The Times has a sad story today lamenting the likely death of the public financing program for presidential campaigns. Hillary Clinton has already decided to forgo the program, as she knows she will be able to raise a lot more than the $150 million that public financing would provide her if she chose to run in accordance with its restrictions.
That said, there is one passage I thought Cheney nailed:
Former almost-candidate Mark Warner says he's not getting back into the '08 race--but a key supporter notes that he didn't exactly rule it out and urges him to reconsider. I suspect Warner, like Al Gore, may watch Hillary and Obama bludgeon each other for a while before making a decision--although Warner probably can't afford to get in as late as Gore can.
I can't help but notice that The Politico has, as part of its "exclusive" you-can-only-read-this-hard-hitting-stuff-here roll-out, a piece revealing that Steve Cohen, a white representative from Tennesse, is being barred from joining the Congressional Black Caucus.
Not to burst anyone's balloon, but that was sort of, um, reported two months ago.
Over the weekend, NPR's "On the Media" ran a flattering segment on Dennis Kucinich's latest quixotic bid for the presidency. The theme of the show was that the poor guy just can't catch a break from national political reporters, who insist on treating him like an "oddball" when they bother to cover him at all.
In an interview with the unfairly dismissed candidate, host Bob Garfield softballed: "Other candidates-