The Note

Today's Schedule (all times Eastern):

—9:30 am: President Bush makes remarks to United States Attorneys, Department of Justice —9:30 am: Senate Commerce Committee holds hearing on proposed legislation to make permanent the moratorium on taxes on Internet access, Capitol Hill —9:30 am: Senate convenes for morning business —9:45 am: Off-camera White House press gaggle —10:00 am: House convenes for morning business —10:00 am: Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan testifies to Senate Banking Committee, Capitol Hill —12:30 pm: White House daily press briefing with Scott McClellan —12:30 pm: Senator John Kerry makes remarks on national security, Bronx, New York —1:20 pm: President Bush makes remarks to Urban Leaders, D.C. —2:30 pm: Senate Intelligence Committee holds closed meeting, Capitol Hill —2:30 pm: Senator Joe Lieberman tours a career center and holds press availibility, North Charleston, S.C. —4:30 pm: Governor Gray Davis holds press conference regarding the state budget, Sacramento —6:30 pm: Senator John Edwards discusses civil rights and voting with members of D.C. Democracy, D.C. —6:45 pm: Senator Bob Graham holds fundraiser followed by a concert featuring Ralph Stanley, Roanoke, Va.

NEWS SUMMARY

The poet Homer (or maybe it was the poet Homer Simpson) once famously said "it's funny 'cause it's true!" LINK

Another modern poet, David Letterman, said last night: "The country right now is at war, our economy is bad, 455 billion dollar deficit, and the Democrats are saying: 'How are we going to beat this guy?'"

The audience was silent, at first, and then, as the meaning sunk in, began to laugh, and, finally, applaud.

The good news for Terry McAuliffe and the rest of the Eviction Crew is that, like a car owner in Adams Morgan looking for a parking space, or an apartment seeker on the Upper West Side, or a spinster political reporter who doesn't believe in her heart the old saw about the fish and a bicycle, they only need to find one.

Which is to say: in the end, they only need one presidential nominee who has the capacity to beat George Bush.

The biggest change in Howard Dean's life this year (and, believe you us, there have been many) is that it is now very hard to find anyone in politics who doesn't believe he CAN be that nominee.

As we wrote the other day, most people involved in presidential politics believe that Dean could be the nominee or Kerry could be the nominee.

Then, especially if you work for one of the other presidential campaigns, you might think that some third person could also be the nominee.

Until yesterday, before his low (and lower-than-pre-advertised) second-quarter fundraising number, Dick Gephardt had been CW'ed as sharing the top tier with Kerry and Dean.

Gephardt in fact gets off somewhat easy in the papers today, but he still seems to be in trouble.

Joe Lieberman takes one of his semi-regular nasty newspaper hits, this time in the Los Angeles Times, for the overall campaign he is running, while his spending as a percentage of what he is raising is through the roof.

John Kerry got a little roughed up at the Human Rights Campaign.

Bob Graham's pallid fundraising quarter is dwarfed by the fact that the Establishment press has so discounted his chances of winning lately that they barely care how little a sitting senator (and former governor) from Florida raised. (He also gets swiped in the Washington Post by anonymous fellow Democrats for loose-lipping "impeachment.")

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