The Note: Same Story, Slightly Different Words

In fact, the column is actually advice to any Democrat who wants to be president in 2008, if they can only sing the music AND remember the lyrics.

While on Long Island yesterday, Sen. Clinton was asked if she agrees with Rep. Murtha's six-month timetable for withdrawal of American troops from Iraq. LINK

The New York Daily News has her reply: "'I was stunned when the President gave his answer about when the war in Iraq would be over - that it would be up to future Presidents,' Clinton said. 'I don't think that was a responsible answer.'"

"And though Clinton said she did not believe that the U.S. can commit to a specific withdrawal date, she added, 'The Iraqi people cannot expect us to be there for them indefinitely.'"

Philippe Reines explains Sen. Clinton's immigration-related reference to Jesus to the New York Post. LINK

The New York Daily News' Bazinet and McAuliff write, "A White House official said the President was well aware of Clinton's biblical broadside when he spoke [about the need for a civil debate on immigration], but Team Bush didn't want to single her out and give her the spotlight." LINK

Reines' statement to the Los Angeles Times: "Since Sen. Clinton has always discussed this important issue in a serious, civil and dignified manner, we assume that his admonition was directed elsewhere." LINK

Per Thomas Beaumont of the Des Moines Register, Gov. Tom Vilsack (D-IA) crosses the border today to meet with Missouri Democrats and headline the state Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner. LINK

While traveling in Wisconsin, Ken Mehlman defended the RNC's radio ad running in the state highlighting Sen. Feingold's call for censure and "dismissed a report by the nonpartisan Annenberg Political Fact Check, which says the ad falsely characterizes Feingold's resolution," reports the Green Bay Press Gazette. LINK

New Hampshire:

Granite State pols wise up and return to "Live free or die" from (we aren't kidding) "You're going to love it here." LINK


This week Charlie Cook uses his National Journal column to offer his micro analysis of the 2006 midterm election.

"A hurricane does seem likely to hit the GOP this November. But the micro analysis shows that structural barriers in the House and Senate are protecting the Republican majorities like seawalls, and would likely withstand the surge from a Category 1, 2, or 3 storm. They probably couldn't withstand a Category 4 or 5, though."

Cook concludes thusly: "In four out of five elections, the micro analysis proves accurate. But in about one out of five, it doesn't. Will this year be one of those exceptions?"

The AP writes up President Bush's fundraising trip today for Rep. Mike Sodrel (R-IN) stating that "Bush's appearance will be a boost for Sodrel even though the president's popularity has been sagging in Indiana, political analysts said." LINK

Reflecting the CW of the Keystone State press corps, James O'Toole of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes that although DSCC-target Rick Santorum (R-PA) expects to raise over $500,000 by having President Bush over, "At this point in his administration. . . the president's embrace is a mixed blessing to Santorum and other Republican candidates." LINK

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