The Note: Kitchen's Sink


Lucky for Obama, one of those Pennsylvania voters who was so offended by Obama's "bitter" remarks in the Clinton commercial is actually a registered New Jersey voter who's already cast his ballot, the Chicago Tribune's Josh Drobnyk. Says Scranton-born Clyde Thomas: "I see Pennsylvanians for what they are. I grew up with the values of Pennsylvanians."

Obama can afford plenty of arugula these days: Running for president is quite good for books sales, it turns out. "Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, reported income of $4.2 million last year, including $3.9 million from book royalties," Nick Timiraos and T.W. Farnam write in The Wall Street Journal.

"That puts the Democratic presidential candidate among the highest-income earners in the country, and represents a big jump from the nearly $1 million that the Illinois senator made in 2006. . . . The release of the returns comes as Sen. Obama tries to contain a controversy over remarks he made about small-town America that rivals said show he is an out-of-touch elitist."

Obama also spent time Wednesday morning working on his relationship with the Jewish community. "In a meeting at Rodeph Shalom synagogue on North Broad Street, the Democratic candidate said his links to the Jewish community predated his entry into politics and would extend beyond this campaign," per the Philadelphia Inquirer's Larry Eichel.

Sen. Clinton is sure Obama can win, but her brother -- maybe not so much. "At the beginning of this campaign she was judged the most competent and experienced," Hugh Rodham said Wednesday on the trail in Pennsylvania, per Paul Peirce of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "What do we want to elect [now] . . . the most incompetent and inexperienced?"

Here's a fun one: 75-year-old Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., says Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is too old to be president. "It's no old man's job," Murtha said, per ABC's Eloise Harper. (Fortunately, you're never too old to hand out earmarks to defense contractors.)

Greg Sargent of Talking Points Memo has a detail you'll hear about again: "In most of Pennsylvania's markets, the only TV ad Hillary is running right now is a negative one -- the spot hitting Obama over his 'small town' comments, a political ad buyer who tracks buys in Pennsylvania tells me."

All three presidential candidates meet with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown Thursday morning in Washington, and Obama campaigns in North Carolina (with his new superdelegates) while Clinton returns to Philadelphia.

Clinton follows Michelle Obama onto "The Colbert Report" Thursday night.

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

Also in the news:

Maybe Bill Clinton will be a net-plus in Pennsylvania -- he's working rural areas hard. "While the campaign has employed the strategy for months -- partially to wring out from every state as many delegates as possible -- it may be paying new dividends in Pennsylvania, thanks to Sen. Barack Obama's comments last week that some small-town residents were 'bitter' and therefore 'cling' to religion and guns while voting against their own interests," Timothy McNulty writes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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