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The Ticket's weekend web wanderings

January 13, 2008 |  5:56 am

Some weekend web findings:

Dana Perino, Ed Gillespie and Stephen Hadley of the White House are blogging on behind-the-scenes of the President's current Middle East trip, though they call it "Trip Notes."

Does the Politico's Mike Allen ever sleep? He's online at 2 a.m. He's filing on President Clinton's whinings about Barack Obama's special treatment at 5:21 p.m. And at 10:30 p.m. Saturday night he's got Sunday's new Michigan poll results showing Mitt Romney's opened an 8-point lead over Sen. John McCain in what is an almost-must-win for the former governor of Massachusetts.

Michelle Malkin captures Mike Huckabee's priceless on-air response to Fred Thompson's attacks on him in the Myrtle Beach GOP debate.

The Swamp describes a little-noticed incident at Chicago's venerable Midway ....

Airport Saturday. Enroute home from some Las Vegas appearances, Obama's Gulfstream II brushed wings with a parked Cessna. Appropriately enough, it was the left wing.

It's never too premature to talk about vice presidential possibilities. For the Democrats, their three top contenders for the top job are all from east of the Mississippi. Colorado's Rebecca Boyle suggests they look to the West for a No. 2 for a change instead of the South and she nominates her governor, Bill Ritter. As it happens, he will be hanging around the Democratic National Convention a lot this summer because it's in Denver in August, which is a whole lot better than, say, St. Louis in August.

For the Republicans, if the nominee is McCain, he'll have to look toward the East. If it's Romney or Giuliani, they'll have to look to the West. Notice Arkansas is right about in the middle. Not that religion would ever matter in American politics, but a Baptist would make a good balance for an Episcopalian (McCain), a sort-of Catholic (Giuliani) or a Mormon (you know that one already).

Feel the need to track the travels of the presidential candidates? It looks more complicated than it is, but try this.

If you don't care about Ron Paul, the Republican candidate with the libertarian ideas, then don't go to the new blog here called the Daily Dose and written by the newly-hired Dan McCarthy on the Texan's campaign website. It reports, by the way, that he's raised another $763,000 so far this month in addition to last quarter's nearly $20 million. We suspect Paul's campaign will be around a while.

Interesting contrast here, Romney cuts off ad spending in South Carolina and Florida. Giuliani stops paying his top staff. And Ron Paul is opening new offices. May be a larger message there, despite Paul's meager 10% and 8% showings in Iowa and New Hampshire, respectively.

Marc Ambinder's got an interesting examination of the Democratic Party's racial politics currently being roiled up by, of all people, America's alleged first black president, Bill Clinton. Or was that the "fairy tale"?

If we picked presidents according to their name, Cap Fendig would have to be my choice.

Speaking of presidential names, here's why Giuliani, Thompson, Kucinich and Huckabee have little chance of winning come November. Brownback, Tancredo and Richardson already figured it out.

Wanna get your mind off politics for a few minutes? Try this.

--Andrew Malcolm

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