TRAIL MIX: Your Daily Campaign ’08 Nuggets from the Blogs

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By: Emily Vaughan

Amid the excitement of getting the Republican nomination and an endorsement from President Bush, John McCain forgot one important thing – the press. After leaving the White House yesterday, reporters were instructed to hurry back to the campaign bus for the trip to Dulles Airport. And they waited for an hour and half before word got to them that McCain was already on the charter plane waiting, and had forgotten to tell the bus it was OK to leave, says Michael D. shear at washingtonpost.com’s The Trail.

Hillary Clinton stated in her victory speech Tuesday that Ohio is a bellwether state, and that no candidate has won the White House without winning the Ohio primary in recent history. But she’s got her history a little wrong. During all three elections in the 1960s, when John Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard Nixon won, and Clinton was a teenager, the Ohio primary was won by a favorite son and not the eventual presidents, says Don Frederick at the L.A. Times’ Top of the Ticket. And since then, the nominee has usually already been chosen by the time Ohio held its primary.

Barack Obama’s team claims he actually walked away from Texas with five more delegates than Clinton, despite losing the state to the New York Senator, says Mark Memmott at USA Today’s On Politics. The reason for the discrepancy? The other half of the Texas Two-Step, the caucuses, put Obama on top.

Clinton has compared her presidential bids to that of her husband, reminding people that he didn’t get the Democratic nomination until June of 1992. But this time around the situation is a little different, says Conrad Mulcahy at The New York Times’ The Caucus. Not only did Bill start his campaign nearly 10 months later than Hillary (he entered the race in October of 1991, Hillary in January 2007), but the primaries started later, meaning most states hadn’t voted by this point. And even at this early date in 1992, with leaders in the Democratic Party calling the primary process “complete” by late March and early April.

Former Senator and 1996 Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole had praised Obama on Larry King Live last night calling him “the pied piper of American politics” for his ability to rally crowds, says Mark Silva on the Chicago Tribune’s The Swamp. Dole weighed in on the other candidates, noting that though John McCain has been known to have a temper, the former senator never had trouble working him. As for Clinton, he noted that she has the experience card and said that she would also be a good candidate.

Karl Rove may still be the thorn in the sides of many Democrats, but the former Republican political strategist turned TV commentator and Clinton shared a friendly moment on Fox and Friends. While Clinton talked about her Tuesday primary wins, Rove passed a note to the host reminding him more presidents have been born in October than any other month, including Hillary, says Foon Rhee at the Boston Globe’s Political Intelligence.
Clinton replied “Thank you, Karl. I mean, the omens are just stacking up.
What can I say?”

The blogosphere has been abuzz with rumors that Obama was intentionally darkened in a Clinton campaign ad, says Joe Garofoli at SfGate.com’s Politics Blog. The issue was first brought up on the liberal Daily Kos blog.

Clinton spokesperson Jay Carson originally said the color was due to the normal “saturation-desaturation” process from the production on the commercial, but “after a spin-room consultation with the ad’s creator, JayCar told Fox the image wasn’t theirs.”


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