The Note: Everything's Different Now

Medina also reports on the new challenges facing Lamont's campaign manager, Tom Swan, a man who apparently perspires. LINK

The New York Post's Haberman writes up some anti-Semitic comments regarding Sen. Lieberman that have appeared on a online forum.LINK

The Hartford Courant's David Lightman reports that duplicating Lamont's primary win has been no easy task for other Democrats. LINK

"Sen. Lincoln Chafee, Rhode Island Republican, says he will not follow the path of Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut by running as an independent if he loses his party's Sept. 12 primary election against Cranston Mayor Stephen Laffey," reports the Washington Times. LINK

Chafee told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" that that option is "off the boards."

2006: Governor:

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Milan Simonrich reports that if history is any indication, Lynn Swan's gubernatorial chances are pretty slim. LINK

The Columbus Dispatch's Mark Niquette curtain raises the upcoming series of four Blackwell v. Strickland gubernatorial debates getting underway today. While Strickland holds the lead in most polls, Blackwell is considered the better orator and expected to do well in the debates. LINK

The Schwarzenegger Era:

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is expected to appear with Angelides, who now trails behind Schwarzenegger by more than 10 points in some statewide polls, to officially endorse him at a morning rally today in San Francisco's Mission District, per San Francisco Chronicle's Carla Marinucci and John Wildermuth. LINK

The San Francisco Chronicle ed board Notes that Schwarzenegger's decision on whether or not to sign environmental bills in the coming weeks will determine just how serious the Governator is in his efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions. LINK

Labor Day, California style: LINK

Politics of Iraq:

The New York Times' Archibold profiles State Rep. Jonathan Paton (R-AZ) who is running for re-election while also preparing to be deployed to Iraq. LINK

Dick Armey goes to Iowa:

You may have to get out your 2008 GOP scorecards and add another name to the mix. . . Well, maybe not just yet. But, former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX) is clearly displeased with the lack of attention being paid but the current crop of '08ers to fiscal issues such as Social Security solvency and a fundamental overhaul of America's tax policy.

So, Dick Armey is heading to Iowa to "set the stage for what I think is a much needed, more serious real debate on the issues," said Armey in an exclusive interview with The Note.

"I have absolutely no interest in Dick Armey as President, but the ideas are very important. . . And I don't see anybody out there right now who has taken on the big ideas," Armey said. "You never say never in politics," he added.

Armey is the chairman of FreedomWorks, a grassroots issue-based organization, and it is in that role he will address "Iowans for Discounted Taxes" on September 19 in Des Moines, IA.

Trips to New Hampshire and South Carolina are likely as well.

On President Bush's Social Security effort, Armey said "He's so bogged down in the war, he did not give it the leadership attention he should have. I don't think you can mark that as a failure just because it didn't get done. . . It didn't get done because the President was so wrapped up with the war in Iraq that he didn't get the chance to spend the time on it and assert the leadership."

2008: Democrats:

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