Will this one at least run? "According to the Campaign Media Analysis Group, which monitors political advertising across the country, only one of the three Clinton-themed ads has been broadcast so far -- and that ad, featuring a Clinton delegate who now endorses McCain, is only airing in Toledo, Ohio," Aaron Rutkoff reports for The Wall Street Journal.
"That doesn't mean these McCain ads won't be seen by voters. The national media, which has its sensors tuned to any signs of Clinton-Obama drama in Denver, have readily amplified the messages." Said CMAG's Evan Tracey: "These were basically video press releases."
The Biden Files:
Watch the narrative get written, as the oppo gets unloaded. Repeat with the GOP: "Typical politician."
USA Today's Ken Dilanian: "Sen. Joe Biden worked to defeat a bipartisan bill designed to curb asbestos lawsuits at a time his son's law firm was filing them in Delaware and a former aide was lobbying against the measure, according to public records and interviews."
He is the senior senator from Delaware: "Joe Biden has fought to preserve Delaware federal courts' disproportionate share of corporate bankruptcies, benefiting law firms in his home state that rank among his top supporters," Nathan Koppel reports in The Wall Street Journal. "Delaware's special status has angered some critics, who argue that companies should be forced to file for bankruptcy closer to their headquarters. Defenders of the practice, including Sen. Biden, the likely Democratic vice-presidential nominee, say it is efficient to have many cases handled in an experienced court."
The family's affairs: "Sen. Barack Obama sought more than $3.4 million in congressional earmarks for clients of the lobbyist son of his Democratic running mate, Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware, records show," James V. Grimaldi and Kimberly Kindy report in The Washington Post. "An analysis for The Washington Post by Taxpayers for Common Sense of Hunter Biden's firm's lobbying business found that its clients collected $2.7 million in earmarks in the last fiscal year."
Also in the news:
If you see Brian Ross and a camera, you were invited to the right party. The latest from the money trail, from ABC's investigative unit: "Not even the emotionally charged speech by Sen. Ted Kennedy kept corporate lobbyists from carrying out their multi-million dollar campaign to wine and dine and influence Democratic lawmakers at a series of lavish parties last night in Denver."
Said Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J.: "You must visit, make sure the food they serve is okay, that it passes the taste test and the liquor is the right vintage. Other than that, it's one's responsibility."
Lobbying you may have missed in Denver: "A top Georgian official is urging liberals and members of the Democratic Party here to take up the cause of his nation, which is embroiled in a conflict with its neighbor Russia over two separatist regions,"Seth Gitell writes in the New York Sun.
"One less than John Kerry -- that would be four." -- Mitt Romney, asked how many homes he owns.
"It's all my fault and I feel that very, very strongly." -- Michael Dukakis, explaining to Katie Couric that if he had beaten father, there wouldn't have been a son running.
ABC NewsNOW's gavel-to-gavel coverage of the convention resumes Wednesday. We're on the air (and online) from 5 pm ET to 11 pm ET (3 pm MT to 9 pm MT), hosted by Sam Donaldson and Rick Klein.
Guests Wednesday include former secretary of state Madeleine Albright, and singer Melissa Etheridge.
Follow the links to live coverage at ABC News' Politics site.
And I'm blogging all week here.
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