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Hillary's New Friends?

I'm sure some will call him crazy.

First, of course, the former first lady has to win the nomination, and this Rasmussen poll has Obama catching her, in fact leading by a statistically insignificant 32 to 30 percent. Edwards is at 17.

And while we're in Hillaryland, TPM's Greg Sargent weighs in on the name game:

"As you may know by now, the non-story of the day surrounding Hillary Clinton is that she apparently uses the name 'Hillary Clinton' on Presidential campaign material while sticking with 'Hillary Rodham Clinton' on her Senate-related stuff.

"This alleged 'gotcha' story was first pushed by Hearst newspapers in a piece linked (natch) on Drudge, Newsmax, Free Republic and a few other far-flung outposts in the wingnuttia hinterlands. It's now the subject of an Associated Press story -- carried by ABC, CBS, Fox, CNN and others -- that actually says in its lede that Hillary has an 'identity crisis.' Both the Hearst and AP stories strongly imply that Hillary's people are calculatingly using 'Rodham' to speak to the New York audience while sticking with 'Hillary Clinton' to appeal to the national audience . . .

"It's unclear, in fact, that there was any kind of shift of this sort in any meaningful sense at all, really. After all, Camp Hillary, and Hillary herself, were calling her 'Hillary Clinton' way back in 2000, and as recently as 2006, and in both cases they were speaking exclusively to New Yorkers."

Here's how the papers are handling Bush's veto of the war-funding-and-withdrawal bill, starting with the Chicago Tribune:

"Democratic congressional leaders will be pressed to find a way to fund troops on the front line while keeping pressure on the administration to wind down an unpopular war. Bush faces his own challenge: to find a compromise with Democrats who gained power on a wave of public opposition to the war and who insist that they will not give the president a blank check to continue his Iraq policy."

New York Times: "The veto added new punctuation to a major war powers clash between Democrats in Congress -- buoyed what they regard as a mandate in last November's elections and seeking to force an end to the fighting in Iraq -- and a president working to defy what he regards as an incursion on his authority as commander in chief."

L.A. Times: "Republicans -- uneasy with their president but opposed to a withdrawal plan -- appear increasingly willing to back some form of benchmarks, although party leaders would not discuss specifics. GOP lawmakers in the past have balked at any benchmarks that would include deadlines or consequences for missing them."

On yesterday's anniversary of Mission Accomplished Day, Dick Polman collects some quotes from that era:

"Neoconservative leader Bill Kristol, April 1, 2003: 'There is a certain amount of pop psychology in America that the Shia can't get along with the Sunni . . . There's almost no evidence of that at all.'


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