The Note: Ws and Ls

In a front-page story on the Maryland Senate race, the Washington Post's Matthew Mosk calls into question claims of independence on the part of Rep. Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Lt. Gov. Michael Steele (R-MD) by looking at PAC donations they have received. LINK

Bob Novak chides Bob Casey for not specifying what spending he would cut during his Sunday debate with Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA). LINK

The Associated Press reports that Pennsylvania's AFL-CIO president apologized for referring to Adolf Hitler when critiquing Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA). LINK

Sen. Durbin tells David Lightman of the Hartford Courant that Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) received a (seated) "warm ovation" from his colleagues at the Democratic caucus meeting yesterday. LINK

Mark "Not on the Front Page" Leibovich of the New York Times reports on Sen. Joe "Elvis" Lieberman's (D-CT) return to Capitol Hill and the well-wishing that ensued, complete with a Lightman quote. LINK

And this: a hug from Sen. Susan Collins was undoubtedly the highlight, "'I'm hoping that doesn't come back to haunt him,' Ms. Collins said, a reference to the hug and possible kiss that Mr. Lieberman received from President Bush after last year's State of the Union address."

The Washington Post's (non-Durbin like) Dana Milbank recaps the cold reception that Sen. Lieberman received from Senate Democrats yesterday. Milbank also has Lamont saying at yesterday's Monitor breakfast that he would not vote for Lieberman to replace Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense, "That would be what we call in my world a lateral move." LINK

Aaron Blake writes in the Hill that Ned Lamont stressed his ability to work with lawmakers of both parties during his visit to Washington. Lamont also thanked the liberal blogs for their role in his victory, calling them, "the girl that I took to the dance". LINK

The New York Daily News' Michael McAuliff reports on the increasing chumminess between Sen. Clinton and Lamont. LINK

The New York Times' Medina does the Lieberman as SecDef rumor thing. LINK

2006: Governor:

On the heels of the ten year anniversary of President Clinton signing welfare reform into law, gubernatorial candidate Lynn Swann (R-PA) goes up with his second television ad of the campaign today on the topic. The ad, "Ideas that Work," will begin airing in the Western markets in the state and work its way East. In the ad, Swann says that Pennsylvania is "dead last" in moving people from welfare to work under Gov. Rendell (D-PA).

Here's the script:

"This campaign for Governor is really a contest between those who say we can't do better and those of us who say we must. Take welfare reform. Under Governor Ridge, Pennsylvania was a national leader in helping people move from welfare to work. And Now we're dead last. It's so bad, we're spending $2.5 billion more a year on welfare, while most states are spending far less. There is dignity in work and I'll make Welfare to Work actually work. And you'll pay less in taxes."

In response to Democrats' accusations that he is softening his position on abortion, gubernatorial candidate Jim Nussle (R-IA) says plainly that he would sign a bill outlawing abortion for victims of rape and incest. Nussle only supports abortion when the mother's life is in danger. If elected, Nussle says that he would like to move slowly toward a total ban on abortion in the state of Iowa. LINK

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