The Note: Everything's Different Now

At noon ET, Sen.. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) will launch his "Joe's Doors & Diners Tour" in Waterbury, CT, where he plans to draw sharp distinctions with his main opponent, Ned Lamont (D-CT).

According to excerpts of Lieberman's prepared remarks obtained by The Note, the Senator is expected to say, "To me, it's always been about people not politics. I am a devoted Democrat. But my first allegiance is to Connecticut and America, to the people who put their trust in me to help make their lives better. And my top priority has always been and will continue to be solving problems, not settling scores."

"My main opponent seems to have a different approach. He believes that there is not enough finger-pointing and name-calling and game-playing in Washington. To him, every kind of compromise seems like a betrayal and bipartisanship is another word for surrender."

"That's the clear choice on the ballot this fall. Progress versus partisanship. A senator who can fix what is broken in Washington or one who will only make it worse."

The Lieberman campaign also plans to unveil its revamped Website (we're certain the Netroots are going to sign right up!) at www.Joe2006.com later this afternoon.

Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC) holds a news conference to discuss the annual CBC legislative conference, the mid-term elections, and immigration reform at the National Press Club at 1:00 pm ET. The 36th annual legislative conference kicks off tomorrow and runs through Saturday in Washington, DC.

Rudy Giuliani (R-NYC) fundraises for controller candidate Tony Strickland (R-CA) in Costa Mesa, CA.

Ohio Gubernatorial candidates Ken Blackwell (R-OH) and Ted Strickland (D-OH) debate today in Youngstown, OH.

Be sure to check out our look at the week ahead in politics below.

2006: landscape:

Tom DeFrank of the New York Daily News has both relatively hopeful and bereft Bush advisers in his look at the House landscape, but clearly more of the latter. LINK

"'We'll lose the House,' one of the party's most prominent officials flatly predicted, 'and the President will be dead in the water for two years.'"

"Even a perennially optimistic senior Bush strategist conceded, 'I'm pretty worried about it. The House is not looking good.'"

DeFrank leads his story with this gem: "'The security issue trumps everything,' a senior Bush official said last week. 'That's why even though they're really mad at us, in the end they're going to give us another two years.'"

With mortgage debt up 97 percent since 2000 and with 11 percent of all outstanding mortgage debt scheduled to readjust to a higher interest rate for the first time next year, the Washington Post's Jeffrey Birnbaum and Chris Cillizza look at the starring role that "mortgage moms" might play in 2006. LINK

Under a "The Rise of the Lincoln Democrats" header, the Washington Post's E.J. Dionne columnizes about the "quiet counter-realignment" that is underway in the Northeast and Midwest." LINK

Keying off of recent projections by Charlie Cook and Stu Rothenberg, Chip Reid appeared very bullish about Democratic chances of taking control of Congress in a report he filed for NBC's "Today." Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-PA) was shown distancing himself from President Bush in a new television ad and Chris Matthews mused about whether the conservative elements of this country will be able to stomach the sight of Nancy Pelosi -- "a liberal from San Francisco" -- in the Speaker's chair.

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