'Save It for 2050'

The political world was atwitter this week when New York Magazine suggested that the Rev. Jeremiah Wright was planning to publish a book in October.

John Heilemann wrote in his analysis of the "Color-Coded Campaign" that the book "might well place the topic of Obama's blackness (along with his patriotism and his candor about what he heard in the pews in all those years at Trinity Church) squarely at the center of the national debate."

But there will be no book coming in October because Rev. Wright has not written a new book.

A statement to the news media will be released on Wednesday according to a spokesperson for Trinity United Church of Christ.

The confusion may have come from remarks that Rev. Wright made to the NAACP in April.

Towards the end of his speech, Rev. Wright told the audience, "I'm taking too much of your time. So let me give you the outline of the rest of this message. You can either fill in the blanks for yourselves or you could wait for my book that will be out later this year."

'08ers Tout Support from Across the Aisle

Without mentioning Barack Obama by name, Joe Lieberman slammed the presumptive Democratic nominee on Tuesday, calling the 2008 election a choice between "one candidate, John McCain, who has always put the country first, worked across party lines to get things done, and one candidate who has not."

While McCain was being touted by the "Independent Democrat" in York, Pa., Barack Obama picked up the support of a former Republican congressman from Iowa who described the Illinois senator's platform as being rooted in "old American values that are as much a part of the Republican as the Democratic tradition."

"Barack Obama's platform is a call for change," said former Iowa Rep. Jim Leach (R). "But the change that he so gracefully is articulating is more renewal than departure."

VP tea-leaf readers out there who think McCain could tap Al Gore's running mate as his own, are carefully scrutinizing what the Arizona senator had to say about Lieberman when he was asked at his town-hall meeting about Social Security reform.

McCain began with his usual story about the gold old days when Ronald Reagan and Tip O'Neil would toss one back while working out compromises for the good of the country.

Then McCain cryptically added a reference to Lieberman that made some think that the presumptive Republican nominee was eyeing the Connecticut senator for a spot on the ticket.

"My friends, we have an example of what needs to be done," said McCain, referring to the cooperation between Reagan and O'Neil on Social Security in the 1980s. "It's not going to be invented by me and Joe Lieberman. It's going to be something that the Americans want us to badly do."

Why did McCain include a reference to Lieberman?

Does McCain envision working with a Vice President Lieberman on Social Security reform?

"The silly season has begun. He was standing right there," said McCain spokesman Brian Rogers, referring to Lieberman. "I wouldn't read too much into it."

The Kicker: "Why would I want to do that? I'm gonna have a good life out here in the private sector. Why would I go back to telling everybody in the world how much money I make and . . . barely surviving to have some obscure Cabinet post and have some 20-year-old from the White House telling me what I'm gonna do?"

--Mike Huckabee in the New York Post on whether he would take a McCain Cabinet post

On the campaign front. . .

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