The Note: Impossible Schemes

". . .Bush administration officials scrambled Monday to negotiate side deals that might get them the two dozen or so additional votes needed to ensure passage. By day's end, they appeared to have nailed down at least five," write Vieth and Simon of the Los Angeles Times. LINK

"Vote counters on both sides of the issue said it remained unclear whether President Bush would prevail when CAFTA came up for a vote in the House, expected Wednesday or Thursday."

The Los Angeles Times' Simon reports the energy bill continues to clear hurdles and move toward that pre-recess passage. LINK

President Bush pledged to a group of African American leaders to redouble his efforts in applying pressure to corporations to give more money to faith-based organizations, reports the Los Angeles Times' Peter Wallsten. LINK

The politics of national security:

The New York Times says, "The Bush administration is retooling its slogan for the fight against Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups, pushing the idea that the long-term struggle is as much an ideological battle as a military mission, senior administration and military officials said Monday." The article by Schmitt and Shanker can be read here: LINK

Dean's Democrats:

"Democrats for Life" are seeking a more formal relationship with the DNC, reports The Hill's Alexander Bolton. LINK

2008: Republicans:

Another big Boston Globe day for the guy in the corner office.

Gov. Mitt Romney penned a Boston Globe op-ed today to explain his decision to veto the morning-after pill bill. LINK

"Signing such a measure into law would violate the promise I made to the citizens of Massachusetts when I ran for governor. I pledged that I would not change our abortion laws either to restrict abortion or to facilitate it. What's more, this particular bill does not require parental consent even for young teenagers. It disregards not only the seriousness of abortion but the importance of parental involvement and so would weaken a protection I am committed to uphold," he writes.

More Romney: "Because Massachusetts is decidedly prochoice, I have respected the state's democratically held view. I have not attempted to impose my own views on the prochoice majority."

And Note this about his evolution: "In some respects, these convictions have evolved and deepened during my time as governor. In considering the issue of embryo cloning and embryo farming, I saw where the harsh logic of abortion can lead -- to the view of innocent new life as nothing more than research material or a commodity to be exploited."

Scott Greenberger covers Gov. Romney's decision to come back to Boston from his New Hampshire vacation to veto the morning-after bill "that would allow trained pharmacists to give out the morning after pill without a prescription and would require hospitals offer it to rape victims." Although nixed by the governor, the House and Senate have approved the legislation by veto-proof margins. Romney used this legislation to stance a "pro life" view on abortion and wrote to lawmakers, "'I promised the people of Massachusetts that as governor I would not change the laws of the Commonwealth as they relate to abortion.'" Many organizations are angry at the Governor's hard lined view and believe his stance has altered since his election. In 2002 Romney responded to a Planned Parenthood questionnaire and told the group he supported "'the substance of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade.'" LINK

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