The Note: Key Judgement


Hundreds of thousands of immigrants and immigrant rights supporters are expected to march in 72 locations around the country today. Organizers of today's events are calling it "the biggest mobilization in history on the issue of immigrant rights."

Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) will address the DC rally on the National Mall at 4:30 pm ET. He is expected to address head-on the enforcement-only immigration bill passed by the House. Sen. Kennedy will be joined by AFL-CIO President John Sweeney and other labor leaders.

Sen. Kennedy is expected to tell the crowd that the Republican House bill is wrong because it will make America less secure.

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) joins Linda Chavez-Thompson of the AFL-CIO and other union leaders at a 3:00 pm ET rally in New York City. At some point today, at an undisclosed North American location, Sen. Hillary Clinton will sit down with Bloomberg News for an exclusive interview teeing up her major speech on the economy slated for tomorrow in Chicago. Expect there to be banter on economic inequality and good jobs at good wages (not unlike, coincidentally, what they have at Bloomberg).

President Bush makes 10:50 am ET remarks on the global war on terrorism at the Johns Hopkins Paul Nitze School of International Studies in Washington, DC at 10:50 am ET. Surely, he will not be influenced by the new ABC News/Washington Post poll, which shows that his job approval rating is at a career low. LINK

ABC News' Jon Cohen and Gary Langer report that just 38 percent of Americans now approve of Bush's overall performance in office -- the lowest mark of his presidency, albeit by a single point. Sixty percent disapprove of how he's handling his job, matching the highest disapproval of his tenure.

One of the primary drags on the President's job approval rating has been the public's negative assessment of the war in Iraq, and in this poll 58 percent say the war was not worth fighting -- a majority sentiment for the past 16 months.

A striking feature of the President's predicament is the intensity of sentiment against him. Today, just 20 percent of Americans "strongly" approve of his work in office, while more than twice as many, 47 percent, strongly disapprove. At the start of Bush's second term, he had the same number of strong supporters and strong opponents.

Vice President Cheney delivers 1:40 pm ET remarks at a fundraiser for Iraq war vet turned House candidate Van Taylor. He delivers 3:50 pm ET remarks at a fundraiser for Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO).

Former Vice President Gore will be the meta-surprise guest at a major DNC fundraiser being held at the Mandarin Hotel in New York City at 6:30 pm ET to honor DNC Finance Chair Maureen White. Also attending tonight's fundraiser will be former President Clinton, Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY), and DNC Chairman Howard Dean. The fundraiser, which will be attended by 500 people, is expected to raise $1.3 million.

Early voting for New Orleans mayor and city council starts today, writes the AP. Twenty-two candidates, most of them white, are challenging the re-election bid by Mayor Ray Nagin. LINK

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is campaigning for gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson (R-AR).

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