The Note: McCain's Mojo

Her backers are not falling into line quite as quickly: "Hillary Clinton supporters will march through Denver during the Democratic National Convention to show appreciation for the New York senator's historic primary run and urge the party to place her name in nomination," Sara Burnett reports in the Rocky Mountain News. "The city issued a permit Tuesday to Colorado Women Count/Women Vote for a parade on Aug. 26 -- the 88th anniversary of women's suffrage and the date Clinton is rumored to be speaking at the DNC."

And Clinton bashes Bush in a Wall Street Journal op-ed: "There appears to be no crisis, tragedy or disaster immune from exploitation under the Bush administration. The examples of the waste, fraud and abuse are legion -- from KBR performing shoddy electrical work in Iraq that has resulted in the electrocution of our military personnel according to Pentagon and Congressional investigators, to the firing of an Army official who dared to refuse a $1 billion payout for questionable charges to the same company."

McCain has a new role in mind for his wife: "I was looking at the Sturgis schedule, and noticed that you had a beauty pageant, so I encouraged Cindy to compete," McCain told the big motorcycle rally in South Dakota late Tuesday, per ABC's Gregory Wallace and Sara Just. "I told her [that] with a little luck, she could be the only woman to serve as both the First Lady and Miss Buffalo Chip."

For the uninitiated: "The beauty contest is held every night, according to reports. An ESPN columnist described it as 'essentially a topless beauty pageant. And occasionally bottomless, too,' " per the New York Post's Maggie Haberman.

Not everyone liked the joke: "Maybe he figures that the frat-boy routine worked for George Bush, so he's trying to same thing, but I'm not sure that this is going to play very well with the audience that he's courting," said National Organization for Women President Kim Gandy.

And don't forget Paris (did you think she could sit this one out?): "Hey America, I'm Paris Hilton and I'm a celebrity too. Only I'm not from the olden days and I'm not promising change like that other guy. I'm just hot," Ms. Hilton says in a new Web video, per ABC's Tahman Bradley. "But then that wrinkly white-haired guy used me in his campaign ad, which I guess means that I'm running for president."

She even has some ideas: "We can do limited off-shore drilling -- with strict environmental oversight -- while creating tax incentives to get Detroit making hybrid and electric cars. That way the offshore drilling carries us until the new technologies kick in, which will then create new jobs and energy independence. Energy crisis solved."

"I'll see you at the debate, bitches," she adds.

Your debate lineup (until or unless Paris commits): "The first debate, from University of Mississippi, focusing on domestic policy will be moderated by Jim Lehrer, Executive Editor and Anchor, The NewsHour, PBS.  Moderating the Vice-Presidential Debate on October 2 will be Lehrer's PBS colleague Gwen Ifill.  The second presidential debate follows on October 7 from Belmont University, Nashville, TN with NBC's Tom Brokaw moderating a town hall forum.  Lastly, Bob Schieffer will moderate the final debate on October 15, focusing on foreign policy from Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY."


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