A chink in the Jindal armor? "The reformist image of Gov. Bobby Jindal, considered by Republicans a top potential vice-presidential choice, has recently taken a beating after Mr. Jindal refused to veto a sizable pay increase that Louisiana legislators voted for themselves this month," Adam Nossiter writes in The New York Times. "During his election campaign, he vowed to prohibit legislative pay raises."
Does McCain want what he can't have? Time's Joe Klein: "The word in Republican circles is that John McCain is quite frustrated by the vice presidential selection process because he can't go with any of his top three choices."
"They are: 1. Former Governor Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania -- McCain loves the guy, I'm told, and Ridge might bring Pa. into the Republican fold . . . but he's pro-choice. Fuggedaboutit. 2. Former Governor Jeb Bush of Florida -- Ahhh, Florida. But, oy, that last name. 3. Senator Mel Martinez of Florida -- Ahh, Florida. . . and brings Latinos, too! But born in Cuba, so ineligible for the office."
Former senator John Edwards, D-N.C., talked up Obama at the ACORN conference in Detroit. Per the Detroit News' Leonard N. Fleming: "Edwards said Republican candidate John McCain will build a wall around progress to low-income people, but promised Obama 'will tear it down' as president."
Think this is fun for the prospects? "If God had shown me a video of the next five months of my life, I might've said, 'Do me a favor, give it to Dianne [Feinstein],'" Geraldine Ferraro recalls of her 1984 vice-presidential run, in an interview with Bloomberg's Indira A.R. Lakshmanan.
Do labor troubles await Obama in Denver? "The potential for labor strife at Denver's convention has been in the air since the Democratic National Committee selected it as the host site for the convention," Seth Gitell writes for the New York Sun. "Although convention organizers have worked through the problem of the DNC's venue not being unionized -- the Pepsi Center will use union workers for the event -- . . . major problems loom."
"You're allowed to laugh at him." -- Jon Stewart, poking fun at Barack Obama on "Comedy Central," to the not-quite-delight of his audience.
"To all the not so kind words . . . I love you too. . . . It makes me push myself and want it even more. Hard times don't last . . . only strong people." -- Ashley Dupre, breaking her post-Spitzer silence on her MySpace page.
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