The Note: Wherever the Evidence Leads, Part XV

After the interview aired on "World News with Charles Gibson" last night, Charlie said, "Mr. Bush handicapped, by the way, the 2008 presidential race -- said he's getting less certain that Hillary Clinton will run, just his opinion. On the Republican side the names he mentioned were McCain, Romney, Giuliani, and Frist."

You can read the entire interview, including the FPOTUS' 2008 musings, here: LINK

Bush Administration agenda:

Bloomberg's Matthew Benjamin and Brendan Murray report that President Bush is emphasizing the economy as the other two prongs in Karl Rove's strategy -- security and values -- "weaken." LINK

Jim Rutenberg of the New York Times picks up on the ever-talented Kay Henderson's always attuned ears and writes up Tony Snow's unlikely air time in Iowa. LINK

Here is Henderson's blog posting on Salesman Snow: LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire reports that former White House official David Kuo will publish a book this month "slamming" the Bush Administration's commitment to "faith-based" programs. "A person familiar with book's content says it will characterize centerpiece of Bush's compassionate conservatism as 'big talk, little action.'"

The Clintons of Chappaqua:

"Bubba's back. And he is bringing the whole complicated Clinton package with him as he bounds back on the national political stage in the closing stage of a hard-fought election," write John Broder and Anne Kornblut of the New York Times. LINK

Be sure to Note Clinton's role in recruiting Harold Ford, Jr. into the Senate race in Tennessee and the requisite anonymous disgruntled Democrat who doesn't seem to think Clinton has done enough for the party this cycle.

And Jay Carson, part of the Carson-Hastert Anti-ABC coalition, is pacific.

The economy:

The Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire reports that the proportion of electorate calling gas prices a top voting issue plummets to 11% from 23% a month ago, based on a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.

In a story looking at the conspiracy theories that revolve around fluctuating oil prices, the Washington Post's business section reports that one theory about lower oil prices holds that "Saudi Prince Bander bin Sultan lowered oil prices to help Bush in the election." LINK

2006: House:

The Associated Press's David Espo reports on Rep. Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) "drain the swamp" attitude on GOP scandal and her political momentum plus goals into the 2006 election year and beyond. LINK

Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-IA) expressed disappointment with critical ads sponsored by the Economic Freedom Fund. Republican challenger Jeff Lamberti has asked the group to stop running the ads, Notes the Quad-City Times' Eby. LINK

2006: Senate:

USA Today's Jill Lawrence profiles two black politicians Rep. Harold Ford (D-TN) and Lt. Gov. Michael Steele (R-MD), with both men eager to move into Senate seats, but battling the political leanings in their states. LINK

U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. has a slight lead over his Republican opponent Bob Corker in the race for the U.S. Senate in Tennessee, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll released today. Bill Theobald from the Nashville Tennessean gives his analysis of the new numbers emerging from the poll in today's paper. LINK

The Memphis Commercial Appeal on the latest ads in the Corker v. Ford match-up. LINK

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