The Note: Catoctin Cacophony

The New York Post's Ian Bishop looks at Sen. Clinton's ability to draw contributions from Red state donors as potential proof that she may have some potential general election appeal in those places. LINK

Never doubt the power of marching in a parade next to Sen. Clinton. We wonder if her decision to march with Andrew Cuomo amounts to an unofficial endorsement of his candidacy for New York State Attorney General or just a bit of making up from 2002. LINK

(2002 flashback: LINK and LINK)

AP's Mary Claire Jalonick reports that former Sen. Tom Daschle has "no regrets about his tenure in the Senate," except that he did not run for President in 2004. "Now," she writes, "he may be going for it." LINK

Gore:

George Will writes in a near-must-read column that Al Gore's fervor for the global warming issue and his insistence that he won't run for president just don't add up. Given Gore's knowledge on the matter and the urgent attention he says it requires, Will asks why the former Vice President isn't more forceful in pushing the issue to a national electoral platform. LINK

Instructing his troops to "arm yourselves with knowledge," former Vice President-cum-environmentalist Al Gore spoke with MoveOn.com members via conference call on Sunday night. Gore, who seemed befuddled by POTUS' recent rejection of his documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," pleaded with MoveOn members to round up political will -- a rare "renewable resource" -- and change the environment surrounding the global warming debate. Gore predicted that there was a "50-50 chance" that the Bush-Cheney camp would alter its environmental impotence by 2008; whether that change arises from a newly elected Democratic Congress in 2006 or an environmental disaster, Gore left unclear.

Politics of Iran:

". . . the Bush administration's Iran move has compounded many conservatives' concerns about the direction of U.S. foreign policy under the leadership of Rice's State Department," writes the Los Angeles Times' Paul Richter. LINK

Note Marshall Wittmann's prediction that conservative lawmakers will soon follow the punditry in its criticism.

Ohio:

US News' Dan Gilgoff on the microcosm that is Ohio and the different tune its politicians are singing about President Bush this year than they were in 2004. LINK

The Abramoff affair:

The AP takes a look back at the Safavian trial that was, as the first Abramoff-related trial draws to a close. LINK

House of Labor:

The New York Times previews Gettelfinger's speech today (and accompanying report) and finds a union president prepared to explain the reality of the auto-industry crisis and the expected hard times ahead for his members. LINK

"Endorsements from execs usually don't give labor leaders much cred on the shop floor. But [UAW President Ron] Gettelfinger. . . has won over the troops with a mix of piety and pragmatism," writes Newsweek's Naughton in his curtain-raiser of the UAW convention getting underway in Las Vegas, NV today. LINK

Medicaid:

The Washington Post's Amy Goldstein writes that the "emerging shape of Medicaid represents a victory for governors of both political parties and for fiscal conservatives" while some patient advocates warn that Medicaid's vulnerable patients will be "less certain to get the health care they need." LINK

Same-sex marriage:

US News' Gilgoff on how some Christian conservatives are less than satisfied with Bush's performance last week on the amendment to ban same-sex marriage. LINK

DeLay:

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