The Note: The Owl Flies West (?)

The New York Times ed board chastises the Administration for highlighting Miers' religion. LINK

The Washington Post's Richard Cohen asks: "if Dobson is assured, why should I not be scared to death?" LINK

In the Wall Street Journal, Glenn Harlan Reynolds, professor of law at the University of Tennessee and publisher of, cannot believe that RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman waited until "a week and a half" after the nomination of Harriet Miers was announced to hold a teleconference with influential bloggers, instead of on the day of the announcement, when it might have "done some good."

Miers hasn't limited her effusive remarks on the President and First Lady to greeting cards, per the Los Angeles Times. LINK

The Fitzgerald investigation:

Now that the people running the government are about to face "their day -- or days -- in court," the "old conservative talking points" about perjury, the obstruction of justice, and the rule of law are "inoperative," writes the Washington Post's E.J. Dionne. LINK

The New York Times J. Tierney has his own views of these matters.

The Los Angeles Times' editorial board argues that Miller and her employer "have abused the public's trust by manufacturing a showdown with the government." LINK

The New York Post's John Podhoretz speculates on Bob Novak's role in the Plame case, while questioning why Fitzgerald hasn't handed down any indictments yet.

"As for what else the prosecutor is up to, the next two weeks will tell the tale -- but Bush's enemies should prepare themselves emotionally for the fact that the Fitzgerald tale might be one about how no crime was committed." LINK

"It's not something affecting the daily business of the White House," said Karen Hughes to NBC's Katie Couric when asked about the impact of the investigation inside 1600. (Gone from the morning version was the soundbite aired on "NBC Nightly News" last night where Hughes expressed some compassion and concern for her friends Karl and Scooter.)

Attention, Matthew Dowd: Bloomberg-Los Angeles Times polling deal:

Huge in our world:

Bloomberg News and the Los Angeles Times announced on Monday that they will join hands to conduct national public opinion polls.

Beginning in January, Bloomberg and the Los Angeles Times will survey public attitudes about government and politics, economics and finance, international affairs, and social and cultural issues.

Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times and Al Hunt of Bloomberg News have been working on this partnership for a few months. Bigs Dean Baquet and Matt Winkler recently gave final approval to the arrangement.

The two news giants see the arrangement as a win-win: Bloomberg will benefit from getting to join a nationally-recognized survey; the Los Angeles Times will gain from the ability to conduct more national polls.

The estimable Ron Brownstein will be the lead poll reporter for the Los Angeles Times. The also estimable Heidi Pryzbyla will be the lead poll writer for Bloomberg News. LINK

Bush agenda:

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