The Note: Philadelphia Freedom


More thoughts from Mrs. Edwards: "Whenever there's a primary, John will call and congratulate whoever's won the latest primary on their performance — and speak to the other candidate. But [what] we have to offer is not so much an endorsement as a perspective on what we found as we crossed the country, on what is the bigger issue and the solutions that seem most realistic."

And more (sort of) encouragement for Camp Clinton: "I don't actually think it's a bad idea to have an open convention, where we actually got to hash out what the differences [between the candidates] were and how important they are," Edwards said.

This morning's nomination for new Obama campaign slogan -- as overheard at a Michelle Obama rally at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh: "Get me more white people, we need more white people," one event organizer said, per the school newspaper, The Tartan. To an Asian girl sitting in the back row, one coordinator said, "We're moving you, sorry. It's going to look so pretty, though."

The new round of campaign ads have a family touch -- and bonus points if you can figure out what Obama's grandmother (back from under that bus he threw her under last month) is talking about.

A new chapter in the McCain-Obama feuds: "Senator John D. Rockefeller IV personally apologized to Senator John McCain of Arizona on Tuesday after remarking in an interview that Mr. McCain's years as a Navy fighter pilot would not have given him an understanding of everyday issues faced by Americans," The New York Times' Kate Phillips writes.

"On Tuesday, the McCain campaign demanded an apology, not just from Senator Rockefeller, but also from Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, because he has received the West Virginian's endorsement."

DNC Chairman Howard Dean dials up the anti-McCain rhetoric in a Wednesday morning speech before the Communications Workers of America. "John McCain is no maverick," he planned to say, per the DNC. "Yesterday he once again got the basic facts in Iraq on the ground wrong. What that tells the American people is that he will continue the open-ended commitment to fighting President Bush's war in Iraq. Senator McCain has made it clear he's willing to keep our troops in Iraq for 100 years." (There's that line again.)

Response from RNC Chairman Mike Duncan: "Rather than debate the issues facing our nation, Howard Dean is making it clear that he intends to make the Democrats' campaign about character attacks and personal insults."

The AP's Tom Davies looks at the "other woman" who is popping up (in a sense) wherever Chelsea Clinton campaigns these days. "At least three times in the past two weeks, the former and possible future first daughter has been asked about the Monica Lewinsky scandal's influence on the presidential campaign of her mother," Davies writes.

Her answers include: "I do not think that is any of your business." "I think that is something that is personal to my family, I'm sure there are things that are personal to your family that you don't think are anyone else's business, either." And: "If that's what you want to vote on, that's what you should vote on."

Alan Greenspan (freed of official responsibility) speaks the R-word: "Consumers are beginning to shrink in, the automobile markets are beginning to contract, production is beginning to ease, and we are in the throes of recession," he tells CNBC.

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