Today's Schedule (all times Eastern):
—8:30 am: Congressman Dick Gephardt addresses seniors, Exeter, N.H. —10:00 am: Congressman Gephardt participates in the Every Child Matters presidential candidate forum at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, N.H. —10:00 am: Senator Joe Lieberman addresses the South Carolina AME Central Conference, Orangeburg, S.C. —11:00 am: Senator Kerry tours the banks of the Mississippi River and makes remarks on clean water, Davenport, Iowa —11:00 am: Senate convenes for legislative business —11:15 am: President Bush attends a private meeting with business leaders, Birmingham, Ala. —11:30 am: Governor Howard Dean delivers a policy address at Grand View College, Des Moines, Iowa —11:40 am: President Bush makes remarks on the economy, Birmingham, Ala. —12:00 pm: Senator Lieberman speaks about his higher education reform proposals at Benedict College, Columbia, S.C. —12:10 pm: Congressman Gephardt addresses supporters before filing to run in the New Hampshire Democratic primary, Concord, N.H. —12:30 pm: Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun participates in the Every Child Matters presidential candidate forum at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, N.H. —1:00 pm: Senator Kerry meets with Democratic activists, Clinton, Iowa —1:25 pm: President Bush makes remarks at a Bush-Cheney 2004 fundraiser luncheon, Birmingham, Ala. —1:30 pm: Governor Dean meets with students at Johnson High School, Des Moines, Iowa —2:15 pm: Congressman Dennis Kucinich participates in the Every Child Matters presidential candidate forum at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, N.H. —5:00 pm: General Wesley Clark participates in an on-line chat with supporters, Keene, N.H. —5:15 pm: Congressman Gephardt addresses Harvard College Democrats, Cambridge, Mass. —5:30 pm: General Clark has dinner with first responders, Keene, N.H. —6:15 pm: Senator Kerry attends Ramadan services, Cedar Rapids, Iowa —6:30 pm: Congressman Kucinich speaks at Franklin Pierce College, Rindge, N.H. —7:00 pm: General Clark holds a "Conversations with Clark" forum moderated by his son at Keene State College, Keene, N.H. —7:00 pm: Senator Lieberman attends a campaign fundraiser, Virginia Beach, Va. —7:00 pm: Congressman Gephardt appears on "Hardball: Battle for the White House," Cambridge, Mass. —8:00 pm: Senator Kerry meets with Democratic activists, Cedar Rapids, Iowa —8:30 pm: Congressman Kucinich attends a Mothers Uniting forum, Keene, N.H.
Dynamics the political insiders will be watching in the coming cycle or two or three or more: (and see if you can find precisely three jokes in the list … )
1. What will come out of the blender in the next few public opinion polls In Re POTUS when the GDP and Iraq casualty figures get mixed in?
2. How big will the Kentucky and Mississippi bounce be for one party or the other?
3. Will any political voices with more influence in determining the identity of the Democratic presidential nominee embrace Howard Dean's avowedly pro-Confederate views as strongly as Gigot & Co.?
4. Do y'all realize just how unprecedentedly wide open the Democratic nomination fight will be if Dean's bigger-than-you-realize lead is chopped down to size?
5. Who will be happy, and who sad, if Maine's casino initiative passes?
6. Will Anderson Cooper wear jeans Tuesday night?
7. How much money could we make if we sold our fellow political reporters "Democratic candidate major policy address" flash cards this week?