The Note: Polls Versus Guts

Who's starring in their own buddy movie lately? The New York Daily News explores Sen. Lieberman and Mayor Bloomberg's blossoming friendship. LINK

2006: Senate: Vermont:

Raja Mishra of the Boston Globe Notes what could be a milestone, the first socialist elected to the U.S Senate. LINK

2006: Governor: Nevada:

A Republican gubernatorial candidate may be breathing a bit of a sigh of relief heading into the final campaign weekend. The Associated Press' "partial review of the [parking garage] tapes did not reveal the presence of either Gibbons, 61, or Mazzeo, 32, during the time frame in which she says he pushed her against a wall inside the garage and threatened her," writes Molly Ball of the Las Vegas Review Journal. LINK

Bill Clinton hit the stump for Nevada Democrats yesterday. The Las Vegas Review Journal's Harasim writes, "According to Clinton, there are many Nevadans who want to vote for Titus but are having a difficult time mustering the courage to make the leap from Republican to Democrat. He likened their fear to that of an individual who has just learned to swim but still finds it difficult to dive off a diving board." LINK

2006: Governor: Iowa:

Thomas Beaumont of the Des Moines Register reports on gubernatorial candidate Jim Nussle's hopes that an upcoming visit from President Bush will energize his GOP base, since "he's a proven vote-getter throughout Iowa and certainly particularly in northwest Iowa." Gov. Vilsack (D-IA) appears not to be worried about the two recent Bush visits to his state. LINK

Reid Forgrave of the Des Moines Register profiles the school years of gubernatorial candidates Chet Culver and Jim Nussle. LINK

2008: Republicans:

"John McCain appears to be as serious as ever about making nice with the conservative base. He's now starring in not one, but two ads backing Proposition 107, which would not only amend the state constitution to bar same-sex marriage of all kinds permanently, but also prohibiting cities, towns, and universities from providing benefits to unmarried domestic partners," reports Matt Corley at TPM Café. LINK

2008: Democrats:

The New York Times' Patrick Healy writes of Sen. Clinton's campaigning "dress rehearsal." Healy Notes that the Senator has been "wearing her personality on her sleeve more than she has in the past." LINK

Sen. Clinton tells Glenn Thrush of Newsday that she is a "Junk Food Jane." LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire reports: "One Hillary Clinton adviser says Obama's 2008 interest won't affect her possible candidacy, which remains likely."

The Washington Wire also reports that "fully 60% of voters have now heard of Illinois Sen. Obama, the Democrats' hot 2008 prospect. That's twice the proportion who knew of Bill Clinton a year before his 1992 candidacy. Among Democrats, Obama is rated favorably by 47% and unfavorably by just 5%."

The Chicago Tribune ed board says that potential future presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) "would be wise to explain fully and quickly" a real estate deal between the junior Senator from Illinois and Antoin Rezko, who pleaded not guilty to federal charges of corruption surrounding Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's administration. LINK

"Bayh rocks the house at Local 292," reads the Kokomo Tribune headline. LINK

The Clintons of Chappaqua:

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