The Note

"Appealing to the crowd to get out and spread the Florida love, he asked, 'How many of you would like the privilege and the special pleasure of going to New Hampshire in January? How many of you would like the thrill of going to the low lands of South Carolina in July.'"

"It's difficult to imagine this crowd trudging from door to door in snow boots. Even more confusing were comparisons drawn between the glam Miami soiree and rowdy Howard Dean affairs"

"Jamie Elias, who organized the event along with Graham son-in-law Robby Elias said, 'Certainly Howard Dean has captured the imagination of the younger more energetic crowd in the US, and this is similar to some of the events that he's been putting on. This shows that Bob Graham who's known as a very intellectual and smart senator has the capabilities of attracting a younger crowd that's not traditionally involved in retail politics.'"


Per the AP, the Lieberman campaign is challenging Clark to participate in next week's debate about the economy. LINK


The AP profiles the "preaching prodigy." LINK

ABC 2004: Taste of the Campaign:

The 5 questions you're asking about Taste of the Campaign:

1. What exactly is Lost Creek Sawdust Pie?

2. How many will tear themselves away from the dessert table to watch Arnold Schwarzenegger's only debate appearance? (Yes, indeed debate watching will be one of the evening's activities as C-SPAN is proudly pumped into the Capital View Conference Center — for what is likely to be Washington's only California gubernatorial debate watch party — or at least the capital's hottest.)

3. Will General Clark submit his recipe in time to participate in the Culinary Clash?

4. Will the Googling monkeys really show?

5. Who writes these items anyways?

It all happens Wednesday, September 24 — that's next week. And it's going to make Lloyd Grove wish he never left DC.

The politics of national security:

Congressional Republicans are starting to get antsy about the Bush Administration's $20 billion request to rebuild Iraq's infrastructure, reports the Los Angeles Times' Janet Hook. Now that it's time to pay up, they're talking more and more about multilateralism — and about the U.S. claiming some of Iraq's future oil revenues. LINK

"Congress is not likely to scuttle the funding request, which is part of the $87-billion package Bush wants approved for military operations and the rebuilding efforts in Iraq and, to a lesser degree, Afghanistan. But the concerns of GOP congressmen reflect an underlying political reality as the president and his party head into the election year: Bush's foreign policy, once his trump card with voters, is no longer seen as an unalloyed benefit to him and fellow Republicans as the costs and casualties in Iraq mount."

"Against that backdrop, Republicans are not only questioning Bush's budget request but demanding that the administration do a better job communicating U.S. accomplishments in Iraq."

From the other side of the funding front:

The Christian Science Monitor examines the political juice Democrats are trying to squeeze from the debate over the president's $87 billion supplemental request, Noting "questioning before the vote gives Democrats their best platform to probe the Bush team on everything from the quality of its postwar planning to the basic fairness of the tax system that pays for it." LINK

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