From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Carly Zakin
*** Some Heart Bloomberg, Others Will Hate Him: The Bloomberg boomlet is in full swing today. Editorial writers are predisposed to love anyone or anything that represents the word "bipartisanship." So the op-ed pages are full of praise for the mayor many of these editorial writers don't even know simply because he's uttered that magic word "bipartisanship." The fallout for Giuliani and Clinton is covered in more detail today. In particularly, the Giuliani-Bloomberg rivalry is one that is already tabloid fodder. But Clinton won't escape from this New York story either. Bloomberg and Clinton share many of the same local supporters who appear to be divided already. Check out Ed Koch's comments.
*** Rise Of The Independents?
Another independent -- Joe Lieberman, whom Bloomberg campaigned for last year -- holds a fundraiser in DC tonight for moderate GOP Sen. Susan Collins (R), who likely will face a tough re-election fight next year. To poke their nemesis Lieberman in the eye, liberal MoveOn yesterday issued a press release stating that its members had raised $350,000 for likely Collins opponent Tom Allen (D), freshman Rep. Patrick Murphy, and MoveOn's Iraq campaign. With Bloomberg's possible presidential candidacy, was Lieberman's win as an independent last year a sign of things to come? Or, if Collins loses and Bloomberg doesn't run (or does and loses), will he find himself even more isolated come November 5, 2008?
*** Party Blood Thicker Than Water:
Speaking of 2008 Senate races, President Bush heads to Alabama today to raise money for one of the biggest critics of the Senate immigration bill he supports: GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions. One senator quoted Bush as saying to Sessions when he traveled up to Capitol Hill to revive the immigration bill, "Don't worry, I'll still go to your fundraiser. We disagree about this but we are friends." Yet is Bush's fundraiser for Session a sign that he isn't interested in twisting GOP arms too much to get the legislation to his desk? Before the fundraiser, Bush makes remarks on energy in Alabama.
*** Another Mormon Story: The Boston Globe today writes Romney's political opponents are beginning to become more vocal about his religion. Is it time for that JFK-esque speech? The Globe notes three of Romney's foes (McCain, Brownback, and Giuliani) now have had supporters engage in anti-Mormon behavior.
*** Slick Hillary? How good is Clinton getting at avoiding controversial stances? So good that AP's Ron Fournier -- who has covered the Clintons longer than any national reporter in the country -- is dubbing her "Slick Hillary." Fournier uses examples from her remarks in DC this week, especially at the AFSCME forum, where he notes she left wiggle room on a number of issues.
*** On The Trail: Brownback hits eight more towns in Iowa; Clinton will be in DC and Detroit; Edwards supports Smithfield, NC workers' efforts to organize, and then speaks on middle-class debt at Cooper Union in New York City; Gilmore raises money in Atlanta; Giuliani speaks to supporters in Florida; Huckabee makes fundraising calls in Arkansas; Obama is in DC; and Richardson participates in an AFL-CIO convention town hall meeting in Phoenix and then raises money there.
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