The Democratic National Committee is going up with an ad today called "Big Choices," touting what Democrats have done AND uses President Bush saying, "fool me once, you can't get fooled again." But it's only running on national cable and will run through next week. We'll see if they put more money behind it after this test run.
- Corporate donations after the Citizens United ruling are getting more attention. In addition to the million-dollar NewsCorp donation to the Republican Governors Association, AP reports that some institutional shareholders of Target and Best Buy are "urging the boards of both [companies] to increase their oversight of campaign contributions." Target and Best Buy have given a combined $250,000 to a fund to boost a Republican candidate for governor in Minnesota. There have been protests from gay rights groups and others, including a MoveOn.org ad that was reportedly rejected by MSNBC, prompting MoveOn to criticize General Electric. (GE is the parent company of NBC Universal.)
- Alberto Gonzales has an op-ed in the Washington Post coming out against changing or repealing the 14th Amendment and calling for comprehensive immigration reform:
I do not support such an amendment. Based on principles from my tenure as a judge, I think constitutional amendments should be reserved for extraordinary circumstances that we cannot address effectively through legislation or regulation. Because most undocumented workers come here to provide for themselves and their families, a constitutional amendment will not solve our immigration crisis. People will certainly continue to cross our borders to find a better life, irrespective of the possibilities of U.S. citizenship. As the nation's former chief law enforcement officer and a citizen who believes in the rule of law, I cannot condone anyone coming into this country illegally. However, as a father who wants the best for my own children, I understand why these parents risk coming to America -- especially when there is little fear of prosecution. If we want to stop this practice, we should pass and enforce comprehensive immigration legislation rather than amend our Constitution.
It highlights a continued division between Republicans, particularly between some Hispanic Republicans and some white Republicans, on how to handle the issue of immigration.
- The New York Times profiles Bill Clinton's role as a campaigner this fall, and labels him the "Defender in Chief." Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and, of course, the president are expected to be the main Democratic surrogates this fall.
- The Times magazine also profiles Joe Sestak, the Democrat running for Senate in Pennsylvania, and goes along with him on a campaign event, calling him something between a "tireless" and "maniacal" campaigner. At one point, Sestak nearly runs over a toddler and the reporter had to get out of the way to avoid a collision with Sestak, so the congressman could shake hands. In DC, operatives who have worked for Sestak have said privately that he can be tough to work for. The Times story recounts a story in The Hill in which a Capitol Hill veteran says Sestak is “a guy to avoid unless you are desperate for a job.” It also notes a Navy Times story that says he created a “poor command climate,” something known within the Pentagon and was an issue during the Democratic primary campaign when Arlen Specter tried to use that against Sestak.
- Quote of the Day: So far it's is Rod Blagojevich on NBC's Today show. When asked if he had enough money to fund a new trial, he said: "I take solace in the Biblical story of David. I don't have a slingshot, but I have the truth on my side."
- And hasn't Blago suffered enough? He's so broke, that a storage facility where he apparently owes $100,000, auctioned off several of his belongings, including a life-size Elvis statue. It sold for $20,500.
- And finally with Roger Clemens' indictment yesterday for lying to Congress about using performance-enhancing drugs, Bostonians are claiming he's a Damn Yankee: The Boston Globe reports that several Fenway dwellers yesterday held the view that when they heard about the indictment they thought it was "awesome." The Globe: "It was hard to find anyone around Fenway Park yesterday who didn’t have a similar opinion."