TRAIL MIX: McCain Does Letterman, MIT Questions the Electoral College, and Palin to Meet Fey?

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In today's news from newspaper campaign blogs (see links at bottom): Tina Fey to meet Gov. Palin? McCain shows up on Letterman and reaches out to Hispanic voters in four "undecided" states, and MIT looks at the Electoral College. Gov. Palin, Tina Fey meet up?On Politics USA TodayBy Mark Memmott USA Today's Mark Memmott reports that during the taping of his rescheduled appearance on CBS-TV's Late Night with David Letterman yesterday, John McCain confirmed that his running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin, will make an appearance on Saturday Night Live this weekend. Memmott of On Politics, asks if she will meet up with Tina Fey, and if so, "Will America be able to tell them apart?" McCain shows up on Letterman, finallyBy Mark Memmott More on McCain's taping with David Letterman which aired last night at 11:30 p.m.: McCain said he "screwed up" by not showing up to the originally scheduled Letterman taping and then going to see Couric before leaving New York for Washington. He also insisted to Letterman that Sarah Palin is ready to lead us through the next 9/11 attack and that she has inspired all Americans and represents what we need now. McCain also took the opportunity to apologize for the media circus he has caused for "Joe the Plumber" since Wednesday night's debate saying, "Joe if you're watching, I'm sorry." He added, "From what I read he is taking it pretty well."

McCain reaches out to Hispanic voters in "toss-up" statesThe TrailThe Washington PostBy Ed O'Keefe A new commercial that will air in Spanish in four states and that is designed to reach possible McCain holdouts will focus on Barack Obama's inability to handle a crisis. In the ad, which will air in Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and New Mexico, focuses on Obama's tax proposals and suggests that Obama's tax proposals and health care mandate make him a "risky" choice -- especially for those needing jobs and for small businesses. Ed O'Keefe points out that McCain's recent English-language ads have had similar messages, but targeting small business owners is savvy microtargeting. …