The Note

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Superdelegate Rep. Lynn Woolsey might help with the dollar sprint.

EDWARDS

On this week's "Here's The Point," Elizabeth Edwards, wife of Senator John, candidly explains to Mark Halperin her view of the proper role of first ladies, her ambitions, her husband's, and why a first-term Senator from North Carolina thinks he can beat George Bush.

Check your local listings and ABC radio affiliates.

The Raleigh News & Observer's John Wagner gets around to writing up the Senator's financial disclosure form and Notes Mr. Edwards' paltry $7,500 book advance compared to his colleague from New York. So no one feels left out, Mr. Wagner also includes financial factoids about Senator Dole and the research triangle congressional delegation trio. LINK The Winston-Salem Journal's Kevin Begos covers much the same territory that Roll Call did yesterday about some '02 Bowles fundraisers helping Congressman Burr's campaign. LINK

"'There are a number of ways in which this (situation) hurts Bowles, or other Democrats. It really just ties their hands,' said Ted Arrington, a professor of political science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. 'This is awkward for the Democrats.'"

"However, at this point, there is little that Bowles can do, other than wonder if Edwards is going to run for re-election. Though Edwards could technically run for both the White House and the Senate, most observers consider that highly unlikely."

Then Mr. Degos delivers a wallop of a sentence that made us shiver with incredulity.

"A Senate spokesman for Edwards referred questions about whether Edwards would run for Senate to the Edwards presidential campaign, which did not return calls for comment."

SHARPTON

The AP's Sarah Freeman reports that "An attorney for presidential candidate Al Sharpton is demanding an apology from a Michigan lawmaker whose letter last month said the Democrat has 'a long-standing history of inciting bigotry and intolerance on a prominent stage.'" LINK

"Salon's" Jake Tapper looks at Sharpton's familiarity with litigation. LINK

"The move is an unusual one, to say the least, as it assures media coverage focusing on allegations that Sharpton has been anti-Semitic, anti-white, and in general a rabble-rouser, if only to parse which ones are correct, which are false, and which are in the eye of the beholder. While no credible political observers think Sharpton has a chance to win the Democratic presidential nomination, he does stand to be at least a minor force in the primaries, raising issues of importance to some African-American and liberal voters. The threatened lawsuit thus implies a certain acceptance that many voters already have negative perceptions of Sharpton and it's worth more to raise his controversial past so as to correct — or at least fuzz — the record than to avoid it altogether."

CLARK

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