The Note: Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda, Part III

Former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) campaigned for Democrat Jim Webb in Virginia's U.S. Senate race, but the presidential hopeful made it clear that he was there to also build support for himself, Notes the Charlotte Observer's Funk. LINK

James Baker:

In a Texas Monthly interview with James Baker, he doesn't tip his hand too much on Iraq, except to make it clear that withdrawing would be a major mistake. He also says some of Iraq's cabinet ministers have their own private militias.

Also, check out this exchange on the Rumsfeld question:

SMITH: You comfortable with Secretary Runs, Rumsfeld's performance as [simultaneous] Defense Secretary.

BAKER: [Simultaneous] Look. I'm not, I'm, I'm not president of the United States. It's, it only matters if President Bush is comfortable, and he's very comfortable.

SMITH: He only has one boss.

BAKER: That's right. Only has one boss and, and it's not up to me to, uh, to talk about personalities and people, and I don't.

SMITH: Right.

BAKER: So, uh, the president makes those decisions.

SMITH: His call.

BAKER: Yeah.

More schedule items:

The Spina Bifida Association (SBA) holds its annual roast for Spina Bifida at 6:30 pm ET featuring Bob Schieffer of CBS News, White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD), and radio host Don Imus at the J.W. Marriot Hotel in Washington, DC. It's Judy and Al's Washington tonight.

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHCI) continues to host its "2006 Public Policy Conference" at 7:00 am ET with Rep. John Salazar (D-CO), Rep. Luis Gutierrez (R-IL), and Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA) at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.

American University (AU) hosts a 12 noon ET discussion, "A Look at the November Elections" with Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report, Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institution, and James Thurber of the AU Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University in Washington, DC.

The Cato Institute has a noon ET scheduled book discussion with Andrew Sullivan, author of "The Conservative Soul: How We Lost It, How to Get It Back" and David Brooks of the New York Times at the Cato Institute in Washington, DC.

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