The Note: 'Both Hopeful and Precarious'

Hahn will host his election night party at the Conga Room; Hertzberg will be at the Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys, and Villaraigosa waits for results at the Fonda Theater in Hollywood.

Also worth Nothing: voters in California's 5th congressional district will winnow the field to two candidates in a race for the seat of recently deceased Rep. Bob Matusi (D). His widow, Doris Matsui, will likely be one of those who advances. (The top vote-getters from each party move to a runoff if no candidate receives 50 percent plus 1, winnowing the field from 12 to six.)

In Florida, voters in Broward and Miami-Dade counties will decide whether to allow slot machines in jai-alai frontons and race tracks. The arguments pro and con are familiar: the gaming industry has dangled a 30 percent rebate of all profits to the state government, but opponents worry about the community effects of gambling and fear that the slots will hurt existing businesses.

Gov. Jeb Bush doesn't want the slots there. LINK

But he may not have a choice.

Elsewhere in Washington today, the President meets with one current president (Vaclav Klaus of the Czech Republic) at 11:35 am ET, and two former ones (his father and Bill Clinton) at 1:45 pm ET.

We wonder whether anyone at the White House will ask President Clinton about Iran. LINK

First Lady Laura Bush and Secretary of State Rice celebrate International Women's Day in the Ben Franklin Room at the State Department at 9:00 am ET.

The Senate takes up bankruptcy reform legislation at 9:45 am ET, and the parties hold their policy luncheons in the afternoon. Sen. Bill Frist will come to the cameras around noon. DNC Chairman Howard Dean attends the Democratic luncheon.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger of California is in DC all day; he has a private meeting with Secretary of Education Margaret Spelling; a fundraiser at the St. Regis; and meetings with HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt and Interior Secretary Gail Norton in the afternoon. There may be a protest outside the fundraiser by nurses who don't like his pension proposals.

Bolton from the blue:

The Washington Post's Glenn Kessler and Colum Lynch lay out the controversial career of new U.N. Ambassador-nominee John Bolton, a diplomat who uses tough language and a "willingness to eschew diplomatic niceties" that Democrats are vowing to bring a fight over. LINK

The Los Angeles Times refers to Bolton as the "un-diplomat," and Paul Richter explores his reputation and brusque approach that's won the heart and mind of Vice President Cheney and led others to describe him as something of a new Jeanne Kirkpatrick. LINK

USA Today's Bill Nichols Notes Sen. Kerry's comment that Bolton's nomination is "inexplicable," and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's promise that the confirmation hearing is going to be a bumpy ride. LINK

Writes the New York Times' Steven Weisman: "Some Republicans predicted that he might have difficulty winning confirmation." LINK

Former assistant Secretary of State Susan Rice describes the criticisms and "con" items against Bolton, writing that there's a lot of bated breath as those who know his record watch carefully -- and hope he proceeds carefully to see how he does at the U.N. LINK

The Wall Street Journal's editorial board nods so vigorously at Bolton's nomination that we worry it might snap off.

Is there a 5 percent chance or greater that any Republican Senators will vote against Bolton? We think not.

Social Security: the politics:

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