The Note: All the Vice President's Men

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16

NEWS SUMMARY

Google "timing is everything" and you get this: "There were about 758,000 Google results for 'timing is everything'."

That might seem like a lot, but it is not enough, really, given that "timing is everything" is The Note's Third Rule of Politics.

The story in the Washington Post LINK about Bob Woodward and Valerie Wilson would have led the morning shows had it come out several weeks ago, and the spin off stories would have gone on for days and days, complete with stakeouts and cable news updates every 18 minutes.

(Now, it appears that the best we can hope for is a Howie Kurtz adjudication of "Woodward v. Pincus.") (Oh, and blogging from all sides by the bucketful on the whole Post account, what with it being full of holes.)

With the President on foreign soil, what some have cast as a meta-historic bipartisan rebuke of Mr. Bush on his Iraq policy is in fact something the White House welcomes -- a victory really. So timing isn't an issue on that.

Ditto on Washington Post Cheney-oil company executive story and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting stories. No questions of timing here either, so don't be fooled.

Getting only the vaguest of news summaries of all this from Dan Bartlett, President and Mrs. Bush are in Busan, Korea today. The First Couple will head to Gyeongju, Korea later this evening where President Bush will meet with the President of the Republic of Korea at 9:00 pm ET, followed by a 10:15 pm ET press availability.

At 7:10 pm ET, Vice President Cheney delivers remarks at the Frontiers of Freedom Institute 2005 Ronald Reagan Gala to honor retired Sen. Malcolm Wallop (R-WY) at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. It is unclear if Bob Woodward will be covering the event.

One key moderate female Republican from Maine and a 2008 presidential hopeful from each party are on Judge Alito's Senate dance card today. Here's the full schedule of common courtesy:

9:00 am - 9:45 am - Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME)

10:15 am - 11:00 am - Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC)

11:30 am - 12:30 pm - Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE)

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm - Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm - Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT)

4:30 pm - 5:15 pm - Sen. George Allen (R-VA)

At 12:30 pm ET, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) will outline the Judiciary Committee's process for the Alito confirmation hearings at a speech before the US Chamber of Commerce.

The House Democratic leadership is scheduled to address reporters at 10:00 am ET on the debate over torture of detainees.

At noon ET, Sens. Bayh (D-IN), Brownback (R-KS), and Lieberman (D-CT) will hold a Senate gallery press conference to "unveil a legislative proposal to help America break its dangerous dependence on foreign oil."

Speaker Hastert (R-IL) holds a 10:30 am ET photo opportunity with the Dalai Lama at the Capitol.

Former Gov. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), E.J. Dionne, Jr., and Gwen Ifil hosted the release of the latest Harvard University Institute of Politics poll of America's college students at 9:00 am ET at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.

Sen. Bingaman (D-NM) holds a 11:00 am ET press conference call to call for the restoration of funding to "education programs that are key priorities for the Hispanic community."

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