The Note: A Ballet Being Fought Out in the Alley

Former President Bill Clinton will headline a $1 million fundraiser in San Francisco on Nov. 1, with Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) listed as hosts, per the San Francisco Chronicle's Carla Marinucci. LINK

Bill Clinton was in Rhode Island last night energizing more than 1,100 at the Rhode Island Convention Center, per Scott MacKay of the Providence Journal. LINK

"'I've never seen the American people so thoughtful, so concerned and so eager for someone to talk to them,' said Mr. Clinton. 'Things are out of whack.'"

2008:

Sen. Hagel, Sen. Feingold, and Sen. Clinton are saluted in the forthcoming issue of Esquire as "pillars of Congress." Sen. Hagel is called "independent, thoughtful, and big enough to see the virtue in the arguments of his opponents." Sen. Feingold is called "the kind of Democrat every Democrat should aspire to be." Sen. Clinton is said to have "confounded every last paranoid delusion that the wing nuts had about her."

Two potential '08ers made it onto Esquire's list of the worst members of Congress: Dr./Leader/Sen. Frist is called "probably the person most responsible for Congress ceasing to be a co-equal branch of government." Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) is simply called "Tancrazy."

2008: Democrats:

The New York Times' Anne Kornblut reports on Sen. Hilary Clinton's (D-NY) travel schedule and her refusal (yet) to campaign in Iowa, suggesting that "crossing the border into a state that will matter early in 2008 would set off a cascade of attention and be tantamount to an official announcement that she is running for president." LINK

Kornblut uses lots of fretful Democratic activist quotes from the crowd at the Iowa J-J about Clinton's electability, as well as a standard-issue Fischer kicker.

Sen. Clinton is getting "organized" for her debates this weekend, report the New York Times' Healy and Hicks. LINK

With bizarro world timing, the New York Times' Hakim decides it is time to tell the world that Sen. Clinton was not named for Sir Edmund Hillary, "the conqueror of Mt. Everest," which would have been very impressive given she was born in 1947 and Sir Edmund did not climb Everest until 1953. LINK

The New York Sun's Seth Gitell gives Team Kerry a nice clip with his review of Kerry's New Hampshire Democratic Party Jefferson-Jackson dinner speech. LINK

"He can now give a crisp, energetic, relatively brief speech. Well, sort of brief. It was more than 30 minutes. And there was at least one 'my friend,' that old phrase he ought to have removed from his lexicon . . ."

". . .Activists in the room were still undecided about which candidate to back in the 2008 cycle. Still, the sentiment was that his performance was impressive."

Scot Lehigh of the Boston Globe Notes in his op-ed column that Senator Kerry needs to decide between being president or being senator. LINK

Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) in New Hampshire tells the crowd to put more Democrats in office, reports the Union Leader. LINK

2008: Republicans:

The Washington Post's ed board excoriates Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) for "reaching for the smelling salts" and "blocking the nomination" of a federal judge on the basis that she once attended a commitment ceremony for a lesbian couple. LINK

Political potpourri:

US News & World Report's Paul Bedard reports that former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-TN) is already filling in for Paul Harvey on ABC Radio. LINK

Note that Thompson's wife is due to "deliver their second child, a son, any day now."

Another indication that My Sapce and You Tube political stories are sucking up the placeholder oxygen held by blog stories in the 2004 cycle, Judy Keen of USA Today with another look at politicians campaigning in the digital space. LINK

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