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That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.
Some late polls show Hillary Clinton gaining some ground in Ohio, providing some optimism to a campaign that has endured 11 straight losses. It could show that her attacks on Obama’s national security credentials over the weekend are working, or that media scrutiny of the Illinois senator has gotten more intense. Over the past few days, there’s been questions of just what an Obama adviser said to a Canadian government official about NAFTA (and the campaign’s apparently muddled response), among other things, not to mention the start of the Rezko trial today.
The Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz notes the shift, whether prodded by Clinton campaign whining or “Saturday Night Live.” “The Illinois senator still hasn’t faced the sort of negative onslaught that generally envelops presidential front-runners. But after a year of defying the laws of journalistic gravity, he is being brought back to earth.”
Jack’s Audience: Jack Nicholson’s pro-Hillary video posted more than 1 million views over the weekend. Towleroad interviews one of its creators, John Krokidas.
Reiner Stumps: Rob Reiner campaigned for Hillary Clinton at two gay bars in Dallas on Sunday, joining Gloria Steinem and Chelsea Clinton.
“There is no one in this race who is more on your side than Hillary Rodham Clinton,” Reiner said at J.R.’s Bar & Grill, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Forest Whitaker, meanwhile, campaigned for Barack Obama in Tyler and Marshall.
Tune Out and Turn On: Barack Obama asks parents to turn off the TV set.
Celebrity Centric: More than ever, candidates are taking to “Entertainment Tonight,” Us and People to get out their messages, reports The Politico.
Too Much?: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa returns to Los Angeles today as the Los Angeles Times asks whether he’s spent too much time on the trail for Hillary Clinton.
Sideshow of the Day: Rosie O’Donnell lashed out on Larry King for apparently mocking Fran Drescher on his Friday show. “The Nanny” star started speaking Spanish praising Hillary Clinton in an effort to appeal to Hispanic voters. “It’s getting tough 2 watch,” O’Donnell wrote on her blog, and conducted a poll asking whether King should retire.
Rosie is neutral in the race — she says on her blog that she supports a “unified” ticket.
Running Man: Eric Paquette has found a new way to raise money for Barack Obama — he’s among those training to run in the Chicago marathon on Oct. 12, with each runner planning to raise $2,300 (the contribution limit) by the start of the event. All of this, of course, is contigent on Obama winning the nomination.