The Note: Mistakes Were Made

Monday's New York Times describes a June 6, 2002 speech Foley gave on the House floor in which he mentioned several of the congressional pages by name and noted that his eyes were welling with tears. LINK

The Way to Win:

Tomorrow is the release date of the new book about American politics by Mark Halperin of ABC News and John F. Harris of the Washington Post.

The duo appeared on Imus this morning, during which the host graciously urged his listeners to buy the book.

Sarah Baxter of the Sunday Times of London breaks the code on the book's Washington party, which included John McCain, Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney, and Karl Rove. LINK

From the Right, Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit says, "Mark Halperin and John Harris's new book, The Way to Win: Taking the White House in 2008 <LINK

) I think the subject will be near and dear to a lot of people's hearts." LINK

From the Left, Eric Alterman in The Nation says The Way to Win, "contains a razor-sharp analysis of the upper stratum of American politics available nowhere else." LINK

The media tour and public appearances begin in earnest tomorrow.

In a well-placed op-ed in Sunday's New York Times, Mark Halperin wrote: "Critics of the Bush administration assert that the politics of the base has run its course, and that the Iraq war, the partisan zealousness and the conservative social policies of the administration have made voters yearn for a more centrist, bipartisan government. But Mr. Bush's opponents may be imprudently lulled by the current storyline and broad national polls, both of which miss the power and consequence of a Republican base that may have one more victory to give." LINK

You can buy the book right now here. LINK


While appearing this morning on "Today," Woodward said the timing of the book's release is "not waiting for a splash, it's trying to assemble the whole story."

The CBS wrap on Woodward's "60 Minutes" appearance: LINK

Monday's Washington Post excerpt: LINK

Sunday's Washington Post excerpt: LINK

Newsweek's Woodward excerpt: LINK

The Washington Post's Michael Fletcher picks up on White House Counselor Dan Bartlett saying on "This Week" that Woodward "doesn't connect his own dots." LINK

The White House is circulating Bartlett saying on CNN's "Late Edition": "But I must say, I was quite struck by the cover of the book and the central thesis of denial, because the evidence in the book itself ... contradicts his very thesis of denial."

Allen buys air time:

Sen. George Allen (R-VA) bought two minutes of airtime on Channel 4 at 7:58 pm tonight to speak. A Mason-Dixon poll from the weekend showed Sen. George Allen (R-VA) tied with Democrat Jim Webb 43-43.

2006: landscape:

Keying off of a recent WSJ/NBC poll that found the "gap between rich and poor" ranked as the No. 2 economic issue after "gas prices and energy costs," Deborah Solomon reports for the Wall Street Journal's front page that although Democrats talk about the income gap, "Democrats candidates haven't fleshed out a program for reversing inequality" beyond raising the minimum wage, enacting modest college and child-care tax credits, rolling back some of President Bush's tax cuts, and "finding ways to shield Americans against rising gas prices."

The AP's Jim Kuhnhenn reported on Saturday that in a reversal of 2004, Republican-based outside groups such as Progress for America and the Economic Freedom Fund have been dominating the political ad landscape. LINK

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