The Note: Spending All the Time in the Vanity Factory

Walter Shapiro of Salon.com takes a look at potential presidential candidate Sen. Evan Bayh's push to turn three Republican House seats in the Hoosier State Democratic and Shapiro takes a mild swipe at each of the last two Democratic presidential nominees while doing it. LINK

"On the stump in Indiana, Bayh is friendly but not folksy, eagerly acknowledging half a dozen people in every audience (nods of recognition that may date from the reelection campaigns of his father, Sen. Birch Bayh) but never resorting to any of those heavy-handed ruralisms that were part of Al Gore's political repertoire. Bayh comes across in public like what he probably is in private -- a nice guy who has served two terms as governor and eight years in the U.S. Senate without letting his internal sense of self-importance swell to John Kerry-esque levels."

Ed Tibbets of the Quad City Times reports that Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) plans to campaign on Thursday in the Quad Cities for House candidate Bruce Braley (D-IA), who is running for an open seat in Iowa's first district. LINK

The Clintons of Chappaqua:

In an article headlined "Bill Clinton's Rare Jab at Pataki Gives Republicans a Rare Opening to Criticize the Clintons," the New York Times' Patrick Healy looks at the potential fall out from the former President's reference to his wife's office in New York as " 'a de facto governor's office' for upstate economic development." LINK

Other Tuesday schedule items:

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) attended a rally for GOP congressional candidate Chris Chocola in South Bend, IN at 8:15 am ET. McCain also attends a press availability with Republican Governor Mitch Daniels at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis at 1:15 pm ET and attends an event with Michigan GOP gubernatorial candidate Dick Devos at 4:00 pm ET.

Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) stumps for Gov. Jim Doyle (D-WI) at 9:00 am ET in Milwaukee, WI. Gov. Doyle is in a competitive race for re-election against Rep. Mark Green (R-WI).

Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) presents the fifth annual Manatt-Phelps Lecture in Political Science entitled "Rethinking America's Future Security" at Iowa state University at 8 pm ET in Ames, IA.

RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman attends a luncheon event with Rep. Mike Sodrel (R-IN) at the Sherman House Restaurant in Batesville, IN at 12:30 pm ET.

Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) fundraises for Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) at a luncheon event at 11:00 am ET in Seattle, WA.

DNC Chairman Howard Dean appears at a press conference for Vermont candidate for Lieutenant Governor Matt Dunne at 10:45 am in Burlington, VT.

Former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD) joins GenerationEngage for an iChat on technology and social change for the future at 5:45 pm ET at the Boys Club of New York, NY.

The Brookings Institution hosts a discussion on "Polarizing the House of Representatives: How Much Does Gerrymandering Matter?" at the Brookings Institute at 2:00 pm ET in Washington DC.

The Campaign Legal Center holds a news conference "on the role of gerrymandered congressional districts in the 2006 elections at 10:15 am ET at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

Celinda Lake, President of Lake Research Partners will hold a news conference call on college affordability at 2:00 pm ET.

The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Education Fund holds a news conference on the 2006 Latino vote at 9:30 am ET at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

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