The Note: Throat Clearing

Wolfowitz and the World Bank:

The Washington Post 's Paul Blustein looks at the reign of Paul Wolfowitz as president of the World Bank, which begins today. LINK

AP: the ongoing violence in Iraq makes rebuilding and development there a much tougher prospect, Wolfowitz said. LINK

The Clintons of Chappaqua:

The Washington Post 's John Harris turns in the next installment of his Clinton saga (playing off his book, "The Survivor"), today looking at the former president's post-White House starring role on the world stage — starting specifically with Clinton's desire to be Secretary General of the United Nations. "His ambitions are no less obvious than when he was on the rise as a domestic politician. Clinton wants to present an alternative face of America to the rest of the world — in implicit opposition to President Bush, and to create a legacy that builds on his eight years in office," Harris writes. LINK

Modeled to some degree on the Post -presidential career of Jimmy Carter — but with some added glamour — Clinton will set the stage for his latest endeavor in September, when world leaders, American politicians, business people, and celebrities go to New York for the first Clinton Global Initiative.

"Beneath the surface, there is a deep vein of politics in Clinton's international activities as ex-president. While he has mostly supported Bush on the Iraq war — and says that all Democrats should be supporting full victory even if they first opposed the war — almost every speech he has given in recent months has contained the same refrain, delivered in nearly identical language."

Need we say: it is must-read.


The New York Observer's Lizzy Ratner writes up the 2008 donor-centric invisible nomination rumblings occurring up and down Park Avenue. LINK

2008: Democrats:

Hillaryland, in the eyes of the New York Times ' Raymond Hernandez, is a world of no leaks, no internal disagreement, very few blind quotes, and one message: The Senator is focused on doing a good job for the people of New York and for the nation. Just like, of course, the Bush apparatus.

"Bill Clinton led a political team that, while battle-tested and successful, could sometimes function as an all-night idea session with thoughts being tossed out as trial balloons and internal debates erupting publicly. But as Mrs. Clinton, the junior senator from New York, moves to establish her own orbit in American government and politics, associates of the couple say that her husband's style runs contrary to what they describe as her cautious and deliberate nature." LINK

"'The difference between the two operations is really the difference between Bill and Hillary,' said one Democratic strategist who spoke on the condition of anonymity, citing the subject's delicate nature. 'Whereas Bill Clinton publicly agonized over every decision he made, Hillary is more discreet and private.'"

Check out the sidebar graphic on the web and laugh, and laugh, and laugh.

"Hollywood's Democratic donors may be only now recovering from the last presidential election, but the next political cycle is already getting under way. Tonight, Senator Hillary Clinton will swing through town for a blitz of high-profile entertainment fund-raisers," writes Variety's Gabriel Snyder. LINK

Snyder suggests that Bob Novak's claim that Senator Clinton and Hollywood have fallen out of love is flat wrong.

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