TRAIL MIX: Our Daily Look at Newspaper Blog Coverage of McCain vs. Obama

By: Kathryn Blaze Carlson

Here some high- and lowlights along the can-pain trail. Happy trails to you.

The Price to Attend Obama’s Speech in Denver
The Caucus
The New York Times
By Michael Falcone

It’s not what you pay, it’s who you know. Heck, it’s not even who you know, it’s who you’ll talk to. That’s the price of attendance to Obama’s speech in Denver. According to a post by Michael Falcone at The New York Times’ The Caucus, “In an interview with The Denver Post, the deputy campaign manager Steve Hildebrand indicated that the price of admission to the speech would be a pledge to volunteer and recruit new voters on behalf of Mr. Obama.” For the low, low “price of activism,” members of the public will receive the “community credentials” necessary to snag a spot at the speech.

Hoyer: Dem Election Outlook “Scary Good”
The Swamp
The Chicago Tribune
By Matthew Hay Brown

What better way to avoid disappointment and hype than by playing the expectations game. While the Dems and the Reps have both been guilty of engaging in said game, the Dems ring in as the most recent winner. On Wednesday, it was Rep. Chris Van Hollen and Sen. Charles Schumer, the chairmen of the Democrats’ House and Senate campaign operations, who warned yay-sayers against “irrational exuberance” over the party’s chances in November. On Thursday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer “hesitated over predicting the number of seats he expects Democrats to gain in the House elections — but for the opposite reason. He says his guess may be too good to be true,” said Matthew Hay Brown in a post at The Chicago Tribune’s The Swamp. According to Hay Brown, Hoyer said, “The environment in which we find ourselves, from a political standpoint, is scary good?And therefore, you sort of pinch yourself and say, ‘Look, we just won a net 30 seats.’s just difficult to believe on top of the significant victory we had last time that we could do as well as I think we might do this time?”

The First Lady Free-For-All: Michelle Vs. Cindy
The Fix
The Washington Post
By Chris Cillizza

The November election may be framed in terms of ‘Obama versus McCain,’ but what about the lady-factor? Sorry Clinton fans, I don’t mean Hillary. Indeed Michelle Obama and Cindy McCain have filtered to the fore, and “new polling conducted in Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin for the and the Wall Street Journal by Quinnipiac University provides some interesting data on how well known each spouse is and what voters think of them,” said Chris Cillizza in a post at The Washington Post’s The Fix. “As expected, Michelle Obama is the better known of the two — a name identification edge born in equal parts of her prominent role in her husband’s campaign and Republicans’ efforts to vilify her?Cindy McCain, a much less high-profile presence on the campaign trail, was both less well known and more widely liked than Michelle Obama,” said Cillizza.

Virginia’s Rep. Cantor Gets a Push to be McCain’s VP
The Washington Wire
The Wall Street Journal
By Susan Davis

With both the Democrat and Republican tickets still half-empty, conjuring possible VP candidates is all the rage. But for Rep. Virgil Goode of Virginia, he didn’t have to look far — he’s cheering on his home-state colleague Rep. Eric Cantor. “On Wednesday, Goode wrote a letter to McCain campaign manager Rick Davis making the case for Cantor. ‘In order for Senator John McCain to be successful, I believe it is highly important that he look right and not left in selecting his Vice Presidential running mate,’ Goode wrote, in a letter reviewed by Washington Wire,” according to a post by Susan Davis at The Wall Street Journal’s The Washington Wire. Davis points out that “Virginia’s been handicapped as a swing state in the race between McCain and his Democratic rival, Barack Obama. President George W. Bush won Virginia handily in 2004, but the state’s Washington suburbs have been trending Democratic.”

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