The Note: You Can't Get Elected. . .

Democratic Sens. Ted Kennedy, Tom Harkin, Barbara Boxer, and Debbie Stabenow, Reps. Chris Van Hollen and Xavier Becerra will join the Emergency Campaign for America's Priorities (ECAP) rally protesting the Bush Administration's budget cuts to education and health care programs at 11:30 am ET.

The Senate Appropriations Committee began a hearing at 9:30 am ET on the FY07 supplemental budget for additional resources for the Gulf Coast region. Governors from the region (Bob Riley of Alabama, Kathleen Blanco of Louisiana, Haley Barbour of Mississippi, and Rick Perry of Texas) are scheduled to testify at the hearing.

At 12:50 pm ET, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and other Democratic Members who went on a recent CODEL with her to Darfur will discuss their findings with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan at the United Nations and then address the media.

Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) delivers his State of the State address at 11:00 am ET in Tallahassee, FL. Former vice presidential nominees John Edwards and Jack Kemp discuss United States policy toward Russia at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, NY.

House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) are the honorees at the National Council of La Raza's 2006 Capital Awards in Washington, DC this evening.

Dean's Democrats:

The Washington Post, having established over the weekend that the Democrats' congressional leaders are being "privately" critical of Howard Dean's stewardship of the DNC, moves on today to "break" more news of other donkey discord.

In your one absolute must-read of the day, the Post's Shailagh Murray and Charles Babington have Gov. Tom Vilsack (D-IA) unsuccessfully trying to get Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to narrow down their core ideas to just two or three. They also have Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) saying that he hears from people "I'd really like to vote for you guys, but I can't stand the folks I see on TV." What's more, there's an effort afoot to drop the word "together" from the Democrats' "Together, America Can Do Better" slogan because it don't flow right to some ears. And finally, three of the party's potential '08ers -- Feingold, Kerry, and Clinton -- are described as also distracting from the Democrats' core message. LINK

The RNC Research department is happily at the ready to hit your inbox with its "Dem Agenda: Disagree and Delay" document that relies heavily on today's story and many stories like it that have appeared over the last couple of months. The RNC will also, once again, paint the Democrats as "the party of no."

Bloomberg's Roger Simon takes a must-read look at the political landscape and wonders if the conventional wisdom that Democrats need an alternative positive programmatic message contrasting with Republicans is all that necessary. LINK

Walking across similar ground, E.J. Dionne says the Democrats can continue being the party of "no." They just have to let voters know (get it!?) what they are saying "no" about. LINK

The mustachioed Simon separately writes that Service Union President Andrew Stern's disappointment with Democrats will cause his organization to actively begin recruiting their own candidates, even if that means crossing party lines. LINK

The politics of Iraq:

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