The Los Angeles Times' John Glionna turned in a Sunday portrait of Liberty, Mo., as a case study of a middle-American town divided in the presidential race — which of course will make it a prime target for both the president and Sen. Kerry through November. LINK
On Saturday, the Washington Post's Jonathan Weisman and Mike Allen came up with an extraordinary lead about the effects of the missteps and abilities of the Bush economic team: "A string of glaring missteps by President Bush's economic team has raised alarm among the president's supporters that his economic policymakers may have lost the most basic ability to formulate a persuasive message or anticipate the political consequences of their actions." LINK
Note the many amusing iterations of "that remark was not intended for public consumption" in Adam Nagourney's Saturday memo about Kerry's off-the-cuff remarks. LINK
And the brilliant "West Wing" kicker!!!
Democratic National Convention:
With a hint of New York pride, Stefan Friedman of the New York Post writes up both the labor and financial concerns in Boston a little over four months away from John Kerry's Beantown bash. And that sly Kevin Sheekey seems to have picked up Bill Cunningham's penchant for baseball metaphors. LINK
The Clintons of Chappaqua:
Slim Willie may soon overtake Slick Willie as the nickname of choice for President Clinton. The former president recently held a gaggle of the Harlem variety when he talked at length about his successful dieting strategies. LINK
"Bill Clinton, Our Neighbor" is the exhibit currently on display at the local historical society in Chappaqua and apparently the former president's fondness for Hawaiian shirts and lattes from Starbucks is well documented. LINK
John McElhenny of the Globe reports on Sen. Hillary Clinton's appearance at the John F. Kennedy School of Government where she indicated a lack of interest in the Democratic vice presidential slot and answered, "That is exactly right," when asked if that indicated she wouldn't accept the spot if offered.LINK
New York Post state editor Fred Dicker writes, "The Rev. Al Sharpton will discuss ending his failing presidential campaign with representatives of Democratic nominee John Kerry as soon as today … " LINK
The politics of same-sex marriage:
Brian DeBose of the Washington Times reports on recent statements by members of the Congressional Black Caucus that comparisons should not be made between the struggle by homosexuals to legalize same-sex "marriage" and the civil rights movement of the 1960s. The members of Congress claim to be on shaky ground with their constituents after the Democratic nominee John Kerry compared the two issues during a town hall meeting in Jackson, Mississippi, last week. LINK
After previewing his new grassroots organization to elect like-minded candidates on Larry King Live Wednesday, Gov. Howard Dean will begin his magical victory tour at 9:30 am on March 18 with a major speech in Seattle, followed by stops in San Francisco, New York, Burlington, and ending in Washington. D.C.
Next Thursday happens to be Kate O'Connor's birthday, too, but she swears it's a coincidence.