The Note: Bush Politics Versus Clinton Politics

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18

Why do conservatives think the Old Media is biased against them? Let's see: Could it be the New York Times' poll suggesting GOP doom in Ohio? LINK

Or the Washington Post measuring new drapes for Nancy Pelosi? LINK

Or the Los Angeles Times casually outing senior Republican aides as gay? LINK

Or the obsession with Obama for President? LINK

Or the man Speaker Hastert terms an adviser to Bill Clinton, "Richard" Morris, declaring the House and Senate are going Democratic? LINK

But it is more likely because of the press' steady drumbeat on the Democrats-are-going-to-win-and-the-Iraq-war-is-going-badly-and-North-Korea-is-a-big-problem-and-House-leaders-knew-more-about-Foley-than-they-claim that is defining the meta-narrative for the midterms in the Old Media.

Or maybe it is because of the chips that Democratic-friendly media types have planted into the brains of all the Republican strategists who are spouting downbeat background quotes as fast as any of us can type them up?

Befitting the generation-long cycle of Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton politics that has defined American life, ED-Minus 20 brings us another marquee 43-42 matchup:

The big event in the President's day is, of course, his sit-down interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos. Iraq, North Korea, Iran, the midterm election are all on the table. Be sure to tune into "World News with Charles Gibson" tonight and "Good Morning America" tomorrow. And then you will not want to miss additional excerpts on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" on Sunday.

And the other big event occurs when former President Bill Clinton speaks at a Center for American Progress conference at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. The chatfest -- which also features Queen Noor of Jordan and Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL) -- was scheduled to begin this morning at 8:15 am ET, with the former President taking to the podium a few minutes before 10:30 am ET.

Per a Clinton intimate: "Marking the 15th anniversary of his New Covenant speech, President Clinton will deliver a major address that will define the progressive governing philosophy that he employed with great success as president and during which America enjoyed unprecedented peace and prosperity in contrast to the extremist policies of the right-wing Republicans who have controlled Washington with such disastrous results. And he will talk about how we as a country get back to a time where our leaders govern based on reason and evidence -- not ideology and attack."

Note predictions: Clinton might not start on time, and he might not take Bush to the woodshed. But the latter is more likely than the former.

(President Bush also discusses No Child Left Behind at Waldo Falkener Elementary School at 2:00 pm ET and attends a private RNC dinner at 5:30 pm ET in Greensboro, NC. The RNC expects 620 attendees and roughly $900,000 will be added to its coffers.)

Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-LA) testifies before the House Ethics Committee in Washington, DC. Tomorrow, House Clerk Jeff Trandahl and House Majority Leader John Boehner are expected to testify.

Be sure to check out the rest of the day's political events below.

2006: landscape:

In his latest must-read column for The Hill, Dick Morris takes to a recent Gallup poll to describe significant disaffection among the Republican base and paints a Republican apocalypse where they lose virtually every competitive race. LINK

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