SNEAK PEEK: The Madness of March

Rank the following in order of most likely to happen to least likely to happen:

1. North Carolina is upset by Mount St. Mary's

2. Michigan holds a do-over primary

3. Barack Obama goes against his right hand man Reggie Love in his NCAA bracket and picks West Virginia over Duke this weekend at the Verizon Center.

4. Reverend Wright headlines a National Prayer Breakfast in the Obama Administration

5. Jon Wallace/Roy Hibbert – Dream Ticket 2028

6. Dozens of smoking gun headlines in the 11,000 pages released from the Clinton Library today

7. The Clinton campaign argues for the Michigan and Florida basketball teams to be allowed into the NCAA Tournament so their fans aren't disenfranchised

8. John McCain admits he's never quite figured out that Sunni/Shia thing

9. President Clinton decides to become an uncommitted superdelegate, just for the media attention

10. A perfect bracket on

Hillary Clinton traveled to Michigan today to make an in-person challenge to Barack Obama to accept draft legislation for a do-over primary there.

The possibility of that mulligan Michigan primary is looking unlikely and follows the fate of Florida. The Obama campaign has raised its concerns but has not yet declared its opposition to the new primary. But logistics, procedural challenges and the Obama campaign's running out the clock all point to no do-over.

ABC News' Eloise Harper reports that Clinton announced that she has accepted the primary proposal and said, "I call on Senator Obama to do the same. This is a crucial test, does he mean what he says or not? And I am pleased and grateful that on this issue the people of Michigan have had such outstanding advocates in their democratic leaders."

Clinton said not counting the votes from voters in Michigan and Florida "is wrong and, frankly, it is un-American." Clinton added, "I am here for one simple reason: to make sure Michigan's votes are counted."

ABC News' Teddy Davis reports that even though prospects for a re-vote in Michigan are bleak, the Michigan Gang of Four issued a statement indicating that it has not yet given up on its push for a new vote.

From Sen. Carl Levin, Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, UAW President Ron Gettelfinger and DNC Member Debbie Dingell:

"We believe that the best hope of achieving this objective is the passage of the bill before the State Legislature creating a state-run primary in early June, which would not use any state funding. The Democratic National Committee has indicated that this legislation would meet their requirements for the seating of Michigan's delegates. We also believe that passage of this legislation is important to carrying Michigan for our Democratic Party nominee in November."

"We urge the State Legislature to act on this bill."

To illustrate how critical Michigan and Florida are for the Clinton campaign, look at the popular vote when it includes the two states:

Obama: 13,858,246
Clinton: 13,755,568

For a difference of 102,678 votes.

Now take out Michigan and Florida. . .

Obama: 13,289,205
Clinton: 12,570,209

Obama's lead swells to 718,996 votes. (And don't forget his 167 delegate lead in the pledged delegate count and his 29-15 record in Democratic contests so far.)

If Florida's delegates counted, Clinton would pick up a net gain of 39 delegates over Obama. In Michigan her net gain would be 70 delegates. This would not put her ahead in the delegate count but it would close the gap and lend more oomph to her campaign's argument about winning states that will be key in the November general election.

ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports that Thursday Obama will deliver a speech on Iraq and the economy, noting how the five years and billions of dollars spent there has been detrimental to the economy at home, Miller reports. Expect an expansion of his stump speech, where he regularly says that the money spent in Iraq could be spent on roads, bridges and schools instead.

Miller also reports that Obama got into March Madness today with a game of basketball in Pinehurst, N.C. with soldiers from Ft. Bragg. (When will we finally get to see the Illinois senator's fadeaway jumper and crossover dribble?) On the campaign plane today, Obama filled out his brackets for the friendly competition among staffers, organized by body man (and former Blue Devil basketball player) Reggie Love.

Miller also reports that Obama will be a guest on ABC's "The View" on Friday, March 28th, in his only morning talk show appearance next week.

This is the Senator's second appearance on the show but the debut as a presidential candidate, first appearing on the show in November 2004 to promote his book "Dreams of My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance."

More from Miller: "Obama was previously scheduled to be a guest in September, but had to a cancel to attend to his day job when last minute votes were called in the Senate. His wife, Michelle Obama also canceled her appearance as co-host in December when she refused to cross picket lines while the WGA strike was still ongoing."

On the campaign trail. . .


-- 11:00 am ET: Delivers address on Iraq and the economy, Charleston, WV

-- 4:00 pm ET: Attends town hall meeting with voters, Beckley, WV


-- 10:30 am ET: Attends event with Senator Evan Bayh, Terre Haute, IN

-- 3:45 am ET: Attends town hall meeting with voters, Anderson, IN

-- 8:00 pm ET: Attends rally with voters, Evansville, IN

As for the Republicans. . .


-- No public events scheduled

At the White House. . .


-- 1:55 pm ET: Meets with the Prime Ministers of the Bahamas, Barbados and Belize, Washington, DC


ABC News' Nitya Venkataraman and Jonann Brady Report: Cheney Cites 'Major Success' in Iraq, Says U.S. Has Hit 'Rough Patch' LINK

ABC News' Jake Tapper Reports: Clinton's 1993 NAFTA Meeting LINK

ABC News' Martha Raddatz Reports: "Nice to Meet You, Mr. Vice President" LINK

ABC News' Jennifer Parker Reports: Candidates Outline Iraq Plans on War Anniversary LINK

ABC News' Brian Ross Reports: Hillary Docs: Many Overseas Trips Just Standard First Lady Tourist Fare LINK

ABC News' Jake Tapper Reports: Family and Medical Leave Absence LINK

ABC News' Sunlen Miller Reports: Obama's 'View' LINK

ABC News' Jake Tapper Reports: Republicans Drool Over Wright LINK

ABC News' Brian Ross Reports: Hillary Was in White House on 'Stained Blue Dress' Day LINK

ABC News' Jake Tapper Reports: Obama on Ferraro LINK

ABC News' Eric Johnson Reports: Obama on Reverend, Race and When He Was Ashamed for His Own Community LINK

ABC News' Jake Tapper Reports: Colbert Presses Power on What Kind of "Monster" Clinton Is LINK

ABC News' Jake Tapper Reports: Girl Gone Wild LINK

ABC News' Eloise Harper Reports: Clinton Issues Challenge to Obama in Michigan LINK

ABC News' Sarah Amos Reports: Clinton Surrogate Calls Obama a "Kid" LINK

ABC News' Kate Snow Reports: Clinton Pollster Argues Buyers Remorse Setting In LINK


Cheney Says "So?" to Iraq Polls'08 candidates weight in on the next step in Iraq. LINK

Clinton Challenges Obama to Support MI Re-Vote
At a rally in Michigan, Clinton urges Obama to match his "words with actions." LINK

Obama Assails Rivals on Iraq
Obama knocks '08 opponents and proposes more "integrated" approach to war plan. LINK

Fight! 'The View' Gets Hot About Race
Hasselbeck rips Obama for not separating himself from his spiritual adviser. LINK

Conversations About Race
Peggy Noonan and Juan Williams disagree on Sen. Barack Obama's speech. LINK

Bush Address on Iraq War Anniversary
President on 5 Year War Mark: 'This is a fight that American can and must win." LINK

Bush: Arabs Join with US to Fight Al Qaeda
President Bush says surge opened door for "strategic victory" in Iraq. LINK

The Bottom Line on Obama's Speech
George Stephanopoulos analyzes the Illinois senator's political damage control. LINK

Obama's Moment
Barack Obama gives the defining speech of his political life. LINK

Cheney on Iraq: 'Major Success'
The vice president addresses questions on Iraq and the U.S. economy. LINK

Obama Takes on the Racial Divide The Illinois senator does not consider his speech a "make or break" moment. LINK

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