The Note: Hanging on the Telephone

Very tough talk from Dean on Sen. Rick Santorum last night in Pennsylvania. LINK

2008: Democrats:

John DiStaso's Granite Status Notes that Gov. Bill Richardson has a June 8 visit to New Hampshire planned. LINK

The New York Post's Deb Orin asks where Sen. Clinton stands on Schiavo and assesses the political consequences of a "yes" or "no." LINK

We aren't certain Tom Harkin's advocacy will mean all that much for Iowa in 2008, however.

Sen. Clinton sent out an end-of-quarter fundraising appeal that had, surprisingly, only five sets of scare quotes and a mere three exclamation points. Seems restrained to us.

From the letter:

"That brings me to tomorrow's deadline. The FEC reporting deadline for the first quarter of the year is at midnight on Thursday, March 31st. Our opponents will use it to judge the intensity and depth of our support. We need to send them an unmistakable message. We have to make it clear that we have no intention of backing down -- and the best way to do that is to show the largest possible grassroots support for my campaign."

"You and I will never give in to their bullying tactics. Our opponents will do anything rather than talk about the issues. They don't want to talk about their plans to destroy Social Security, to roll back our civil and constitutional rights, to undermine American security by reducing the number of allies who will work with us around the world."

The New York Sun calls her e-mail "hyperbole." LINK

Former Sen. John Edwards heads to Missouri on April 3 to campaign for state Senate candidate Rick Johnson. LINK

Then he heads to Phoenix to keynote a health care forum sponsored by Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business April 5 and 6. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will address the group as well. LINK

Schiavo:

Last night the U.S. Supreme Court denied the Schindlers' appeal to restore their daughter's feeding tube.

The Washington Post's Manuel Roig-Franzia wraps the U.S. Supreme Court's decision, and Notes that Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) visited the Schindler family to pray with them on Tuesday night. LINK

More from USA Today's Laura Parker. LINK

"A decision by Pope John Paul II's doctors to feed him through a nasal tube takes the treatment of the chronically ill pontiff closer to the ethically and religiously wrenching decisions of what medical measures should be taken to prolong life and for how long," writes the Washington Post's Daniel Williams. LINK

Republicans and Democrats:

In May's Atlantic Monthly, the absurdly talented Joshua Green takes on the George Lakoff Fetish that (in the view of some) afflicts the Democratic Party. It's a must-read, including this unselfconscious quote from Howard Dean: that he would "make George Lakoff the Democrats' Frank Luntz." The piece explores the Lakoffian message-makers ensconced in the Democratic regime, and, well, makes fun of them. LINK

"One of the minor ridiculous figures in Washington these days is an Internet entrepreneur named Richard Yanowitch, who is pointing down another path to enlightenment. He has put together a jargony memo and a working group dedicated to 'branding' the Democrats -- the thought apparently being that, as if it were a flagging brand of soda, the party can be revived with snazzier packaging and a new sales pitch. And while Lakoff enjoys the sponsorship of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Yanowitch has set up shop under the auspices of her Senate counterpart, Harry Reid."

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