The Note: Mountain Hazard

"Ultimately, McCain is relying on the same strategy to achieve success both in Iraq and in the November election," Bai writes. "In each endeavor, McCain is staking everything on the notion that the public, having seen the success of a new military strategy, can be convinced that the war is, in fact, winnable and worth the continued sacrifice. Absent that national retrenching, McCain admits that this war, like the one in Vietnam, is probably doomed."

President Bush goes into detail on his war-time sacrifices, in an interview with Politico's Mike Allen that seems destined for a MoveOn.org spot (and Michael Moore's got some old footage): "I don't want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf," the president said. "I feel I owe it to the families to be in solidarity as best as I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal."

This on his decision to withdraw from Kyoto: "I don't think you want your president trying to be the cool guy and not end up with policies that actually make a difference." (Cool?)

The Kicker:

"Where -- where'd they go, the people with my money?" -- Hillary Clinton, scrambling to pay for the scoop of espresso Oreo and scoop of butter pecan she ordered at Ellen's Homemade Ice Cream, per The Washington Post's Dana Milbank (who calls Clinton the "ex-candidate").

"Dana Carvey." -- President Bush, asked which is better: Will Ferrell's impression of him, or Carvey's impression of his father.

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