The Note: Topsy Turvy

Smith follows up on the New York Post's reporting from yesterday about Rev. Sharpton's planned meetings with Sens. Clinton and Obama this week and adds that Sharpton plans to meet with Sen. Dodd too. (Incidentally, Sharpton was at the McAuliffe book party last night hanging out with all the Clintonites).

(And don't miss the crafty lede likely to put the discussion of whether or not the Clinton's politically calculate their vacation destination decisions back in the ether.)

Roger Simon scores a McCain interview for his Politico debut in which McCain says President Bush was "very badly served" by Vice President Cheney with regard to Iraq. McCain -- who supports the President's surge and believes it should be given time to work -- also begins discussing possible options in Iraq should the President's plan fail. LINK

"One of those options, McCain said 'is to withdraw to the borders (of Iraq) to try to keep other countries from interfering. Maintaining our bases in Kuwait and other places. There are a lot of scenarios,'" writes Simon.

". . .the presentation was almost as visually flattering as Saturday's announcement video. The Senator was nearly as smooth as if she were scripted," writes Mike Allen in his story on Sen. Clinton's first of three consecutive web chats this week. LINK

Jonthan Martin reports that in the battle for Michigan supporters, former Senate candidate Rev. Keith Butler (R-MI) plans to endorse Sen. McCain. LINK

Gov. Rendell (D-PA) spent much of the weekend avoiding calls from Clinton loyalist and DNC member Harold Ickes, reports Martin. LINK

Ben Smith offers up a photo of a concerned looking Jay Carson as he watches a Bill Clinton/Bill O'Reilly conversation take place at the McAuliffe book party. LINK

The photo of that conversation goes nicely with Smith's continued reporting on the Murdoch/Clinton relationship with a blog posting about Murdoch's daughter-in-law working for the Clinton foundation. LINK

Josephine Hearn reports more on the fact that freshman Rep. Stephen Cohen (D-TN) -- a white congressman who represents a majority black district -- is not going to join the Congressional Black Caucus. LINK


Adam Nagourney of the New York Times looks at all the different stages on which the 2008 presidential drama will likely unfold this week. LINK

The New York Times' Broder writes up the hypothetical November 2008 match-ups from the Newsweek poll out this weekend, with that Johnny R. Edwards margin-of-error lift. LINK

"The public financing system for presidential campaigns, a post-Watergate initiative hailed for decades as the best way to rid politics of the corrupting influence of money, may have quietly died over the weekend," writes David Kirkpatrick of the New York Times keying off of Sen. Clinton's decision to not participate in the public financing system for either the nomination fight or the general election. LINK

Under the headline, "Clinton Bid Heralds Demise of Public Financing," the Washington Post Balz and Most describe the likely demised of the public financing system in 2008. LINK

2008: Republicans:

The Washington Post's Dana Milbank compares Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and Sen. Sam Brownback's (R-KS) appearance at the Family Research Council's "Blog for Life," concluding that Brownback is in his element among social conservatives, and that he's not "zany" for thinking he can ride Christian conservative support all the way to the GOP nomination.LINK

2008: Republicans: Romney:

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