WASHINGTON, June 9
At this writing, there are no discernable political effects from the death of Zarqawi and the Iraqi cabinet appointments.
Nothing, we mean, that allows us to name a single midterm election race whose outcome will be different because of these developments.
And yet this is the ONLY story going as the week ends, so to review:
1. No public polling data to tell you about.
2. No DeanPelosiReid statements to tell you about.
3. The New York Times' Jim Rutenberg -- saying, in effect, "Back off, Abramowitz" -- has this: "Still, Bush's top aides - Karl Rove, Nicolle Wallace and Joel Kaplan - were clearly buoyed by the announcement, smiling and jovial as they gathered for the president's announcement."
4. The bloggers, the talk radio and cable hosts, the network political units: all P-R-E-D-I-C-T-A-B-L-E.
5. There is a canary-in-the-coal-mine press release from the Republican National Committee, part of their "The Real Dem Agenda" series with the charming picture of Leader Pelosi, that says in part: "COMMITMENT TO DEFEATISM, Some Democrats Call Al-Zarqawi Killing 'A Stunt' And Others Question Our Purpose In Iraq"
It features Pete Stark, John Murtha, John Kerry, Barbara Boxer, Joe Biden, Dennis Kucinich, Hillary Clinton, and Dana Milbank. Cultural anthropologists can read it all here: LINK
6. Per the Wall Street Journal: "The National Republican Senatorial Committee yesterday dashed out a news release attacking the antiwar stance of Amy Klobuchar, a candidate seeking the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party's nomination for the U.S. Senate in Minnesota. 'Today's announcement should give pause to those who believe we cannot be effective in fighting terror in Iraq -- and that includes Amy Klobuchar and her DFL,' it said."
7. No offense to Scott, but Tony tick tocks with the best of them. The man should consider a career in journalism or as a Barnes and Noble kids storytime reader.
(Now: some newspaper reporter needs to prove Rush wrong and tick tock the long-gestating development of the White House's pre-packaged media rollout plan, which is not evil but smart.)
8. When the White House has Ray LaHood and Scott Reed on board, can Tony Fabrizio be far behind? (Reed, in Bloomberg: "This is a severe blow to the naysayers who have dominated the terms of the debate all year long. . . . Morale in the GOP will now rise.'')
With no gloating and feeling like he is in his first throes, President Bush is at Camp David today. At 9:10 am ET Mr. and Mrs. Bush greet the Prime Minister of Denmark and his wife on their arrival at Camp David. The two leaders hold a 10:50 am ET joint press availability. On Monday and Tuesday of next week the President plans to meet with his national security council to discuss Iraq.
NRCC Chairman Rep. Tom Reynolds (R-NY) holds a 10:00 am ET pen and pad briefing with reporters.
Treasury Secretary nominee Paulson meets with Sen. Frist at 10:30 am ET.
The grand jury investigating the CIA leak case is expected to meet at 9:30 am ET.
Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) discusses his immigration reform plan at 1:30 pm ET in Boston, MA at his brother's presidential library. At 5:30 pm ET in Dorchester, MA, Sen. Kennedy plans to address the future of Medicare and Social Security.