The Note: McCain's Mojo

The Washington Post's Balz speaks the truth on the veepstakes: Nobody knows anything. "This summer parlor game will soon come to an end, after two final media frenzies as the selections near. Meanwhile, the speculation is entertaining for sure and sometimes accurate. But the process is anything but transparent and that too is worth keeping in mind."

The Sked:

Obama appears with Bayh in Elkhart, Ind., for a 9:15 am ET event on energy policy.

(How Republican is Elkhart? "The idea that presidential candidates are in Elkhart is too much to wrap your head around," said Robert Dion, a political science professor at the University of Evansville.)

Obama ends the day with a fundraiser in Minneapolis.

Michelle Obama is in Norfolk, Va., for a midday event with military families, then a fundraiser with Kaine.

McCain will be in Ohio, after visiting with the Marshall University football team.

President Bush is in South Korea, and will deliver sharp words for the regime in Myanmar while in Thailand on Wednesday.

Get the full political schedule in The Note's "Sneak Peek."

Also in the news:

Bloomberg's Heidi Przybyla goes through tomorrow's legal fights today: "Similar fights over voter qualifications will be waged this year, particularly in Southern states, as Democrat Barack Obama's drive to register hundreds of thousands of new black voters clashes with Republican suspicions that get-out-the-vote efforts recruit people who aren't eligible to cast ballots. . . . Republicans reject the notion that monitoring voter qualifications amounts to intimidation, saying election fraud is a concern when waves of new registrations pour in."

Stay in line in St. Paul: "How much chemical irritant does it take to put on a Republican National Convention? St. Paul hopes $1.9 million worth will do it," Chris Havens writes in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "Police officials on Tuesday shared details on how they intend to spend a $50 million security grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. Other items such as bicycles, cell phones and officer training are on the wish list."

Georgia Senate primary: "Jim Martin defeated Vernon Jones for the Democratic Party's nomination for the U.S. Senate on Tuesday night," Jim Tharpe and Aaron Gould Sheinin report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "With 99 percent of the precincts reporting Jones was trailing Martin by nearly 20 percentage points in their runoff battle."

In a watched House race in Michigan: "Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, the mother of Detroit's mayor, overcame a City Hall scandal involving her son to narrowly defeat two challengers early Wednesday in a Democratic primary," per the Detroit Free Press.

The Kicker:

"I want America to know I'm like, totally ready to lead." -- Paris Hilton.

"I mean, she's ahead of me in this news show. What's the deal here?" -- Former Vice President Dan Quayle, on CBS' "Early Show," suggesting Paris Hilton as a potential McCain running mate.

"Candidates tend to tell two lies. . . . One: 'I love campaigning.' There's something the matter with you if you like political campaigning for yourself. The other is, 'We ran against each other but we're good friends.' " -- Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., explaining how tension is dissipating, slowly, between Obama and Clinton supporters.

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