TRAIL MIX: Can Obama Withstand Negative Campaigning?

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There have been questions as to whether Barack Obama can withstand the upcoming negative campaigning if he is the Democratic nominee, but he's already holding up against three different campaigns, says Alec MacGillis at washingtonpost.com's The Trail. Republicans have attacked him patriotism, Hillary Clinton has called into question his campaign ethics, and now Ralph Nader has put in his two-cents worth.

We may not have heard the last of Mitt Romney. His son, Josh Romney, said the it is "possible" that his father would rejoin the Republican race after dropping out earlier this month, either as a vice presidential nominee, or as "the Republican Party's standard bearer if the campaign of Sen. John McCain falters," says Andrew Malcolm at the L.A. Times' Top of the Ticket.

McCain has had trouble proving his conservative credentials, but some Republicans are willing to support him, despite his moderate stances on some issues. Two conservative governors, Tim Pawlenty from Minnesota and Mark Sanford from South Carolina said they support the Arizona senator and could be on his short list for vice president, says Mark Memmott at USA Today's On Politics.

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison from Texas agrees with one presidential candidate about what to do with Cuba, but it might not be the expected one. Comments the Texas senator made to George Stephanopoulous suggested that she would open to the heads of state from Cuba and the United States talking, a position supported by Obama, says Frank James at the Chicago Tribune's The Swamp. …