"Odds are that I will."
-- Al Gore, quoted by 02138 Magazine, on whether he will endorse a candidate in the Democratic presidential primary, though he had yet to decide whom he would back.
A New York Times review of Dead Certain by Robert Draper includes a revealing tidbit about President Bush's plans after leaving office.
"Mr. Draper quotes him saying that he plans to build a 'Freedom Institute,' a sort of think tank where young leaders from abroad can learn about democracy. Mr. Bush, who has a net worth estimated at $8 million to $21 million, also said he would like to make some money -- 'replenish the ol coffers,' as he put it."
"He said he could make 'ridiculous' money out on the lecture circuit: 'I dont know what my dad gets. But its more than fifty, seventy-five' thousand dollars a speech."
Adding to his recent political woes, Rep. John Doolittle (R-CA)'s two top aides "have been subpoenaed and are scheduled to testify this week before a federal grand jury in connection with the ongoing investigation into the congressman's relationship with jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff," the Sacramento Bee reports.
According to the Wall Street Journal, private polling done by Republican pollster Tony Fabrizio suggests a broad erosion of the Republican Party's appeal to three key groups: younger voters, Hispanics and independents.
"Younger voters represent necessary new blood. Hispanics are the nation's fastest-growing demographic group, and are concentrated in big states such as Florida and California that are keys to presidential victories. Independents' ranks fluctuate but are expanding amid voters' disgust with partisanship. Each party needs them to win elections."
"The reasons include the Iraq war, conservatives' emphasis on social issues such as gay marriage, abortion and stem-cell research, and a party-led backlash against illegal immigrants that has left many Hispanic and Asian-American citizens feeling unwelcome. The upshot is that Republicans face structural problems that stem from generational, demographic and societal changes and aren't easily overcome without changing fundamental party positions."