The Note: Looking Down at the Shoes of Life

Mike Allen of Politico writes up Harold Ford's Christian Science Monitor breakfast appearance and the former Congressman's continued refusal to cede moral or religious ground to the GOP. LINK

SOTU: editorials and op-eds:

"As I read the president's remarks, listened to the tepid public reaction and looked at his latest polls, which show Mr. Bush to be wildly unpopular, it seemed to me that the American people basically fired George Bush in the last election. We're now just watching him clean out his desk. Both his energy proposals and his recent Iraq surge were about the best he could muster, given his pink slip," writes Thomas Friedman in his New York Times column. LINK

Political potpourri:

Is Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) the anti-hypocrisy Senator? The New York Times' Kirkpatrick takes a look at the provision Inhofe added into the recently passed ethics reform bill requiring each Senator who votes against a pay increase for Senators to not get the increase despite the likely result that the Senate will collectively vote to pass the increase. Beware the conference report. LINK

In memoriam:

The AP reports Eleanor McGovern, the wife of former Sen. George McGovern, died Thursday, at 85 of unknown causes, but had battled heart problems for five years and underwent bypass surgery last year. LINK

More schedule items:

Today, Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) and retired Gen. Wesley Clark attend the Douglas County Democratic Central Committee's 3rd Annual "Turn Nevada Blue Dinner" on at 4:00 pm ET at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden, NV.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) speaks at a forum sponsored by local organizations at 4:00 pm ET at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in San Francisco. On Sunday, Rep. Kucinich will be in Culver City, CA to unveil a new national health insurance plan, and at 1:00 pm ET he attends another forum hosted by the Whittier Area Peace and Justice Coalition at the St. Matthias Episcopal Church in Whittier, CA.

First Lady Laura Bush Speaks at the launch of the Hugh Sidey Scholarship for Print Journalism at 2:30 pm ET in the East Room.

On Saturday, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-NY) makes his first trip to New Hampshire since forming his presidential exploratory committee. He attends a Chamber of Commerce event this evening in Bretton Woods, NH, and addresses the New Hampshire GOP convention on at 10:00 am ET in Manchester, NH.

Former Sen. John Edwards' (D-NC) One Corps proclaims Saturday its National Day of Action.

Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) and retired Gen. Wesley Clark attend the Douglas County Democratic Central Committee's 3rd Annual "Turn Nevada Blue Dinner" on at 4:00 pm ET at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden, Nevada.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) speaks at a forum sponsored by local organizations at 4:00 pm ET at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in San Francisco. On Sunday, Rep. Kucinich will be in Culver City, CA to unveil a new national health insurance plan, and at 1:00 pm ET he attends another forum hosted by the Whittier Area Peace and Justice Coalition at the St. Matthias Episcopal Church in Whittier, CA.

On Sunday, former Gov. Tommy Thompson (R-WI) heads to Iowa this weekend arriving at Carver Hawkeye Arena at 12:30 pm ET Iowa City, IA. The former governor attends a Big Ten Basketball match up between Wisconsin and Iowa at 12:00 pm ET. In the afternoon, Thompson interviews with the Iowa City Press Citizen, places calls with supporters at 4:30 pm ET and attends a Johnson County Meet & Greet at Wig & Pen Pizza Pub at 5:30 pm ET.

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