The Note: Strategy Of Necessity

In his role as Ohio's Secretary of State, gubernatorial candidate Ken Blackwell (R-OH) will cast the tie-breaking vote in the Franklin County Board of Elections' consideration of whether Charles Morrison, a conservative who wants to challenge both Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-OH) and her opponent, Mary Jo Kilroy (D-OH), in Ohio's 15th District, can enter the race as an independent, given his longstanding affiliation with the Republican party.

The Election Board split along party lines, reports Robert Vitale of the Columbus Dispatch, with Republicans attempting to keep Morrison, who would inevitably steal votes from Rep. Pryce, off the ballot. LINK

Roll Call's Nicole Duran reports that President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush are coming to the aid of Rep. Chris Cannon (R-UT), an ally of the President's efforts to overhaul the nation's immigration laws, who is facing a tough Republican primary challenge from immigration hard-liner John Jacob.

Mrs. Bush "recorded an automated message to be played to voters in advance of Tuesday's showdown, while the president penned a letter on Cannon's behalf."

2008: House:

The Hill's Josephine Hearn examines potential DCCC chairmen for the '08 cycle. However, despite a showing of interest by a handful of members, House Democrats are still pushing for favorite Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) to serve a second term, perhaps even resorting to a "forced reenlistment." LINK

Iowa:

First New Hampshire, and now the Hawkeye State.

The Des Moines Register reports that Karl Rove will travel to Iowa next week to campaign for Republican candidates. LINK

New Hampshire:

John DiStaso's always must-read Granite Status column in the New Hampshire Union Leader touches on who is avoiding Gary Dodds, Rove's predictable conversation topics during his New Hampshire visit last week, and on the bipartisan efforts (thanks to the conservative grassroots organization VictoryNH) to protect New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary. LINK

Don't miss John Edwards' Labor Day plans.

2008: Democrats:

When Sen. Clinton was asked by CNN's Larry King last night if she would like Al Gore to run for president again, the former First Lady (who just a moment earlier was praising Gore for performing a "great" service not only to America but to the world) broke into her trademark laughter and said: "Here we go. You're good, Larry . . . All roads lead to one question. I have a question for you. When the FBI Director is here tomorrow, ask him if he agrees with cutting the homeland security money to New York City. Just ask him."

KING: "That's one of the things you're ticked about."

CLINTON: "I am so ticked about that."

In a column entitled "Open Gore Policy," the New York Post's Deborah Orin refuses to believe that Al Gore isn't considering a run for the White House in 2008, asserting that his refusal to back his former veep-candidate Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) would keep him in the anti-war's good graces. LINK

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