The Note: Philly Stakes


Tell us this isn't made for cable: "At least some New York Democrats have reportedly been pitching the Executive Mansion as a kind of consolation prize for Mrs. Clinton -- a face-saving exit to the presidential primary that they believe she cannot win and that, they fear, is tearing the party apart," The New York Times' Nick Confessore writes. Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson doesn't leave wiggle room: "There are no circumstances under which Senator Clinton will run for governor."

It is not -- repeat, NOT -- all about him. "I think there is a big reason there's an age difference in a lot of these polls," former President Bill Clinton said Tuesday, per The Boston Globe's Scott Helman. "Because once you've reached a certain age, you won't sit there and listen to somebody tell you there's really no difference between what happened in the Bush years and the Clinton years; that there's not much difference in how small-town Pennsylvania fared when I was president and in this decade."

Obama addresses concerns of Jewish voters, in an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "There has been a really systematic effort to suggest that I'm not sufficiently pro-Israel,'' he said. "The fact that my middle name is Hussein, I'm sure, does not help in that regard. . . . Again some of this dates back to the '60s between the African-American and the Jewish community as a consequence of [Louis] Farrakhan. There was flap about some of Jesse Jackson's statements during his presidential race, so I inherit all this baggage."

And: "The fact is though that nobody's has been a more stalwart ally of Israel."

(Watch those superlatives, senator. Flashback to March 12, 2007, in an interview with the Des Moines Register: "Nobody is suffering more than the Palestinian people.")

How does this play in the primary? "A senior McCain adviser vowed Tuesday to keep Barack Obama's controversial depiction of small-town Americans alive through November," ABC's Teddy Davis reports.

Said McCain adviser Steve Schmidt: "This is an important and defining moment in the race because it opened up a window into how Barack Obama feels about the people in this country and it will be an issue that continues to be spoken about, certainly by the McCain campaign, for the duration of Sen. Obama's candidacy."

The RNC is filling out its hypocrisy arsenal against Obama. USA Today's Dilanian takes on Obama's ad claim that he doesn't "take money from oil companies"; no candidates do, since corporate contributions are illegal, and he does take money from employees of oil companies.

"The episode underscores the pitfalls confronting a candidate who rails against special interests while raising $193 million and counting -- the most of any presidential campaign," Dilanian writes. "Obama's fundraising tests the limits of his claim that he is independent of Washington's influence industry because he doesn't take money from federal lobbyists and PACs."

More from Dilanian's report: "Obama accepts money from spouses of federal lobbyists. . . . Obama accepts contributions and fundraising help from state lobbyists. . . . Obama is raising more than his opponents from executives of some of the corporate interests he criticizes."

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