The Trail: A Daily Diary of Campaign 2008


Making the Rounds

Who Let the Dogs Out?

By Garance Franke-Ruta
From the "Da-ad, you're embarrassing me!" files comes this newly viral video of presidential aspirant and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney trying to relate to the youth of today at a campaign stop in Jacksonville, Fla. The kids in the video all seem to be having fun, but online, the commentary on this clip, by CBS News's Scott Conroy, has been as cringe-inducing as the video. See for yourself:

Posted at 7:55 PM ET on Jan 22, 2008  | Category:  Making the Rounds
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Unfortunately, T.V. has changed our national political campaigns -- ever since Nixon vs. Kennedy -- for better or worse.

Posted by: JakeD | January 23, 2008 11:48 AM

Ivo Oscar Faleiro:

Perhaps you have not been following the primaries (especially the last debate) too closely, but I don't think Hillary and Obama like each other all that much -- besides, why should Obama wait EIGHT YEARS for another chance at the Oval Office -- like his wife, Michelle, said: It's now or never! Here in the United States, the Office of Vice-President is not like Prime Minister at all -- one of the occupants described the job as not being worth a "warm bucket of spit" (cleaned-up version).

Posted by: JakeD | January 23, 2008 11:46 AM

So continues the Washington Post's inexorable march toward mediocrity.

Posted by: zukermand | January 23, 2008 11:46 AM

An appeal to Democratic Party voters in caucuses and primaries.

I appeal to all my democratic American brothers and sisters who are voting in the caucuses and primaries to select their presidential nominee. This appeal comes from a person from India, the biggest democratic nation.

Destiny awaits you. The greatest day in American history awaits you. The annals of history wait to be rewritten, provided you choose Hillary Clinton as your presidential nominee. Thus, for the first time in your history you won't have to say Americans never had a chance to elect a woman president. It doesn't end here.

I also appeal to Hillary Clinton to request, choose and declare Barack Obama as her vice presidential candidate. And I also appeal to Barack Obama to accept it in good faith, for better and not for worse. Thus, again for the first time in the history of this great nation you won't have to say we never had a black vice president.

KILL TWO BIRDS AT ONE SHOT! I wonder which Republican combination can challenge such a great duo.

Even in India we had woman prime minister and now president. And prior to as a nation, we had Queens like Rani of Janshi and others. Who have said that women are bad leaders or politicians? Why Americans have to shy away from electing a woman president? I know Americans are good people and they will all unitedly rise up to the occasion to elect a woman president and a black vice president, thus creating a new history in the history of this great nation.


Ivo Oscar Faleiro.
Goa - INDIA.

Contact: ;

PS: Please pass this appeal to all your American friends without fail and especially to Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton. God bless you all.

Posted by: iofaleiro | January 23, 2008 11:02 AM

A new poll from California shows that Romney is much closer to McCain than I'd have expected, in what is essentially THE state to get on February 5th. Link to polls:

Posted by: campaigndiaries | January 23, 2008 10:32 AM

ok cbs and washington post ... what's the point? are you showing us you have a new cell phone that takes pictures? you are bunch of immature - perhaps never to mature even if you grow up - small minded hicks.

Posted by: jwoods2 | January 23, 2008 10:10 AM

Doesn't the Wapo have a 1% real content requirement? Any chance of fulfilling that requirement by, say, discussing the hugely obvious flaws in the contenders' policies?

How's the MSM going to look when citizen journalists go to campaign events, ask questions like the following, and then upload the response to Youtube?

All it takes is a couple people to do things like that and it's going to become an internet sensation. It's also going to make the MSM look very, very, very bad.

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | January 22, 2008 11:50 PM

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