The Note: Special Relationships

McCain: "I'm going to wait a couple years to make that decision -- for several reasons. One, I'd like to devote my energy to the Senate, be as good a senator as I can be. Second, I have the luxury of being able to wait because I don't have to lay any of the groundwork. I don't have to go to meet all of the state party chairmen -- I've done that before."

Men's Journal: "How does the right wing in general view you?"

McCain: "They're more accepting of me than they used to be -- not accepting, but more accepting -- because of the fact that I worked hard for Bush's re-election."

And you won't want to miss his secret ingredient for barbecue!

Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will deliver the commencement address at the University of Arkansas at on May 14.

2008: Democrats:

If you thought the whispers of Sen. Clinton's advisors being none too pleased with President Clinton's comments last month about Arthur Finkelstein would have cowed him into not delving into answering political questions about his wife, you'd be wrong. LINK

"Asked if the site could actually help Sen. Clinton -- who is already using it in her fund-raising -- he predicted it could."

"'If it's unfair, intemperate, over the top, yes I do,' he said, pointedly noting that polls show even Republicans in New York give favorable ratings to his wife's work as a senator."

Unprompted, the Washington Times' Stephen Dinan looks at Sen. John Kerry's effort to stay in the headlines, with requisite David Wade denials about 2008 planning. LINK

Joe Biden gets op-ed space in the Washington Monthly to praise the President for his rhetoric on expanding democracy in Iraq and the Middle East but to condemn his actions. LINK

Retired Gen. Wes Clark was scheduled to speak at the United States Holocaust Memorial museum last night. An excerpt from his prepared remarks:

"It was my duty, as Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, to witness what the news media called ethnic cleansing in the Balkans. Now, I don't know what ethnic cleansing is supposed to mean but what I saw was neighbors raping and killing neighbors. Thugs and gangs calling themselves armies and officers carrying out the devils own work against their fellow man. People they knew and didn't know. President Clinton ordered the end of the killing and raping, remembering our promise, our prayer of never again. We put an end to the systemic slaughter of innocent people in the Balkans and we put Slobodan Milosevic behind bars."

"Today we are still well short of our ideal, however. In the Darfur region of the Sudan, people are being slaughtered on the basis of their race. To date, our best public estimates read that more than 200,000 men, women and children have been killed, often with blunt force trauma or machetes. Can it be said by our children's children that we are keeping the promise we made in 1945? Will our legacy reflect the commitment the people in this room have to the end of genocide? That will be up to each of us."

John DiStaso also Notes that Clark will be in New Hampshire on June 12 for the Manchester City Democratic Committee's annual Flag Day fund-raiser, and Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) will keynote the next Politics and Eggs breakfast on June 7.

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