The Note: Learning to Use Irrationality As a Bargaining Tool

Rick Klein of the Boston Globe reports that John Kerry thinks it's a mistake to officially support same-sex marriage within the Massachusetts Democratic Party. Kerry said, ''I'm opposed to it being in a platform. I think it's a mistake . . . I think it's the wrong thing, and I'm not sure it reflects the broad view of the Democratic Party in our state." Sen. Kerry opposes same-sex marriage but supports civil unions, while Sen. Kennedy would like to see support for same-sex marriage included in the party platform. LINK

AP was with Sen. Kerry as he talked about children's health care Thursday in Baton Rouge, LA. LINK

Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) makes a Buckeye State appearance (in Republican Butler County) and garners some favorable reaction captured by the Cincinnati Enquirer. LINK

"Dick Holzberger, a longtime Democrat who formerly served on City Council here, said Bayh is the best-known speaker the local party has snared in many years -- and Holzberger sees that as a sign that the party is on the rebound."

More: "I think he would be a superb contender,' said Mark Kaplan, 40, of Fairfield. 'If he runs, he could bring Ohio and Indiana back into the Democratic column for us.'"

The Clintons of Chappaqua:

Deb Orin of the New York Post chatted with the former president in Baltimore earlier this week and provides a months-early curtain raiser on the "Clinton Global Initiative" gathering he is organizing in New York this September. Orin has an early peek at some of the folks invited and expected to attend. LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Alan Murray interviews Bill Clinton about his Global Initiative:

"The Global Initiative will be funded by charging the companies that participate. Any funds left over after covering costs will go to the William J. Clinton Foundation, a nonprofit that pursues various global health, economic, political and social initiatives."

"Critics, of which Mr. Clinton has plenty, are likely to see this as just another extension of the Hillary for President campaign. To head off those concerns, Mr. Clinton says he has enlisted the help of two high-profile Republicans who share his penchant for showmanship -- News Corp. Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger."

"He says the Global Initiative plans to focus on just a few issues -- four at each meeting -- that have bipartisan support and that don't fall exclusively under the domain of governments. Among the possible topics: building up the 'integrity and capacity' of developing-nation governments, addressing global energy and environmental problems, and attacking global health crises such as tuberculosis and HIV-AIDS."

Writing in The New Republic, Andrei Cherney defends Clintonism ably, as he writes that the party faces a crossroads and one direction leads back towards Clinton's economic vision-based agenda and another direction leads elsewhere. LINK

The Lancaster New Era has an excellent report on Bill Clinton's Wednesday night appearance before the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce. LINK

But it is The Note that can bring you exclusive culinary details. For those of you concerned (paging Doctors Allan Schwartz and Craig Smith) about the eating habits of the post-surgical former president, our source on the scene provides this dispatch:

"He ate 50 percent of his salad which was polenta with roasted pepper and goat cheese terrine with extra virgin olive oil layered over a haricots verts salad drizzled with northern Italian vinaigrette."

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