Higher Standards Bite Obama, McCain

In time for Obama's visit to Wisconsin: "In the first Wisconsin survey since his Democratic rival Hillary Rodham Clinton bowed out, Obama leads Republican John McCain by double digits, outpolls McCain among independents and benefits from an election landscape that is extremely harsh for the GOP," Craig Gilbert writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

It's Obama 50, McCain 37 in the survey from the University of Wisconsin Department of Political Science/WisPolitics.com.

And New Jersey's not in real play -- not yet. "With a double-digit lead among women, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, the likely Democratic presidential candidate, leads Arizona Sen. John McCain, the likely Republican standard-bearer, 45-39 percent in New Jersey, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today."

On the veepstakes front . . . Gov. Tim Kaine, D-Va., gets front-page Boston Globe treatment: "Kaine's biography and political resume fill many of the perceived gaps in Obama's profile, making him for some analysts a dark horse in veepstakes 2008," Lisa Wangsness writes. "Obama . . . clearly has warm feelings for Kaine, who befriended the Illinois senator when he came to Virginia to stump for Kaine in 2005. (They discovered that their mothers came from the same small town in Kansas.)"

And sorry Dennis: "Democrats in the House of Representatives yesterday scuttled a colleague's proposal to impeach President Bush on a wide range of charges, including lying to the American public about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, torturing war captives, and misleading Congress in an attempt to destroy Medicare," The Boston Globe's Susan Milligan reports. on Rep. Dennis Kucinich's impeachment push

Fun with green screens: ABC's Ron Claiborne has the details on Stephen Colbert's challenge to his viewers, using McCain's election-night speech from last week.

New from the DNC: John McCain vs. the fact-checkers.

GOP strategist Todd Domke spins through the next five months so you don't have to endure them.

The Kicker:

"There's only one thing that can stop Obama -- and it's in . . . me." -- A hulking out "McCain Girl," ready for battle against Obama Girl.

"I only sleep with Democrats." -- Line from new YouTube video, entitled "Blue Balled."

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