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TRAIL MIX: Obama a Rock Star? Michigan, Florida Delegations Regain Convention Voting Rights

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TRAIL MIX: Obama a Rock Star? Michigan, Florida Delegations Regain Convention Voting Rights

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In Monday's Trail Mix: It's "Obama for Rock Star" in Denver, Michigan and Florida delegations regain their convention voting rights, and Barack jokes about the real benefits of Secret Service protection.

Flying Above Denver: 'Obama For Rock Star. McCain For President'On PoliticsUSA TodayBy Mark Memmott

The "I'm not the celeb, you're the celeb" to-and-fro starring Obama and McCain continued last night in Denver whether the candidates liked it or not. As noted by Mark Memmott at the USA Today's On Politics, a plane flew above the Mile High City trailing a banner that read: "Obama for rock star. McCain for president." According to Memmott, "It's circling above fans coming to see rockers Dave Matthews and Sheryl Crow, who are putting on a show called 'Green Sunday at Red Rocks.'" If you're curious about the "onstage and backstage happenings" at the DNC, check out the lineup at USA Today's sister blog The Political Party.

Obama Makes Joke About Heavily Armed Men NearbyTop of the TicketLos Angeles TimesBy Michael Finnegan

At a Wisconsin barbecue yesterday, Obama candidly revealed his true motive for running for America's top job. Said Obama: "I've decided that the real reason is Secret Service protection for my two girls as they enter into their teenage years." Very clever of the pops looking to be prez, very clever indeed. According to Michael Finnegan at the L.A. Times' Top of the Ticket, "the shorts-and-t-shirt crowd burst into laughter as Obama gestured toward a cluster of men in dark suits." Further disclosing the details of his plan, the Illinois Senator said "So whenever a young man comes by ... for a date, we're going to have one of these guys -- see these mean-looking guys with the glasses who don't crack a smile?" While the crowd giggled, the agents remained stone-faced and "gazed straight ahead without a twitch," said Finnegan.

Michigan and Florida Delegations Regain Full Convention Voting RightsThe TrailThe Washington PostBy Jonathan Weisman

The DNC's Rules and Bylaws Committee yesterday voted to "restore full voting rights to the convention delegates from Florida and Michigan, capping a tumultuous year that saw them stripped of all voting rights, then awarded a half a vote each, only to be forgiven on the eve of the party's national convention," said Jonathan Weisman at The Washington Post's The Trail. According to Weisman, "Even with full voting rights, Florida and Michigan no longer represent a threat to (Obama's) nomination later this week, although the states' delegates tilt toward Sen. …

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