The Note: Gone Fishing?

Per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA) has a 4-to-1 fundraising advantage over Republican challenger Lynn Swann. LINK


The New York Post's Deb Orin writes up a new poll on potential '08ers with some frightening results. LINK

The New York Daily News' DeFrank gives the Fox poll some play too: LINK

2008: Republicans:

In Dallas yesterday, "America's Mayor" Rudy Giuliani (R-NY) told local business leaders that he's upbeat about the GOP's prospects in November while touting his party's agenda.

When asked once again whether he'll run in 2008, Giuliani smiled and said coyly, "Who knows what will happen in 2008? I'm working on 2006." LINK

An editorial in the Baxter Bulletin chides Gov. Huckabee for promoting "nanny government" with his call for health restrictions on pregnant women . LINK

The Washington Times has former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) at Wednesday's "Save Venice" benefit. LINK

2008: Democrats:

The Des Moines Register on Gov. Vilsack's inaugural trip to New Hampshire. LINK

James Pindell of has state Rep. Bette Lasky saying: "I didn't have any real expectations [of Vilsack]. But I can't remember the last time a candidate has held the attention of a crowd the way he did." LINK

With an introduction that lauded her as a "blessing," Sen. Clinton "testified" to the Katrina Justice Commission in a church basement near the Capitol on Thursday. In her shortened speech (an aide unexpectedly whisked her back to the Senate after 8 minutes), she called POTUS' and FEMA's reaction to Katrina a "disaster in and of itself" and an "indictment" of the administration. "Those of us who come at this from the political sphere and the faith sector," she added, "Know that we have an obligation...a responsibility that we are expected to fill for one another." She then cited her trips to New Orleans and Houston -- "with my husband" -- as evidence that she understand that obligation and has worked to fulfill her responsibility.

Al Gore, not a candidate for anything, by intention:

Pretty soon, we are going to have to stop covering Al Gore in The Note, what with his not being a politician, but old habits (such as telling Shoney's jokes) are hard to break.

Gore was the keynote speaker at the Silverdocs film festival yesterday afternoon in beautiful downtown Silver Spring, MD. Following a presentation of the trailer for "An Inconvenient Truth," AFI's Jean Picker Firstenberg introduced Montgomery County executive and gubernatorial candidate Doug Duncan who introduced Silverdocs' Patricia Finnerman who introduced global superwoman and Silver Spring mascot Judith McHale of Discovery, Inc., who introduced "soldier, journalist . . . Senator, Vice President, force for good, former President of the United States [big cheer]" Al Gore.

Gore, looking well-groomed and well-turned out in a dark suit and blue tie, took the stage, and having had his biggest laugh line ("I used to be the next President of the United States") stolen by his celluloid self in the "AIT" trailer, launched into an expert, oft-told, prolonged comedic set on the topic of being a non-former-next-POTUS (the motorcadeless drive through Tennessee and the Shoney's story, complete with the "I don't think its funny" line, the frantic message on the tarmac, etc).

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