The Note: Sprint to November

The video includes lots of ominous sounding music and culminates by urging people to "Call Democrat Harry Reid. Tell him national security is more important than politics."

The video will also go up on television this weekend on national cable and Las Vegas, NV stations, but the RNC refuses to discuss the specifics of the buy.

Another RNC offensive being launched today also features Sen. Reid. The RNC research department will send around its inaugural "Democrats Ethics Breakdown" document in an attempt to make the ethics scandals swirling around Washington of late a bipartisan matter. Reid's photo is next to the header, "Abramoff Democrats," which focuses on the Abramoff-associated money Reid has received and refused to return.

The percentage chance that Ken Mehlman will apologize to Reid for this effort: ZERO.

It's also interesting to Note that Ted Kennedy's photo appears next to the "Democrat Scandals" header, despite that entire section being dedicated to Rep. Jefferson (D-LA). The RNC's Brian Jones informs The Note that this is "a document whose structure will not change including the headers for each section, so every time we highlight a Democrat Ethics Scandal it'll be Sen Kennedy's picture that will be there."

Dean's Democrats:

During his chat with Tim Russert, NBC's Matt Lauer conceded that after doing some research: "We found that technically speaking Howard Dean may be correct" with regards to his contention Thursday on "Today" that Democrats took "not one dime" from disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

While being more precise with his language than Katie Couric was yesterday, Lauer went back to citing research done by the Center for Responsive Politics that shows 34 percent of the money given by Abramoff's "associates and clients" went to Democrats.

Couric made the mistake Thursday of saying Abramoff and Abramoff clients.

Russert, aware of the potential wrath of bloggers (not to mention Karen Finney) walked the line carefully.

POTUS speaks:

"It is uncertain how far the Administration will go to cut off debate on the issue, even if there is a drive to give the White House authority to continue the practice," the Wall Street Journal's Christopher Cooper reports regarding secret surveillance of those in America.

At the press conference yesterday, the President distanced himself from the Abramoff scandal, said "no" to torture, and spoke further on the NSA spying program yesterday, the Washington Post reports. LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Wallsten and Gerstenzang lede their coverage of the "wide-ranging" press conference with the President's move to distance himself from disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. LINK

The Washington Times on the President's presser. LINK

"Mr. Bush appeared relaxed in the briefing room, which his aides say he prefers for news conferences instead of the more formal East Room," writes Elisabeth Bumiller in her New York Times wrap of the presidential presser. LINK

The Abramoff affair:

In light of Noel Hillman's departure as chief prosecutor in the Abramoff investigation due to his nomination for a federal judgeship, some Democratic lawmakers continue to press the Administration for a special counsel to take over the investigation. The New York Times' Shenon and Bumiller have that story. LINK

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