GIULIANI: In his latest National Journal column, NBC political analyst Charlie Cook wonders if he's underestimated Giuliani's chances. "I have long joked that I would win the Tour de France -- without benefit of steroids -- before the former New York City mayor would win the Republican nomination. Putting aside your mental image of a portly Charlie Cook in black spandex, am I wrong?" He concludes, "Don't get me wrong, I still think that Giuliani can't get nominated. I'm no longer certain of it, though. And I'm thinking of getting into better shape -- I hear the Tour de France is a pretty long race."
MCCAIN: He was in Nevada last night, and the state's leading political guru, Jon Ralston, provided us with a transcript of McCain's press avail:
McCain on his "bomb, bomb, bomb Iran" takeoff of a Beach Boys song: "Please … I was talking with some of my old veterans friends and my response is, lighten up and get a life"
Reporter: Was it insensitive?
McCain: Insensitive to what? The Iranians? (laughs)
McCain: "My response is, lighten up and get a life. I will continue to joke with my veteran friends at the VFW posts around America."
McCain, responding to Senate Maj. Leader Harry Reid's the "war is lost" comment: "My response is that having just come from Iraq that's not the view of the men and women who are putting their lives on the line as we speak … and I'm frankly taken aback at such a statement while we have young men and women in harm's way trying to win a conflict that will have a profound impact not only today but on future generations of Americans if we lose this war. Senator Reid should understand that Presidents don't lose wars, and political parties don't lose wars; nations lose wars.