The Note: Splitting the Baby Pinata

In Roll Call column, Donna Brazile calls McCain's decision to speak to Falwell's Liberty University a "smart political move." She writes that Rupert Murdoch's "endorsement" of Sen. Clinton should be seen as similar to the "bellwether" 1992 moment when conservative business leaders from Orange County such as Roger Johnson, the CEO of Western Digital, broke with George H.W. Bush and endorsed Bill Clinton. Brazile dismisses talk that Sen. Clinton is having problems with the left as nothing more than "elite buzz." Though Brazile does think that the recent flap over whether young people are lazy does show that Sen. Clinton need to be "careful with her words."

2008: Republicans:

"It seemed almost Biblical." That's how Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) described the rising water in Massachusetts while chatting with ABC News' Diane Sawyer about the floods that have hit New England on "Good Morning America."

Romney said that his state is most concerned about the back-up of sewage and water in people's basements that could cause them to lose electricity. He said that he is confident that no one has lost his or her life while adding that efforts are being taken to prevent "looting of any kind."

Per the Boston Globe's Andrea Estes: "The Senate Post Audit and Oversight Committee is expected to issue a report today accusing the Romney administration of neglecting the state's dams by not inspecting and maintaining them." Officials from Romney's camp yesterday defended the dam safety program. LINK

Behind that TimesSelect wall, New York Times metro columnist Clyde Haberman keys off of the "Giuliani Time" documentary recently released and writes of the post 9/11 honeymoon coming to an end for Rudy Giuliani. LINK

Davidson Goldin of the New York Sun traveled to North Carolina to size up Giuliani as a potential presidential hopeful and appears quite impressed. "His stump speech is a winner, gently touching on his accomplishments as mayor at reducing crime and welfare, without overselling his leadership on September 11, 2001," writes Goldin. LINK

2008: Democrats:

The Des Moines Register's David Yepsen achieves must-read status with his op-ed on Gen. Wesley Clark's promising start. LINK

Politics:

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg continues his push for greater gun control with a federal lawsuit against 15 gun dealers. LINK

Per The Hill, Reps. Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-MI) and Barbara Lee (D-CA) are competing to lead the Congressional Black Caucus next year, with the vote scheduled to take place after the November elections. LINK

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