The Note: 'Still Standing'


Maybe this headache hasn't been cured for the Obama campaign: "Linda Ramirez-Sliwinski, the Barack Obama delegate who got in trouble for calling her neighbor's kids 'monkeys,' still plans to go to the Democratic National Convention in Denver this summer to cast her vote for Obama," Abdon M. Pallasch writes in the Chicago Sun-Times. "The Carpentersville village trustee reportedly had agreed to step aside Monday night to spare the campaign any bad press."

Condoleezza Rice speaks to More magazine. On Obama: "He's really a very appealing and interesting person. And very smart. I'm happy I can say that I really think at this point in our country's history, this [election] will come down to whether people think Senator Obama represents their views and their interests and holds their values [rather than focusing on his race]."

On running for office: "That's really hard for me to imagine. I have been around politics now a lot. I have to say I'm really enjoying not being a part of a campaign in 2008. . . . I've said all along what I'm going to do. You can all come and visit me in California [at Stanford University]."

In a matchup of two "media darlings," who has the edge? That's the question posed by GOP strategist Todd Domke: "Torn between two lovers, who will the media favor?" Domke writes in his Boston Globe column. Domke very scientifically gives Obama a 59-41 bias edge -- "that's good for a Republican."

Jennifer Rubin of the American Spectator covers the media blowback against the ways Obama has misconstrued McCain's "100 years" remark. "He has doubled down again and again to repeat his lie. What this tells us is the candidate who is all about 'change' is more likely a sly huckster who believes he can con the public and the media alike," Rubin writes. "If he persists after being revealed as lying, it must be, reasonable people might conclude, because he thinks he can get away with it."

Not the friends Obama needs: Obama has "left some Palestinian American leaders believing that Obama is more receptive to their viewpoint than he is willing to say," Peter Wallsten writes in the Los Angeles Times. "Their belief is not drawn from Obama's speeches or campaign literature, but from comments that some say Obama made in private and from his association with the Palestinian American community in his hometown of Chicago, including his presence at events where anger at Israeli and U.S. Middle East policy was freely expressed."

(Don't worry, says Obama: "Nobody has spoken out more fiercely on the issue of anti- Semitism than I have," he said Wednesday night. Writes ABC's Jake Tapper: "Really? No one? Elie Wiesel? Simon Wiesenthal? Alan Dershowitz? No one? Wow.")

Not the enemies Obama needs: When the publisher of the Philadelphia Gay News left a half-page blank to protest the fact that Obama wouldn't grant an interview, "It was an attention-grabbing move that positioned a floodlight on gripes that had been festering for months in the gay press: Obama won't make time for local gay publications," Politico's Carrie Budoff Brown reports.

The AP's Walter Mears on the battles over campaign surrogates: "Richard Nixon would have been proud. The campaign surrogate system his people set up 40 years ago has evolved into a factory for political hatchet work, name-calling that marks -- and mars -- this year's contest for the Democratic presidential nomination."

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