TRAIL MIX: Howard Dean Concerned About Extended Primary Race

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By: Emily Vaughan

Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean expressed his concerns that a prolonged primary race could hurt his party’s chance at the White House, says Paul Kane at washingtonpost.com’s The Trail. Dean talked with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid about his worries. All three have remained neutral, though their close allies have gone for both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Hollywood went stumping for Clinton in a last push before the important March 4 primaries in Texas and Ohio. Actors Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen spoke to crowds about their positive experiences with the New York senator, says Jill Lawrence at USA Today’s On Politics. Steenburgen told people “she does a girlfriend really, really well,” and Danson said she’ll support children with healthcare and education and even that “when someone’s mean to them, she’ll be willing to spit in their eye.”

For Democrats who can’t get enough of this election while they’re awake, there’s a new outlet for recording their Clinton and Obama dreams. Two new Wen sites, “I Dream of Barack” and “I Dream of Hillary,” were launched for people to share their fantasies, says Jason George at the Chicago Tribune’s The Swamp.
The sites were started by Canadian fiction writer Sheila Heti who had dreams about Obama after meeting the Illinois senator.

John McCain has started looking ahead to his general election campaign strategy. The Arizona senator said he intends to compete in every state, not just those he “needs to win,” says Kate Phillips at The New York Times’ The Caucus. McCain even wants to compete in California, and thinks he’s suited to do so as a western senator who understands Californians’ issues and can win the Hispanic vote.

The traveling press got some rough treatment for Clinton yesterday. When the New York senator was giving a rally in San Antonio, reporters could only watch it on television … from a Burger Activity Center men’s room. The reporters worked from tables next to urinals and even had dinner delivered to the bathroom, says Andrew Malcolm at the L.A. Times’ Top of the Ticket.
The Clinton camp insists this is not a reflection on their opinion of the media coverage.

Today’s Texas primary is big, but the subset of East Texas could be the deciding factor, says Matt Phillips at The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire. The area is home to working-class whites who went Republican in the 1980s under Reagan, amidst worries about the economy, could be posed to switch parties. A win in the region could also boost either Democratic candidate to win the state.

Clinton is getting some love from an unexpected group: the evangelicals, says Foon Rhee at the Boston Globe’s Political Intelligence. An editorial in Christianity Today magazine said that despite their differing views, evangelicals should stop the cheap shots and Hillary-bashing because “while pundits see candidates as punching bags, evangelicals are supposed to see candidates as, well, people.”

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