The Note: From the Omni Shoreham to the Pettus Bridge

Sen. Obama told Shipman, "I don't expect to get the African American vote simply because I'm African American. I think I've got to earn it."

"How the joint Clinton trip came about was a subject of some debate: The senator's advisers dismissed the suggestion that the former president is rushing in at the last minute to help his wife's standing among black voters. But they admitted that the decision was made yesterday, more than a week after Hillary Clinton made her plans to go to Selma," writes Anne Kornblut of the Washington Post. LINK

The New York Daily News casts Bill Clinton as Sen. Clinton's Obama-kryptonite while in Alabama this weekend. LINK

2008: Republicans: McCain:

ABC News' Jake Tapper provides the details of McCain's mistaken wording on Letterman by describing lost American lives in Iraq as "wasted" and Sen. Obama taking a far different approach to McCain's words than the DNC. LINK

Liz Sidoti of the Associated Press examines how Sen. McCain's "wasted" slip-up "underscores the scrutiny in store for him as he seeks the presidency." LINK

Washington Times: LINK

Chicago Sun Times: LINK

The New York Times: LINK

Jim Kuhnhenn of the Associated Press reports that the McCain half of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law may opt out of public financing for his presidential bid, save for a hypothetical fundraising truce between his and the Democratic nominee's campaigns. LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Wirey Mary Lu Carnevale writes up National Review's ideological ratings which suggest to some that perhaps conservatives shouldn't dismiss the Arizona Senator just yet.

Dan Norwicki reports on Sen. McCain's "big-money splash" for the Arizona Republic, as the Senator eschews today's CPAC conference and instead holds an "exchange of ideas" at the Phoenix Convention Center -- an "exchange" that will cost $1000 for reserved seating. LINK

2008: Republicans: Giuliani:

Chuck Raasch in USA Today examines the surge in support for Mayor Giuliani despite his dubious conservative credentials, positing that, "the search for a candidate identified with strong leadership qualities, as Giuliani has carried since 9/11, may be trumping some of the threshold requirements on abortion rights and other cultural issues that have marked GOP presidential primaries for over a quarter century." LINK

Bill Simon and Ted Olson of the Giuliani campaign both pushed back on Ben Smith's "Politico" story about the former mayor's judicial nominees calling it misleading. LINK

"The mayor does not have a free hand in judicial appointments in New York City. An independent panel gives the mayor a choice of three candidates for each open seat, and the mayor has to select from those three. Rudy did not choose the candidates; he had to select one of three locked-in choices," Simon spun.

Smith's conclusion suggests that he, at least, is not convinced.

The New York Daily News writes Giuliani will be in "hostile territory" for his LA fundraiser next week. The paper also reports that Adam Sandler will be the big name star in attendance, along with Dennis Miller, J. Peterman, and an Angel. LINK

2008: Republicans: Romney:

Gov. Romney seems to think all the scrutiny on him by Old Media outlets means he's the conservative candidate of choice. The Boston Globe's Scott Helman has the story which includes a scenario in which Romney is standing on tables and teaching parrots to say his name, as well as slicing fudge. LINK

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