The Note: Veep's Week

Obama got heated in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Networks David Brody, swinging back on the subject of the "born-alive" bill: "I hate to say that people are lying, but here's a situation where folks are lying," Obama said.

Feel this rumble spreading? "Sen. Obama is currently misleading people about what he voted against, specifically claiming that the bill he voted against in his committee lacked 'neutrality' language on Roe v. Wade," National Review's David Freddoso reports. "The bill did contain this language. He even participated in the unanimous vote to put it in."

Michael Gerson, in his Washington Post column, sees the GOP ready to saddle up post-Saddleback: "It is now clear why Barack Obama has refused John McCain's offer of joint town hall appearances during the fall campaign. McCain is obviously better at them. . . . McCain's performance at the Warren forum helps change the political psychology going into the conventions."

"Republicans have spent the past few weeks pleasantly surprised at the closeness of the presidential race," Gerson continues. "But they have generally chalked this up to Obama's weakness, not McCain's strength. After Saturday night, even Republicans most skeptical of McCain must conclude: 'Perhaps we aren't doomed after all.' "

Frank Rich tries to shift a paradigm: There is a candidate we don't know enough about -- and it's McCain. "Why isn't Obama romping? The obvious answer -- and both the excessively genteel Obama campaign and a too-compliant press bear responsibility for it -- is that the public doesn't know who on earth John McCain is," Rich writes in his Sunday New York Times column. "What is widely known is the skin-deep, out-of-date McCain image."

Envy of Green?

If the Obama campaign was really, truly proud of its $51 million July -- why did word come out on a Saturday?

It was a good number, but not a great number: "It will be . . . fairly easy for Obama to dramatically increase his totals, assuming that he can rely on his early maxed out primary donors for an immediate primary infusion," The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder reports. "But Obama's $51m last month reflects generosity AND hard work; he spent an inordinate amount of time at fundraisers. After the convention, Obama will be campaigning full-time and won't be able to lend his personal charisma to private fundraisers."

Feel that burn? "He saw his campaign bank account drop slightly from $71.7 million at the end of June to an estimated $65.8 million at the end of July," John McCormick writes in the Chicago Tribune.

The DNC beat the RNC last month, with a very big but: "The RNC reported having nearly $75 million cash on hand at the end of July compared to the DNC's $28.5 million," ABC's Jake Tapper reports. "If you combine the cash on hand for RNC/McCain, you get approximately $96 million in available funds. The combined DNC/Obama money puts the Democrats in the same ballpark, which is no small feat for the Democrats who usually suffer financially compared to the GOP."


Checking in with McCain's prospects: Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., takes himself out of the running (just about): "I don't want to be vice president. I'm not going to be the nominee," Jindal said on NBC's "Meet the Press," per ABC's Kate McCarthy. Was he still leaving a "window" open to accept the nomination, Jindal replied, "No, no, no. No window's open there."

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