1. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid makes fun of Barack Obama, sort of.
2. Jill Zuckman spent four days in Kosovo with Cindy McCain and came home with a detailed profile of a woman who might be a very dynamic first lady.
3. Friends of the Earth is spending several hundreds thousand dollars on this television ad which will run on nationwide cable and in select spot markets:
4. The latest analysis of press coverage from Tom Rosenstiel of the Project for Excellence In Journalism:
Republican John McCain was a significant or dominant factor in only 35% of the campaign stories last week. But though he trailed both Hillary Clinton (56%) and Barack Obama (46%) in exposure, he was the winner when it came to the media narrative for the week of April 7-13, according to a Project for Excellence in Journalism study.
Both Clinton and Obama found themselves entangled in negative story lines last week. The Clinton campaign had to deal with the demotion of chief strategist Mark Penn and former President Bill Clinton’s remarks resurrecting the flap over his wife’s statements about dodging sniper fire during a 1996 trip to Bosnia. The Obama campaign found itself on the defensive late last week after the news surfaced of the San Francisco fundraiser where he talked about people in small towns being “bitter.”
Meanwhile, McCain was bolstered by some positive poll numbers and a discussion of the GOP “veepstakes” which tends to remind voters that he is the only candidate thus far certain to be on the November ballot. With General Petraeus’ trip to Capitol Hill last week, much of the media narrative also focused on the issue on which McCain has staked his candidacy—the Iraq war.
5. John Sylvest, retired CEO of Louisiana Bank and a pro-life Catholic, has gathered some friends together and launched Roman Catholics For Obama.