WEDNESDAY’S CAMPAIGN ROUND-UP….Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that wouldn’t generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:

* Republicans were very reluctant to mention the name “Bush” last night. I wonder why.

* Hoping to steal some of McCain’s thunder, Obama will appear on “The O’Reilly Factor” tomorrow night.

* The Obama campaign unveiled a new ad yesterday connecting McCain to Bush; and the McCain campaign will unveil a new ad today arguing that Palin has more experience than Obama.

* Obama campaign manager David Plouffe didn’t go after Palin yesterday, but he did go after the process through which Palin was selected: “The way the process was done should be of interest to voters because I do think it speaks to how things will be managed and executed as president. At the end of the day, it may work out for them, but the process is a transparent moment for voters to decide how these two people will go about major decisions.”

* Ron Paul’s rival convention drew 12,000 people to the Target Center yesterday. I wonder whether there’d be more media attention if one of Obama’s Democratic rivals held a competing convention during the DNC and 12,000 people showed up.

* Maryland Rep. Wayne Gilchrest (R), who lost to a far-right Republican in a primary in February, endorsed the Democratic candidate in his district yesterday.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.