The Note: Veep's Week

Could crime become an issue for Obama? "Murders [in Chicago] have risen 18 percent over a year ago. Assaults in the city involving guns are also rising. City officials, Police Supt. Jody Weis and the police force are increasingly coming under criticism," James Oliphant writes in the Chicago Tribune. "But some Republicans say part of the blame also lies with Obama."

Howard Dean misspoke when he almost called the Republican Party the "white" party (it had been a while, hadn't it?): "Paging Dr. Freud," ABC's Ron Claiborne writes. "Dean raised an issue that is rarely discussed in public and almost never by politicians: the marked racial division by party in American politics. Members of the country's largest minority groups -- blacks, Latinos, Asian-Americans -- are predominantly Democratic."

Keeping Virginia interesting: Bloomberg's on the ballot. "Just in case Mayor Bloomberg changes his mind about that whole running for President thing, the Independent Greens of Virginia have a ballot line with his name on it -- literally," Elizabeth Benjamin reports for the New York Daily News. "Late last week, 'Indy Greens' Chairman Carey Campbell got word from the Virginia state Board of Elections that his minor party's petition drive to get Bloomberg on the ballot had been successful."

Bob Barr is running for president -- and this is a campaign book we'd buy: "I still plan someday to do a book on Bob Barr's laws of the universe," Barr tells The Washington Post's Libby Copeland. Some laws: "The world is full of idiots. . . . The most difficult thing about politics is dealing with people with really bad breath."

The Kicker:

"If you look at folks of color, even women, they're more successful in the Democratic Party than they are in the white, uh, excuse me, in the Republican Party." -- Howard Dean, last week.

"They all behave the same. They all look the same. It's pretty much a white Christian party." -- Howard Dean, on Republicans, in June 2005.

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