The Note

The Chicago Tribune's Clarence Page looks at the many flip-flops of everyone's favorite Democratic General with presidential aspirations and asks, "Will the real Wesley Clark please stand up?" LINK

The Boston Globe has the knocks on Clark from his peers on the Sunday shows. LINK

The Washington Times ' Ralph Z. Hallow furthers the Clark-as-placeholder-for-Hillary theory, Noting that given Clark's popularity, if he was encouraged to run as a placeholder or possible running mate, there's little incentive or chance to get him to step down. LINK

With echoes of Eisenhower's vow to go to Korea, General Wesley Clark told a New Hampshire audience that if he were elected president he would "go to Iraq myself personally and I would develop an exit strategy that gives us a success and lets us downsize our commitment there." LINK

Asked what would he do about Iraq if elected president today, Clark said he would "change the Secretary of Defense."

The Washington Post 's Bradley Graham reports on Clark's new book, in which he "accuses the Bush administration of carrying out a wrenching turn in U.S. foreign policy away from traditional American principles." LINK

The Washington Times ' editorial board calls Clark another tax-and-spend Democrat. LINK

From ABC News' Clark campaign reporter Deborah Apton:

"It's been a weekend of "firsts" for General Clark The Candidate: his first trip to New Hampshire where he gave his first town hall and held his first real rally; his first trip to Washington DC; his first visit to his new campaign headquarters in Little Rock; and his first introductions to many of the people working on his budding staff."

"The grace period on Gen. Clark's 'up from the bootstraps' campaign is coming to an end. The once personable, press-friendly General is holding back from the press, presumably under advice from his advisers and press secretary. And many people-press and citizens-alike are wondering when will he be available for questions?"

"Only once was there a press availability this weekend after the town hall forum Friday evening, but it only allowed for three questions before The General was ushered into his three-car caravan."

"In other inaccessible campaign moments … The General attended a house party hosted by Mary and John Rauh in New Castle --a popular stop for many candidates who are invited to briefly explain their platform. While most other candidates speak for 30 minutes and then take questions from the audience of about 60 people, The General spoke for only 20 minutes and walked off the patio to shake hands. It was only after a few people complained to him that he took questions. And, at one point, a reporter raised his hand to ask a question and General Clark gently refused to answer, saying he was hearing from 'the people.'"

With the amazing (some say: "sexist") subhead "C.L., This Is Not About You," the Washington Post 's Sunday Pol Notes column had this:

"Only a couple of weeks after former Gore strategist Chris Lehane quit the Kerry campaign, Lehane's wife, San Francisco lawyer Andrea Evans, has agreed to work for Wesley K. Clark's campaign. Evans will serve as a liaison between the communications and policy shops in Clark's nascent campaign in Little Rock; there, she'll join Mary Jacoby, who quit her job with the St. Petersburg Times's Washington bureau last week to be a Clark spokeswoman." LINK

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