President Bush delivers remarks Wednesday morning at the Pentagon to celebrate recent successes in Iraq. "The surge has done more than turn the situation in Iraq around -- it has opened the door to a major strategic victory in the broader war on terror," he plans to say, per excerpts released by the White House.
It's a big day for anti-war demonstrations in Washington.
Say this about the president: He can still raise money. "For a president whose approval rating hovers around 30% and shows no sign of budging, traversing the country with his hand out may be the biggest contribution he can make to his party and its candidates," James Gerstenzang writes in the Los Angeles Times. "In 11 weeks, Bush has spoken at 11 Republican fundraising events, which have brought in at least $27 million -- a pace of $346,000 per day including Tuesday's two events."
Surprise: Florida Democrats want their votes to count. "According to a new St. Petersburg Times/Bay News 9 statewide poll, the Democratic presidential contenders' boycott of Florida had little effect on Democratic voters' choices here, and an overwhelming plurality want the officially meaningless Jan. 29 results to count," Adam C. Smith writes in the St. Petersburg Times. "Also, one in four might not vote for the party's nominee if Florida winds up with no say in the Democratic nomination."
If, somehow, there is another vote: "Obama has gained strength in Florida since the January vote, with Clinton's lead down to 9 points, 46 percent to 37 percent."
Gov. Philip Bredesen, D-Tenn., has a proposal to end the party's nominating angst: a "superdelegate primary." "In early June, after the final primaries, the Democratic National Committee should call together our superdelegates in a public caucus," writes Bredesen, an uncommitted superdelegate, in a New York Times op-ed. "In addition to the practical political benefits, such a plan is also a chance to show America that we are a modern political party focused on results."
Former Mondale campaign manager Bob Beckel has a similar suggestion: "They should stop worrying, make a decision on June 4th, and go enjoy their summer," Beckel writes in a Real Clear Politics column. "Superdelegates will have all the information they need (and none of the excuses they've been hiding behind) to declare support for one of the candidates by June 4th. If voting trends continue as they have, there is no other choice but Barack Obama."
Markos Moulitsas weighs in on Clinton's problems with superdelegates: "There are veterans of the 90s who watched the Clintons neglect their party. But there's also the new generation of super delegates who are champions of the 50-state strategy that Clinton and her campaign have so mercilessly mocked in deed this year," he writes. "It is yet another structural disadvantage for a Clinton campaign that has managed to alienate more than inspire this campaign season."
Former Iowa Democratic Party spokeswoman Carrie Giddins wants rules to matter: "Now the Michigan Democratic Party is trying to convince the committee that they should have the opportunity to recast their primary votes, while Florida has thrown its hands in the air and is blaming the committee for the self-inflicted situation it finds itself in -- having no convention delegates. Well, all I have to say is, grow up," Giddins writes in a Times op-ed.