Time magazine's Mike Allen blogs about "Applebee's America," the new book by Ron Fournier, Matthew Dowd, and Douglas Sosnik, which urges Democrats to stop stereotyping churchgoers and to start targeting them. According to 2004 exit polls, Protestant suburbanites who attend church at least weekly are 49 percent Democrat or independent and 39 percent believe in gay rights. LINK
(When you get your copy, you'll Note that Sen. Clinton is a blurber on the back of the book.)
Jenny Jarvie of The Los Angeles Times reports on the "splintering" and drifting of the Christian Coalition. LINK
House of Labor:
Gov. Tom Vilsack (D-IA), the chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council, has been working to forge closer ties between the business-friendly DLC and the labor organizations that are the base of the Democratic Party.
Some of the fruits of his work will be on display Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 11:30 am ET at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill when the DLC and top labor organizations come together to announce their joint support for the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA).
The act would make it easier to form unions by requiring employers to recognize a union after a majority of workers sign cards authorizing union representation.
Less enamored with EFCA than the DLC, the Wall Street Journal's ed board slams "Big Labor's bid to kill secret union elections" in today's newspaper.
The Journal warns: "The Kennedy-Miller measure has more than 200 House co-sponsors, including all but four Democrats and more than a dozen Republicans. All that's needed now is for a House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to get the ball rolling."
The Week Ahead in Politics:
President Bush meets with his Cabinet tomorrow and then hits the campaign trail on Thursday and Friday. In Atlanta on Thursday, President Bush delivers the third speech in his current series on "The Global War on Terror" and attends a Max Burns for Congress reception. (He'll also spend some time on Thursday with ABC News' Charles Gibson for an exclusive interview with behind-the-scenes access and a look at President Bush on that mother-of-all-incumbent-advantages, Air Force One. Tune into "World News with Charles Gibson" on Thursday to catch it all.)
On Friday, President Bush heads to Clarkston, MI and Kansas City, MO for two closed fundraisers at private residences for Senate candidates Mike Bouchard (R-MI) and Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO), respectively.
President and Mrs. Bush travel to New York City on Sunday to begin a series of events commemorating the fifth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks.
Former President Bill Clinton is also on the campaign trail this week. Clinton campaigns with Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) tomorrow in Elizabeth, NJ, gubernatorial candidate Mike Beebe (D-AR) in Little Rock, AR on Thursday, and Senate candidate Claire McCaskill (D-MO) on Saturday in St. Louis, MO.
Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger holds a fundraising event for New York Senate candidate KT McFarland (R-NY) in New York City tomorrow.
On Thursday, Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) delivers a "major address on rethinking America's future security" at the National Press Club in Washington, DC and then takes his show on the road to New Hampshire on Friday.
Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) travels to Iowa for his inaugural Hawkeye State trip of the cycle on Friday.
Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) delivers what his aides are billing as a "major address on national security" on Saturday in his favorite venue, Faneuil Hall in Boston, MA.