TRAIL MIX: Race Heats Up the Campaign, While McCain May Face the Music on Letterman

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In today's news from newspaper campaign blogs: Race, religion and Arabs raise the temperature of the campaign; William F. Buckley's "conservative" son goes for Obama; and McCain may have to face the music on Letterman. Atonement is good for the soulThe FixThe Washington PostChris Cillizza

Cillizza kicks off his blog this morning with an apology: He had reported big GOP ad buys in Maine, suggesting that they thought Sen. Susan Collins was in trouble. Turns out they might have been simply to reach some people in the "toss-up" state of New Hampshire. Cillizza also updates his "electoral" map, declaring that Obama is holding firm with 311 electoral votes. He may need to make an update -- his own paper's poll today (done with ABC) shows Obama with a whopping 10% margin. Campaign tone heats up over raceWashington WireWall Street JournalBy Laura Meckler Over the weekend, a brief firestorm sprang up and back and forth between the Obama and McCain campaigns over its overall tone. Comments made by the legendary civil rights leader Rep. John L. Lewis, which were posted on his re-election site, made tempers rise. He wrote that he was deeply disturbed by the "negative tone" of the McCain campaign and suggested that the McCain- Palin team, like the infamous segregationist George Wallace, was "sowing the seeds of hatred ... playing with fire, and if they are not careful, that fire will consume us all." The McCain campaign suggested that Lewis' comments were meant to stifle and "intimidate" criticism of Obama. In turn, according to Laura Meckler of the Washington Wire, Obama's spokesman responded, suggesting that while Lewis' policy criticism is in no way comparable to George Wallace and his segregationist policies, John Lewis was right to condemn some of the "hateful rhetoric" that McCain himself once personally rebuked. Hot tempers on the campaign trailPolitical IntelligenceBoston GlobeBy Sasha Issenberg Perhaps the negativity in the McCain ad campaign is beginning to actually catch up with the Republican candidate this week. John McCain was booed at a town hall meeting when he rebuked a man who said he was "scared to bring a child up" under an Obama presidency. McCain had to tell the man that Obama is a "decent person and a person that you do not have to be scared of as president of the United States. …


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