The Note: Behind the Locked Double Doors

David Broder wrote on Sunday about the great deal of political stock McCain has invested in the Iraq war. LINK

Knight Ridder reports on the challenges that are facing Sen. Bill Frist, which are compounded by ambitions to run in 2008. LINK


George Skelton of the Los Angeles Times writes on efforts to revive a new version of the just-failed Proposition 75 for the November 2006 elections, this time focused on forbidding public employee unions from spending any dues on politics. LINK

Sources tell the New York Post's Fred Dicker that Sen. Charles Schumer's "long-standing rivalry with, and a deep personal dislike for" Eliot Spitzer have led him to secretly encourage Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi to challenge Spitzer for the Democratic nomination for governor. LINK

But: "One year away from Election Day 2006, Spitzer is in fantastic political shape," writes New York Magazine's Chris Smith. LINK

The Boston Globe Notes that Kevin Scott and Kenneth Chase, will be Sen. Kennedy's Republican challengers in 2006. Both candidates are moderate Republicans and Scott told reporters on abortion: ''When I go to bed," Scott said, ''I dream at night about reducing the amount of abortions by 70 to 80 percent. LINK

Politics of Katrina:

In a profile of Donald Powell, the federal coordinator of the Gulf Coast rebuilding project, the Washington Post's Hsu and O'Hara Note that he disagreed with Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco last week about whether the government would rebuild the levees to withstand a Category 3 or a Category 5 hurricane. "The commitment is to build the levees back to a three . . . an then to study the five." LINK

The Washington Post's Griff Witte warns that the costliest part of rebuilding the Gulf Coast is still to come and that it is still unclear who will foot the bill. LINK

Political potpourri:

On Sunday, as part of his series that is one point Pulitzer application, one part job application, and one part fantastic read, Jeff Zeleny of the Chicago Tribune wrote that Sen. Barack Obama's national appeal is helping him build "a coast-to-coast army of backers" as events around the country with high-profile investors create "a network unlike any other freshman senator since Hillary Rodham Clinton." LINK

Says Warren Buffett of Obama: "I've got a conviction about him that I don't get very often. . . He has as much potential as anyone I've seen to have an important impact over his lifetime on the course that America takes."

Zeleny also has Oprah calling him America's favorite son, Ethel Kennedy saying that he has her late husband's quest for social justice, and Jim Wallis saying that he can be passionate and principled without being ideological.

The New York Times' Todd Purdum's infectious love for history is on display in his look at the newly-published memoir of a White House aide from the Roosevelt administration, George Elsey. LINK

Healthcare proposals introduced in Illinois and South Carolina last week "signal an escalating competition to develop models for coping with the slow-motion crisis in healthcare," according to a Broderian Ron Brownstein of the Los Angeles Times. LINK

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