The Note: Self-evident Truthiness

Paul Krugman's New York Times reference is less oblique: "[B]e prepared to wake up less than four weeks from now and learn that everything you've been told about American politics -- liberalism is dead, whoever controls the South controls Washington, only Republicans know 'the way to win' -- is wrong." LINK

You can see and hear more about The Way to Win this Sunday on CNN at 10 am ET on Howard Kurtz's Reliable Sources. LINK

And Mark Halperin is Al Hunt's guest on Bloomberg Television's Political Capital this weekend. LINK

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(Airing Saturday at 6:30 am ET on Ebasic channel and on Bloomberg (cable or direct satellite) on Saturday at 9:30 am ET, 10:30 am ET, 12:30 pm ET, 7:30 pm ET, and 10:30 pm ET and then Sunday at 1:30 am ET, 4:30 am ET, 7:30 am ET, 10 am ET, 1:30 pm ET, and 4:30 pm ET.)

Harry Reid's land deal:

In a move of classic Rove politics, the National Republican Senatorial Committee sent out press releases in almost every Senate race in the country yesterday, tying the Democratic candidates to Harry Reid and his controversial land deal. Note the customization in the releases; we particularly liked the Robert Byrd version.

The Washington Post's ed board writes that the "best case" for Reid is that he was "sloppy." about financial disclosure rules. The "more unattractive case" is that the Senator's "inaccurate description of the investment was an effort to disguise his partnership with a Las Vegas lawyer who's never been charged with wrongdoing but whose name has surfaced in federal investigations involving organized crime, casinos and political bribery since the 1980s." LINK

John L. Smith of the Las Vegas Review Journal believes "timing is everything" for Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), "a possible ethics violation by a Democrat seems like pretty dry stuff at a time the Republicans in Washington are reeling from the Mark 'Page Boy' Foley scandal." LINK

David Kuo (re)writes history:

Cribbing off of MSNBC and exuding no incredulity, the Los Angeles Times goes all breathless over the David Kuo book. LINK

David Kirkpatrick of the New York Times mails in his own account. LINK

House of Labor:

The Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire has an unnamed Teamster official explaining that enthusiasm for backing Republicans has faded because "Republicans went too far. We need a leadership change."

Politics of North Korea:

In a story looking at how both parties are trading blame over failed diplomacy with North Korea, the Wall Street Journal's Yochi Dreazen and Jay Solomon have former Powell chief of staff Larry Wilkerson saying: "It's difficult to say that the Clinton policy failed, but it's crystal clear that the current policy has failed. You need a carrot-and-stick approach -- you can't just use the stick."

Bush Administration agenda:

Mike Allen at on Dick Cheney, rallying the base and naming names (like "Pelosi"). LINK

Bloomberg's Murray also looks at the Vice President's campaign rhetoric. LINK

In a well-placed Wall Street Journal op-ed, former Bush economic adviser Larry Lindsey writes that President Bush should "rest assured that economic historians will credit the tax cuts as having been a model of the successful application of economic theory to the real world."

On cue, Ralph Z. Hallow of the Washington Times looks at the Bush-led Grand Old Party emphasis on tax cuts in speeches, debates and TV spots. LINK

Abramoff affair:

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