The Note

"Although he has been out of office for more than 2 1/2 years, Clinton is arguably still the most popular figure in the Democratic Party. His appearance with Davis and a strong condemnation of the recall could help defeat it, said Leon Panetta, the former Monterey congressman who served as Clinton's White House chief of staff."

"'He made a point of focusing on California during the time he was president, and I think Californians have not forgotten,' Panetta said of Clinton, who visited the state 56 times during his eight years in the White House — an average of once every seven weeks."

The Schwarzenegger camp appears unfazed.

"Rob Stutzman, a spokesman for Republican gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger, said Clinton won't help Davis. 'For every hard-core Clinton-lover in the Democrat Party he energizes, he has an equal and opposite reaction with a Republican who can't stand him,' he said. 'It's a net zero.'"

The AP wonders whether former President Clinton's support of Gray Davis can bring national credibility to the recall election: LINK John Kerry's coming West too, so says the Boston Globe 's Glen Johnson. LINK

"Kerry, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, will appear with Davis Wednesday in Los Angeles amid a two-day fund-raising swing through California. The two will tour New Directions, a homeless/jobless training center."

The Gray Davis stop on the California campaign trail will likely prove irresistable for all those presidential hopefuls swooping into the Golden State for some end of the quarter cash.

Three days after making comments about Arnold Schwarzenegger's pronunciation of 'California,' Governor Davis apologized. LINK "'It was a poor joke, I shouldn't have done it,' he said. 'If people want to hear me apologize, I apologize for it. … This was not a public remark. But if people find it offensive, then I want them to know that I am apologizing because my whole governorship has been reaching out, including people, offering them opportunity, because I think that is the path to a stronger California. … '"

The Clintons of Chappaqua:

It's like a day without speculation over whether Senator Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) will run for President is like a day without sunshine. Page Six steps up today. LINK

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