The Note: Asking Ourselves Questions

Danny Hakim profiles Eliot Spitzer and his "gilded path" to Albany in the New York Times. LINK

The New York Times curtain raises the second Spitzer/Faso debate set for tonight. LINK

The Schwarzenegger Era:

George Will lauds Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) for vetoing a bill that would have allowed California to join a movement to undermine the Electoral College through state compact. LINK

Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to host Gov. Schwarzenegger for a fundraiser at his Upper East Side home on Monday evening, reports the New York Post's Maggie Haberman. LINK

Haberman also Notes Bloomberg is hosting a fundraiser today for Gov. Jodi Rell (R-CT).

Jennifer Steinhauer of the New York Times writes that if Howard Stern can pass the FCC smell test as a news program, Jay Leno shouldn't have any problems, despite the Angelides campaign shenanigans pressing for equal time. LINK

Steve Maviglio, deputy chief of staff for Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez, returned to the Angelides communications team Wednesday and immediately went to work on Schwarzenegger's Leno appearance.

2008:

Lauren Whittington looks at the busy travel schedules of would-be-presidents for Roll Call.

2008: Republicans:

In an "emergency" fundraising solicitation for the NRCC, Sen. McCain writes: "In all of my years in politics I've rarely seen the Democrats so united and so energized to win. However, what makes this election year so threatening and unprecedented is that the Democrats also have tens of millions of additional dollars to get their voters to the polls to score the Congressional victories that have eluded them for more than a decade. Now isn't the time to step back from this fight."

2008: Democrats:

Philadelphia Inquirer's Thomas Fitzgerald and Nancy Peterson speculate that "if the junior Senator from New York runs for President, Clinton-era flashbacks could become more frequent." LINK

Bryan Bender of the Boston Globe reports on the Pentagon plans to keep troops in Iraq until 2010. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) made his opinion clear on Huffingtonpost.com - "One of the things I feel most personally is that a Congress that shares responsibility for getting us into Iraq needs to take responsibility for getting us out the right way." LINK

Rick Klein of the Boston Globe Notes on Sen. Kerry's strong words of regret on the Iraq war. LINK

Former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) said Wednesday in the Tar Heel State that the U.S. financial system is trapping the poor, the AP reports. LINK

Politics of immigration:

In the forthcoming New York Times Magazine, Joseph Lelyved argues that if the GOP turns its back on Minutemen Republicans, it could turn its back on its majority status.

Post-Katrina politics:

The Associated Press Notes that pre and post Hurricane Katrina Democrats in Louisiana are having a hard time. LINK

"Shut Up And Sing:"

Yesterday's screening of the new Barbara Kopple directed film "Shut Up and Sing" at the AMC Lowes Theatre in Georgetown showcased the wake of singer Natalie Manines' anti-George W. Bush statement at a 2003 concert. The documentary highlights the Dixie Chick's battle with an offended fan base, censorship and the re-growth of a disenfranchised country group. The group was forced to redefine their status of a country-trio when their "unpatriotic" ways put them at odds with conservative country music fans. The film's general release is planned for Oct. 27.

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