The Note: April Foolishness

Maybe Obama's watching the trends, with Republican pockets of the state gaining more Democratic voters. "In traditionally Republican Cumberland County, the Democrats saw a 15.9 percent increase in new registrations, closely followed by Chester County, in suburban Philadelphia, with a 15.6 percent increase in newly registered Democrats," Mackenzie Carpenter writes for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

And three weeks out, he's playing the expectations game early and often. "What kind of margin must Hillary Clinton win by to make a strong argument to superdelegates that she is the more electable candidate in the general election?" the Morning Call's Josh Drobnyk writes. "Double digits, at least."

While McCain visits his old high school, the Democrats hit Pennsylvania on Tuesday (and practically cross paths in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area), while President Clinton hits Montana.

Get all the candidates' schedules in The Note's "Sneak Peek."

Also in the news:

Dueling party messaging through the magic of Web videos this Tuesday.

From the RNC -- it's a new "Super-Delegate" Web site -- complete with a flying donkey ready to take votes away from the people.

And the DNC offers some "great moments in presidential speeches" -- heavy on President Bush and John McCain sounding alike.

A glimpse of why the Bosnia flap matters: "Sen. Hillary Clinton not only lags Sen. Barack Obama in the race for delegates, she also is losing ground in her effort to convince voters that she is trustworthy," Amy Chozick writes in The Wall Street Journal. "The New York senator suffered a setback last week when she admitted to overstating the danger she had faced on a 1996 trip to Bosnia as first lady."

Said Democratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf: "The problem is not that she exaggerated her record; the problem is she exaggerated her record and she's Hillary Clinton."

A new Michigan proposal, from Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich. (and uncommitted in the race). "Stupak suggested awarding the 83 pledged delegates from the state to be decided upon at congressional district conventions next month based on the results of the disallowed primary election -- with 47 going to Hillary Clinton and 36 who voted "uncommitted" going to Barack Obama," per the Detroit Free Press' Todd Spangler.

Ask John Kerry how much fun it is to run for president while in the Senate. "With Congress returning today after a two-week break, leaders from both parties are preparing legislative agendas -- on issues including the economy, Iraq and immigration -- designed to present the three remaining White House candidates with dangerous political choices," Jonathan Weisman and Paul Kane write in The Washington Post.

"The obstacle course begins immediately, with a Democratic-sponsored Senate vote today on legislation to ease the mortgage crisis. Next week, Iraq will dominate, when Gen. David H. Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker testify before two committees on which Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.) serve."

The candidates won't want to miss that day on the Hill. Clinton, Obama, and McCain "will drop off the campaign trail on Tuesday, April 8, to return to the Capitol for hearings on the Iraq surge featuring Gen. David Petraeus and Amb. Ryan C. Crocker," Lynn Sweet reports in the Chicago Sun-Times.

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