WASHINGTON, Feb. 10
In the Morning Update we got from the White House today (a publication which regularly comes out MUCH earlier than The Note does by the way, but is heavily subsidized by the federal government), these were the headlines:
President Bush Highlights Progress In Winning The War On Terror.
Homeland Security Adviser Fran Townsend Discusses The Importance Of Using All Available Tools To Prosecute The War On Terror.
White House Praises Bipartisan Agreement On The Patriot Act.
Secretary Chertoff Highlights Efforts To Strengthen Homeland Security At The Nation's Borders.
CIA Director Porter Goss Writes About The Danger Of Leaking Classified Information In The War On Terror.
Iraqi Security Forces And Political Process Credited With Preventing Terrorist Attacks During Shiite Religious Holiday.
NATO Reaffirms Commitment To Expanding Security Mission In Afghanistan.
Four-Week Moving Average Of Jobless Claims Falls To Lowest Level Since April 2000.
Consumer Confidence Soars On Strong Job Market.
Nothing in there that we see that reflects the Franken-Manley-Old Media morning take, which includes these (paraphrased) headlines:
Bush, White House Manipulated the Pre-Iraq war Intelligence.
Bush, White House Manipulated the Latest Budget Figures.
Bush, White House Released Details of Plot Against the Library Tower for Political Purposes.
Bush, White House Knew More about the New Orleans Levee situation Than They Have Let On.
Bush, White House Knew Jack Abramoff Better Than They Have Let On.
Bush, White House Authorized Scooter Libby to Do Bad Things.
Bush, White House Has Disappointed Conservatives on the Budget, Immigration, and Civil Liberties.
Oh, Cognitive Dissonance!! Thy name is the News Cycle!!!
We all have the weekend -- or until Election Day -- to figure out which version of reality is more real for the hard-working citizen-voters of this great land.
In the meantime, let's be clear: we mean "Election Day, 2008," because without anyone but 37 of us Noticing, the next presidential campaign is SO totally underway.
The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) continues at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC today, with possible presidential candidate Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) scheduled to take the podium at 5:20 pm ET. The Sen./Leader/Dr. is expected to use his remarks to get tough on Democrats for allegedly lacking ideas.
Former Gov. Mark Warner (D-VA), also a possible presidential candidate (AAPPC), keynotes the New Hampshire Democratic Party's "100 Club" annual fundraising dinner at 7:00 pm ET in Manchester, NH. (Wildly popular Gov. John Lynch (D-NH) will also address the crowd.)
Gov. Warner's comments will air live on C-SPAN, C-SPAN Radio (90.1 WCSP FM Washington/Baltimore), and online at www.c-span.org where it will also be archived for later viewing. Warner's speech will also be part of "Road to the White House 2008" on Sunday at 6:30 pm and 9:30 pm ET/PT.
Through the magic of video tape, C-SPAN's "Road to the White House 2008" on Sunday will also feature a recent speech by Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA), AAPPC, in Michigan at the Oakland County Republican Party's Lincoln Day Dinner.
The Governor, however, is in Torino, Italy this weekend. He is scheduled to participate in the Olympic Torch Relay today and attend the opening ceremonies this evening.