The Note: Long Ball Lay-up

While far less publicized than its Washington brethren, Albany's Legislative Correspondence Association (LCA) annual event is not to be trifled with, and it's clear that Senator Clinton took her appearance there this past Saturday night very seriously. She cut a very unserious video showing her very unserious side, all to serious laughs, guffaws and applause from the 400 political elite in attendance.

As Bob Hardt well knows, New York reporters agree on nothing. Yet, a sampling of those at the LCA afterparty revealed that they all agreed that "No Public Schedule" was very well done. And we hear from sources familiar with what was left on the cutting room floor that the Chuck Schumer outtakes are laugh out loud funny, and could be the basis of a "making of" video.

If you have 5 minutes and 50 seconds to spare, make sure to watch this short film (in fact, even if you don't, make time): LINK

WARNING: If it is important for you to believe that Sen. Clinton is angry, brittle, and humorless, watching this video might be detrimental to your talking points, and therefore, your health.

Sen. Kerry said on Saturday that "the war is being carried out by 'incompetents' and 'ideologues' whose actions are killing American troops" and named Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld as one such person, reported Bert Dalmer in the Sunday Des Moines Register. LINK

Per Dalmer, "Kerry said before his speech Saturday that 'it is way too early' to begin talking about a presidential run in 2008."

Sen. Biden's visit to South Carolina in the early part of last week was still resonating with Lee Bandy of The State for a Sunday story with tons of praise. LINK

The week ahead:

Nebraska and West Virginia hold primary elections tomorrow. Also tomorrow, former Gov. Mark Warner and Sen. Evan Bayh attend the DLC and PPI-sponsored release of the book "With All Our Might: Defeating Jihadism and Defending Liberty" in Washington, DC and supporters of Sen. Hillary Clinton MeetUp in Arlington, VA.

Sen. McCain keynotes the Clean Cities Congress and Expo in Phoenix, AZ on Wednesday.

Also on Wednesday, Karen Hughes addresses the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City, Lindy Boggs and her daughter Cokie Roberts participate in the "American Conversation" discussion series at the National Archives in Washington, DC, and Ann Lewis and Judith Lichtman host a "Team Hillary" conference call to discuss a range of national issues with campaign supporters.

On Thursday, President Bush delivers the commencement address at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Biloxi, MS.

The Senate Budget Committee holds a hearing considering the nomination of Robert Portman as Director of the Office of Management and Budget on Thursday and EMILY's List holds a Washington, DC luncheon featuring Sen. Barack Obama and House candidate Tammy Duckworth (D-IL). Gubernatorial candidate Lynn Swann (R-PA) holds a "Hall of Fame Tribute" fundraiser in Washington, DC on Thursday as well.

First Lady Laura Bush delivers remarks on Thursday at Vanderbilt University's "Senior Class Day" in Nashville, TN.

President Bush meets with the current and former Secretaries of State and Defense at the White House on Friday morning.

Former Sen. John Edwards heads to the Granite State on Friday to attend a reception in honor State Sen. Joe Foster (D-NH) in Manchester, NH.

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