The Note

Yesterday, in our weekend must-reads, we told you about Alexandra Polier's account about her role in the media maelstrom when she was "linked" with John Kerry. LINK

Since some of you might have been more focused on cookouts than The Note yesterday, we provide the link again, and remind you to read this important and interesting piece, if only because of:

1. How Ms. Polier lays bare the horrors of political "reporting" in the Internet age -- revealing quite clearly to anyone paying attention how obvious it is that the overall system's players learned no lessons at all, and it could happen again (as in: just wait for the Kitty Kelley book . . .).

2. How this woman needed a better editor: she felt there was nothing wrong with talking about being both a journalist and a Democrat!

3. How this woman needed a better editor: WAY too into her own looks!!

4. How revealing the various cameos are, including and especially those of Stephanie Cutter and Chris Lehane.

The June/July issue of Details magazine ain't quite CQ, but it's pretty close. Get yourself the issue with Vin Diesel on the cover, and read on page 84 about Chris Heinz (complete with tie-askew photos) and on page 105, Mark Halperin writes about the drink they call the "Joe Hagin" at the White House.

ABC News Vote 2004: the battlegrounds:

In the third of a series looking at the fight for Ohio, the Washington Post's Paul Farhi looks at how jobs will factor into the vote, particularly in bellwether Stark County, home of the Timken Co. factories where President Bush has stopped to talk about tax cuts and job growth -- and are now talking about plant closures. LINK

Farhi Notes, "Democrats see bitter irony, and additional political capital, in Bush's visit to one of Timken's Canton plants in April 2003. Bush used the company's research facility (not one of the affected factories) as a backdrop to tout his tax cuts. Standing beneath a banner reading 'Jobs and Growth,' Bush said the tax cuts would mean 'companies like Timken have got a better capacity to expand, which means jobs.'"

More: "The political impact of the plant closures depends a lot on timing, says Rick Farmer, a political science professor at the University of Akron, just north of Canton in Summit County. If the factories were to shut in the fall, Farmer says, a 'significant' economic impact on northeast Ohio would ripple throughout the area and could cause undecided voters to turn against the president."

Dean David Broder of the Washington Post writes that there are battlegrounds, and then there are battlegrounds -- 12 that are vital for control of the Senate, 20 that are key in the presidential race, and the twain don't always meet. "The two fights are taking place largely in separate worlds. Of the 20 battleground presidential states, five have no Senate races this year. In eight others, one party is a clear favorite. . . . Looked at the other way, of the top 12 Senate races, half or fewer are unfolding in states that are drawing major attention from the presidential rivals." LINK

Broder Notes both the coordinated campaigns, the "delicate dance" between the presidential candidates and the Senate candidates who are trying to figure out whether it would be to their advantage to join forces, and the idea of reverse coattails.

A front-page Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article calls the Medicare discount card system "overly complicated." LINK

A Bush and Kerry tie in Minnesota, according to a local poll. LINK

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