What issue keeps all 2008 presidential candidates and congressional do-gooders from getting the press and public to focus on anything else?
The key stories to watch today and tomorrow are the Iraq vote totals in the House and Senate.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer's (D-MD) office advises that the Democratic leadership is aiming for a vote "around 4ish this afternoon." The House is voting on a resolution that disapproves of the President's plan to increase troop levels in Iraq, while stating support for the troops.
How many Republican defections will there be, and will the broadcast network anchors in the evening describe the vote as a "bipartisan rebuke of the President's policy"? As Gene Randall would say, only time will tell.
On the other side of bicamerality, in a move that has wreaked havoc for '08ers currently serving in the upper chamber, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced Thursday that the Senate will meet Saturday to take up the procedural cloture vote on the House's Iraq anti-surge resolution. (See our "weekend warrior" section for a full rundown on the '08 fallout of the Saturday vote).
As for the rest of Friday's events, President Bush has a 10:00 am ET meeting with Panamanian President Martin Torrijos in the Oval Office, and holds a 1:05 pm ET meeting with the incoming Commander of United States Central Command, Admiral William Fallon.
Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) travels to the Sunshine State where he delivers 7:00 pm ET remarks at the Lake Miona Regional Recreation Center in The Villages, FL.
On Sunday morning, be sure to tune into "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" for an on-the-trail interview with Gov. Romney and his wife, Ann. It will be Romney's first post-announcement Sunday morning interview.
Sen. Obama attends a 4:30 pm ET rally at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, SC.
Sen. McCain starts Friday in Ohio, then heads to Chicago where he delivers the keynote address to the Union League Club of Chicago's 120th George Washington's Birthday Gala. There will be a press availability beforehand at 6:30 ET.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani attends a fundraiser hosted by former Virginia Attorney General Jerry Kilgore at the Omni Hotel in Richmond, VA.
Sen. Dodd attends the 8:00 am ET "Politics and Eggs" breakfast in Bedford, NH, and participates in a 1:30 pm ET roundtable discussion at the public library in Keene, NH.
Sen. Biden holds a 4:30 pm ET town hall discussion on national security at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, IA, and delivers an 8:00 pm ET keynote address at the Story County Democrats Soup Supper at the Collegiate United Methodist Church in Ames, IA.
Fresh from an unquestionably strong appearance on NBC's "Tonight Show with Jay Leno," Vilsack is in Los Angeles today where he is shaking the money tree and meeting with other people interested in his campaign.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), author of "Positively American," and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA), author of "Winning the Future," participate in a 10:00 am ET debate at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.