing supply, but they gave no indication they are wavering in their opposition to more offshore oil drilling,” according to a post by Amanda Erickson at the Chicago Tribune’s The Swamp. Erickson said that while Obama explained his ideas for a comprehensive energy policy, according to several lawmakers at the meeting he didn’t address “specific legislation to cut the record-high price of gas — a key concern for many voters.”

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