Chris Nolan: "Specter could use the money to pay off his campaign debt, I'll bet. And right now, he's pretty much the only Republican in the Senate willing to say Roe v Wade should remain the law of the land."
Saturday forecast: Sunny, high 65. Whew.
Just got a call from Adam, he's at SFO on his way to Palo Alto. Ed Cone gets in later tonight. I'm working on the cribsheet we hand out at the beginning of the show. My to-do list is getting pretty short.
There's still space available at some of the Saturday night dinners.
Dori Smith asked Priceline for a 3-star hotel in Palo Alto for $50, and got a room at Rickey's. (Where I and others are staying for $99 a night.)
Responsible clothing for the politically frustrated.
Ethan Zuckerman: "If you voted for George W Bush in 2004, and you're willing to come to deep blue Lanesboro, MA, let me buy you a beer."
Mary Hodder posts some ideas for the Core Values discussion.
Reuters: Arafat reported dead by Israeli TV.
Bush was asked about Arafat's apparent death during his press conference, which is live at 8:48AM Pacific. Then a brief press release from the Paris hospital where Arafat is, saying he's not dead.
Rogers Cadenhead: "The first step is to elect a Senate Minority Leader with a solid seat in a blue state." Amen.
In hindsight, the Democrat who might have beaten Bush was one of the least exciting of the initial nine candidates in the primaries. So unexciting that I didn't even think to mention him in yesterday's podcast. From the heart of Red State country, former minority leader of the House, with deep roots in another religion, you gotta wonder what his fatal flaw was.
12/31/03, Newhouse: "In a crowded Democratic field, presidential candidates are increasingly trying to show that they 'get' religion. It's far from clear, however, whether any Democrat can compete with President Bush on this front."
A new map of North America courtesy of Civicspace.
I'm downloading last night's West Wing via BitTorrent. You can join the team and get a faster download because I'm downloading now.
Electoral Vote Predictor: "The people have spoken."
Fascinating graphic from USA Today, shows red and blue counties.
An email that was sent to BloggerCon participants earlier today.
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