Iowa comes to New Hampshire today (which excites the Googling monkeys more than most things) when Gov. Tom Vilsack (D-IA) tours the Granite State's legendary Stonyfield Farm with Gov. John Lynch (D-NH). Gov. Vilsack will also dine with Manchester City Democrats at their annual Flag Day dinner.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice addresses the Southern Baptist Convention messengers at their annual meeting in Greensboro, NC at 10:00 am ET.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) discusses the impact of his May budget revise on the arts, music, and physical education during a 4:30 pm ET tour of Sinsheimer Elementary in San Luis Obispo, CA.
Bush's Baghdad surprise + other good news: political analysis:
Everyone agrees: a comeback might be in the offing, but facts on the ground on Iraq matter most.
"Bush took full command of the political stage with his five-hour appearance in Baghdad," writes the Washington Post's Peter Baker. "Yet in the end, some analysts noted (sic), it will matter only if this new government can heal societal schisms and stand up effective security forces." LINK
The New York Times' Sheryl Gay Stolberg sees the President's trip as a return to his 2004 Iraq strategy, insisting he "will stay the course while at the same time making Iraq a proxy for the broader national security debate." LINK
Wall Street Journal headline: "Bush's Visit to Baghdad Signifies Upturn in His Political Fortunes"
"It is too early, of course, to know whether the positive news will be sustained enough to help him improve his standing, as well as the Republican Party's endangered majorities in Congress," write the Wall Street Journal's McKinnon and Dreazen. "Still, Republicans are relieved to hear good news after months of bad news."
A New York Times editorial dismisses the trip as a "presidential publicity stunt." LINK
The Wall Street Journal ed board wishes the President had stayed longer.
The New York Daily News' Thomas DeFrank writes that after yesterday, Bush has the "Big Mo" back. LINK
On ABC's "Good Morning America," New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman did not express optimism about Iraq following POTUS' visit. "The good news is that the President went to Iraq. The bad news is that he only felt safe to stay for 5 or 6 hours." He added, "We can kill people like Zarqawi, but we can't kill Zarqawism."
Asked by a reporter about the President's trip to Iraq, Sen. Clinton said: "Let's hope something good comes out of it."
The Wall Street Journal's Anne Marie Squeo focuses on Luskin, "a left-leaning litigator who wears a gold hoop in his left ear and rides a Ducati motorcycle."
The Washington Post's Jim VandeHei writes that Rove "does not emerge from the investigation unscathed" with Democrats still (perhaps hopefully) seeing him as a "symbol of fading White House credibility" and with Sen. Schumer saying in an interview that he wants Fitzgerald to release a report that details the roles of Rove and other White House officials in the leak of Plame's name. LINK
VandeHei also has a source saying that Fitzgerald does not appear to be pursuing criminal charges against former State Department official Richard Armitage, who is believed by some to have discussed the identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame with at least one reporter.