The Note: Charlie Brown Holds His Own Football

Time magazine's excerpt from "The Audacity of Hope." LINK

The Washington Post's Sebastian Mallaby rips Sen. Evan Bayh's (D-IN) centrist credentials, accusing him of a "sell-out to a self-serving lobby" because of a letter he wrote to Senate colleagues urging them to oppose what Bayh called "documented unfair trade" in a type of steel that's used in vehicles. LINK

"With Mark Warner out of the 2008 Demstakes, the chief anti-Hillary centrist is Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana. This is a depressing commentary on the state of the Democratic Party. Bayh may have cleared his schedule to woo Warner supporters on Thursday. But he has yet to prove himself a real contender -- and he may not be a real centrist, either." Josh Gerstein in the New York Sun on Soros giving to Wes Clark. LINK

Politics of beauty:

In Saturday's Washington Post, Shailagh Murray looked at the "chiseled" Democratic features and what it means for the party's hopes in November. LINK

Political potpourri:

The Boston Globe's Brian McGonigle Notes that the new phenomenon of MySpace.com, isn't immune to national political leaders. Sens. Kennedy and Kerry both have pages, with Kerry being profiled as loving Harry Potter. Meanwhile President Bush has many pages and his buddies including Osama Bin Laden, but not VP Dick Cheney. LINK

Jennifer Steinhauer of the New York Times showed why she is simply one of the best scribes out there in her Sunday Week-in-Review piece that looked at just how similar Arnold Schwarzenegger and Michael Bloomberg are -- despite their physical differences. LINK

The political week ahead:

On Tuesday, FLOTUS Laura Bush attends "Teddy Roosevelt and the Treasure of URSA Major" at the JFK Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT) and Jon Tester (D-MT) debate in Billings, MT. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) launches his book, "The Audacity of Hope." The Michigan Republican Party features Gov Mitt Romney (R-MA) in their Countdown to Victory Dinner in Grand Rapids, MI. Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and Fred Bergsten of the Institute for International Economics debate "Economic Patriotism, The Choice Between Free Trade and Fair Trade" in Washington, DC.

On Wednesday, Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-LA) testifies to the House Ethics Committee in Washington, DC. DNC Chair Howard Dean and Gov. Ted Kulongoski (D-OR) host a GOTV rally for the Oregon Democratic Party in Portland OR. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Democratic opponent Jim Pederson debate in Tucson, AZ. Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) have their final debate in Kansas City, MO. Senate candidates Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Mike Bouchard hold their second debate on Michigan Public Television. The National Press Club hosts a luncheon with Rep. Tom Reynolds (R-NY) and Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) on the midterm elections in Washington, DC.

On Thursday, John Boehner testifies to the House Ethics Committee in Washington, DC. Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH) and Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) participate in a televised debate in Toledo, OH. DNC Chair Howard Dean attends a forum at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN. Hank Aaron campaigns for Governor Jim Doyle (D-WI) in Madison, WI. Newt Gingrich speaks at the Lean Sigma Healthcare Transformation Summit in Tempe, AZ.

On Friday, Karl Rove is scheduled to make an appearance at the Erie County GOP Fundraising Dinner in Buffalo, NY. DNC Chair Howard Dean campaigns with Senate candidate Ned Lamont (D-CT) and House candidate John DeStefano (D-CT) in Hartford, CT. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and her opponent John Spencer (R-NY) participate in their first televised debate in Rochester, NY. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Jim Pederson (D-AZ) debate in Flagstaff, AZ.

Correction:

We accidentally referred to Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH) as a "former Congressman" in Friday's edition of The Note. Mr. Ney still represents Ohio's 18th congressional district. Ney's lawyers have said he intends to resign in the comings weeks.

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