The Note: Patriot Games

Obama has come out against the proposed California gay-marriage ban: "As the Democratic nominee for President, I am proud to join with and support the LGBT community in an effort to set our nation on a course that recognizes LGBT Americans with full equality under the law," he said in a statement, per

What do you think the No. 1 issue might be over the congressional recess? "The party campaign committees prepared to turn up the heat on vulnerable incumbents as they returned home by running attack ads that focused on pain at the pump," Lauren W. Whittington reports for Roll Call. "The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is set to run 60-second radio ads this week targeting 13 GOP lawmakers. The spots feature a President Bush impersonator leaving a telephone message for the Member being targeted. The faux Bush uses a different nickname for each lawmaker."

From the DCCC spot: "'Preciate you voting to keep giving billions in tax breaks to the big oil companies," fake Bush says to the members in the radio spots. "Sure, gasoline is over four bucks a gallon and the oil companies are making record profits, but what's good for Big Oil is good for America, right? I guess that's why they call us the Grand OIL Party. Heh, heh, heh."


The Los Angeles Times' Doyle McManus does the handicapping: "McCain is tempted to choose his friend Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, a Democrat-turned-independent who has campaigned for the presumed Republican nominee. But he's more likely to go with Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney or Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, actual Republicans, who would be more palatable to the party's conservative core."

"Obama is reported to be considering Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia and former Sen. Sam Nunn of Georgia, two Democrats with formidable national security credentials, but he's more likely to settle on Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware or Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana," McManus writes.

"Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, who battled Obama for the nomination, is not likely to be chosen, Democratic strategists have concluded -- if only because her husband, former President Clinton, has conspicuously failed to make peace with the man who defeated his wife."

Gov. Ed Rendell, D-Pa., isn't in the job market -- yet. "It's my intention to walk out the door of the [state] capital, the Lord willing, in January of 2011," Rendell said on Fox News Sunday. "And if there was a position open that I was interested in, like energy or transportation, I'd be honored to serve in an Obama administration, but not at the beginning, not until my time is finished."

Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., isn't in the job market -- period (basically). "It's very flattering, but I am not interested. That's it," Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., tells the AP's Andrew Miga.

Former rep. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, pretends not to know if a job market exists: "I don't know, and I don't expect to be asked, honestly."

Stu Rothenberg talks up Carly Fiorina: "Sure, plenty of Republicans have been mentioned as possible running mates for the Arizona Republican, but none of them seem particularly helpful to McCain," Rothenberg writes. "Fiorina is obviously smart and articulate, is comfortable in the media spotlight and, frankly, looks like a national political leader. She is comfortable talking about the economy and about business, two things that McCain doesn't deal with well. Her gender is an obvious asset."

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