The Note

Today's Schedule (all times Eastern):

—8:30 am: Senate convenes for legislative business —9:30 am: Senator Joe Lieberman meets with local activists, Le Mars, Iowa —9:30 am: Senator Bob Graham attends a campaign fundraiser, Dallas, Texas —9:45 am: Off-camera White House press gaggle with Scott McClellan

—10:00 am: House convenes for legislative business —10:30 am: President Bush makes remarks at the rededication of the National Archives, D.C. —11:00 am: Reverend Al Sharpton meets with BET Chairman Robert Johnson, D.C.

—11:00 am: Vice President Cheney to the 2003 Air Force Association National Convention, D.C. —11:30 am: Senator Lieberman speaks to students about the job market and holds a media availability, Storm Lake, Iowa

—11:30 am: First Lady Laura Bush addresses the National Childhood Cancer Foundation's 2003 Gold Ribbon Days opening ceremony, D.C. —12:00 pm: Senator John Edwards holds a town hall meeting, Concord, N.H.

—12:45 pm: On-camera White House press briefing with Scott McClellan

—1:00 pm: General Wesley Clark makes remarks about his presidential candidacy at the James H. Pennick Boys and Girls Club, Little Rock, Ark.

—1:45 pm: Senator John Kerry and Governor Gray Davis tour a New Directions facility, Los Angeles

—2:00 pm: Arnold Schwarzenegger meets with immigrants after a citizenship swearing-in ceremony, Figueroa, Calif.

—2:15 pm: Senator Kerry and Governor Davis make remarks at a New Directions facility, Los Angeles —4:30 pm: Maria Shriver holds a press availability, Pacific Beach, Calif.

—5:00 pm: Deadline for California elections officials and recall proponents to file briefs in support of an appellate court review of the decision to delay the recall

—6:00 pm: Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante, State Senator Tom McClintock, and Peter Camejo participate in a candidate forum sponsored by the Los Angeles Press Club, Los Angeles

—6:30 pm: Senator Graham attends a campaign fundraiser, Weston, Fla.

—7:00 pm: Reverend Sharpton attends Tucker Carlson's book party, New York City

—7:30 pm: Representative Dennis Kucinich attends a rally with Ralph Nader and Patti Smith, D.C.

—10:00 pm: Governor Davis participates in a town hall meeting sponsored by the California Broadcasters Association, Sacramento

—10:00 pm: Wesley Clark is a guest on CNN's Newsnight with Aaron Brown


What does The Note know about the Wes Clark (D-CNN) phenomenon?

We know that the media interest in his candidacy proves the political press is bored with the field as is.

We know that the Democratic elite interest in his candidacy proves that many of them — including members of Congress — are apparently underwhelmed by the existing nine candidates and are willing to support someone about whom they know shockingly little.

We know that the Dean campaign is the only one that will publicly claim to see strength in Clark's bid (Jo[e] knows Web grassroots.).

We know that those of you who failed to realize that there was a lot of Clinton-Gore talent out there who hadn't signed on with any of the existing horses weren't really paying attention.

If you are John Kerry, Dick Gephardt, Joe Lieberman, John Edwards, Bob Graham, or (even) Howard Dean, you have to ask yourself as you watch these officeholders, operatives, and fundraisers sign up with Clark (and, believe us, there are more eye-catching names coming), what the heck is wrong with me?

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