The Note: The Politics of Gustav

And where's your reformer now? "The bigger question is who will she vote for in the Senate race in her home state," ABC's John Berman and Ursula Fahy write. "McCain campaign aides will not guarantee that she will endorse the senior Senator. Of course, perhaps more telling is that they won't promise she won't endorse him either. [Stevens,] though the antithesis of reform, is an icon in Alaska politics."

Consider how this might have been the story this week: "The divergent campaign themes underscore the absence of a unified message from the Republican Party, which for more than a quarter-century has relied on an orthodoxy of small government, low taxes, tough foreign policy and conservative 'family values' to win elections," Bloomberg's Heidi Przybyla and Indira A.R. Lakshmanan report.

We missed you so: "This ordinary boy [Obama] just might be the first president in the history of the United States to have a black woman sleeping at 1600 Pennsylvania legally," the Rev. Jeremiah Wright said at a Houston church Sunday, per the New York Post's Geoff Earle.

If you're really bored while in town . . . "There was no line for the first tourist attraction that many delegates to the 2008 Republican National Convention were encountering," Abdon Pallasch writes in the Chicago Sun-Times. "The airport men's room where Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) allegedly sought sex from an undercover male police officer was open for use after a janitor finished cleaning it Saturday afternoon. Classical music played, the Dyson Airblade hand-dryers whirred and a 'Diaper Deck' fold-down diaper-changing table went unused."

The Kicker:

"She's good looking. . . . And hanging out with this lean, young-looking guy is making me feel pretty old, you know what I mean?" -- Joe Biden, enumerating an important difference between himself and his GOP counterpart.

"One doesn't anticipate that one's private conversation will be surreptitiously taped by some right-wing nutcase." -- Former DNC chairman Don Fowler, apologizing for joking (in a caught-on-tape moment) that Hurricane Gustav's timing "demonstrates that God's on our side."

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