The Note: Won't Be Lame

National Democratic leaders are still discussing whether to roll out the party agenda in a single, comprehensive plan or in, "waves over the next 10 months," writes Erin Billings of Roll Call.

Despite a rise in the polls, Democrats are still struggling to find a cohesive message, and a leader to speak it, writes Dick Polman of the Philadelphia Inquirer. LINK

Despite sagging poll numbers for Republicans, party strategists point out that emphasis on improvements in the U.S. economy will help preserve the party's status quo in Congress, writes Washington Times' Donald Lambro. LINK

On Saturday, the New York Times' Pat Healy seemed to be none too pleased that the Weld campaign had edited an article of his for publication on its Web site. LINK

The New York Post's Dicker reports Donald Trump is backing Eliot Spitzer's gubernatorial campaign and will host a fundraiser for Spitzer in the not too distant future. LINK

The National Review suggests that the GOP dump left-leaning Sen. Lincoln Chafee after his vote in opposition to Samuel Alito's Supreme Court nomination. LINK

Democrats can't wait to get their hands on Ohio, and the DCCC Chairman, Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL), likes what he sees in Rep. Deborah Pryce's (R-OH) district as well as in Rep. Bob Ney's (R-OH), writes Jeff Zeleny of the Chicago Tribune in one of today's must-reads. LINK

John Distaso of the Union Leader, and Dan Barrick and Meg Heckman of the Concord Monitor outlined on Sunday some of the issues that the GOP faces in Ohio as Republican State Committee Chairman Warren Henderson resigns. LINK and LINK

Adam Smith of the St. Petersburg Times gives a detailed account of the Democratic gubernatorial candidates in Florida. LINK

The Schwarzenegger Era:

Mark Z. Barabak of the Los Angeles Times writes up the "strange bedfellows" campaign team Gov. Schwarzenegger has assembled with Susan Kennedy and Steve Schmidt leading the pack. (Well, Maria Shriver clearly leads the pack, but you know what we mean.) LINK

Politics:

In a Sunday must-read, Peter Beinart reviewed Carville and Begala's "Take It Back" for the Washington Post's book review, spelling the name of The Note wrong and slamming us in the process!!!! Thanks, Peter. We will match the populist cred of our readers with yours in any dark alley in Northwest Washington you choose. LINK

Roll Call's Stuart Rothenberg plays GM and proposes a cross-party trade: Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-RI) for Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE). LINK

Bloomberg on asbestos legislation. LINK

The US Department of Health and Human Services' refusal to purchase enough doses of a drug that would serve as a defense of a nuclear attack or accident is what the Boston Globe editorial predicts to be "the Bush administration's next FEMA." LINK

Week ahead:

On Tuesday, President Bush attends Coretta Scott King's funeral in Lithonia, GA. Institute of Politics hosts a panel discussion called, "The Abramoff Scandal: Has Ethics Collapsed in DC?," in Cambridge, MA.

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