The Note

Siobhan McDonough of the AP has an early look of a speech Clark will deliver in New Hampshire this morning that outlines his plan for capturing Osama bin Laden. One idea, Clark says he "would press Saudi Arabia to provide commandos to accompany U.S. troops in the hunt for Osama bin Laden and other al-Qaida leaders." LINK

The New York Times ' Ed Wyatt Notes Clark's impromptu support of the amendment on flag desecration, a backing that puts him at odds with others in the Democratic Party as well as several other Democratic candidates. LINK

The Boston Globe 's Joanna Weiss elucidates the tension between Clark's support for dissent and his support for the amendment. LINK

We wonder how Clark backer Norman Lear feels about this news.

Will Lester of the AP has the play-by-play between the Clark and Edwards campaigns on the issue of General Shelton's allegiance to John Edwards. LINK

According to the News and Observer, Edwards' consultation with Shelton amounts to "negative politics" in the eyes of the Clark campaign. LINK

Knight Ridder's Dana Hull reports on Clark's courting of veterans. LINK

Meanwhile, who knew that Chris Lehane would get such a reaction?

What's one sign your campaign might be in a spot of trouble? Perhaps when people take the time to write about your campaign staffer's terrible TV appearance instead of commenting about your own blog posting.

Chris Lehane, the Clark campaign's Communications Strategist and most Notably a former Kerry campaign adviser, appeared on MSNBC's 'Buchanan and Press' yesterday and according to bloggers' reviews on Clark's campaign Web site, the self-assured staffer's performance was, well, bad. The 15 or so back-and-forth postings throughout the evening resorted to name-calling — "looks and sounds like a sixth grader;" "wimp;" "weak;" and perhaps the most telling … "he spouted slogans and various rebuttals in the manner of an undeserving favorite nephew of a childless rich man sent out to have fun on TV." And these are Clark supporters. We know General Clark writes for the blog (he was actually seen blackberrying yesterday's text from a campaign stop in New Hampshire), but does he read the comments?

ABC News contacted Chris Lehane for comment and didn't get a response.

Communications Director Matt Bennett told ABC News: "We can't control who gets on our blog." He also said that it's hard to say if the people writing were Clark's supporters or just stirring up trouble on the web. Bennett did comment: "Chris Lehane is the most talented Communications Consultant in American politics and we're proud to have him."

Some excerpts:

--YIKES! I JUST SAW CHRIS LEHANE on Buchanan and Press. DO NOT LET HIM SPEAK FOR CLARK AGAIN! Looks and sounds like a sixth grader. NOT A GOOD IMAGE MOVE FOR CLARK.

Posted by jj at November 11, 2003 05:50 PM |

--Could we please please please never ever send Chris Lehane to do another TV spot again? He just laid about a dozen eggs on Buchannan and Press.

Posted by Marshall at November 11, 2003 05:50 PM |

--OMG! This is the first time I have ever seen Chris Lehane. What a wimp! I was embarrassed for the Clark campaign. What do they see in this guy? I do not think this man is a very good spokesperson for Clark. Weak, weak, weak. Get him off the air, TODAY!

Posted by Cheri at November 11, 2003 05:50 PM |

--Get rid of Lehane now if he is not good, General. Fire him. That's it.

Posted by Martisa at November 11, 2003 05:53 PM |

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