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Traveling back in time to the Jimmy Carter era & arguing Clinton isn't the epitome of every woman; Plus: Do Scott McClellan's assertions sound familiar?

• In the New York Times, Democratic pollster Mark Mellman contends that Barack Obama is faring better with white working class voters than either Al Gore or Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., did. "He plainly has a path to victory. And the white working class does not seem poised to block his way."

David S. Broder draws stark parallels between Obama's race to the White House and former President Jimmy Carter's time in office.


• "Congress should remind a President" John McCain "that the 16 blocks separating the Capitol from the White House nicely express the nation's constitutional geography," advises George F. Will regarding McCain's pledge to come before Congress more frequently as president.

Robert D. Novak scoffs about Hillary Rodham Clinton's recent Robert F. Kennedy comments: "Her recent performance has led loyal Democrats to talk to me about Clinton in the same terms that Republicans have used for 16 years, branding her as untruthful, deceitful and unscrupulous."

• "Whatever tangled synapses of ambition and resentment released the remark about" Kennedy's "assassination, candidate Clinton's head has spent too much time believing the personal is political," agrees Daniel Henninger.


• "Time is finally running out for the Clintons," gauges columnist Dick Morris and his wife Eileen McGann in The Hill. "They’ve stayed at the party too long, and it isn’t a pretty sight. But they won’t leave gracefully. No way. They still believe that there’s a chance to win. And they’ll do anything to make that happen."

• The notion that, if Clinton doesn't win the nomination women will be upset, is "wrong for assuming that women, as a group, share a unified set of political views, and doubly wrong for the underlying assumption that women should automatically favor female political candidates," fumes Rosa Brooks.

• "South Dakota's enthusiasm for the Democratic primary is in part pragmatic," notes Gail Collins. "Tourism is the state's second-largest business after agriculture, and every little bit of publicity helps."

• In the Wall Street Journal, professor Mackubin Thomas Owens blames Congress for skyrocketing gas prices: "That venerable body has made it impossible for U.S. producers of crude oil to tap significant domestic reserves of oil and gas."


• In the Financial Times, professor Mark Mazower defends the United Nations and rebukes talk of replacing it with another international body. "If Americans want their values to prevail in the years ahead, they should work around the institutional framework they developed after 1945, not hasten its demise. Fixing the UN will be hard, replacing it impossible."

• "The risk of terrorism during the Olympics is real," acknowledges Nicholas D. Kristof, "but that shouldn't force us to do violence to our principles."

Roger Cohen channels the "flower power" and Paris uprisings of 1968: "Once again, idealism and youth involvement in politics are awakening in the United States, gathered around a thirst for change and the rejection of a status quo Bush successor."

• Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair applauds the message Congress is sending with the global warming bill, in the Washington Post: "Unless the United States radically reduces its greenhouse gas emissions, along with other major emitters, the damage to the climate will be irreversible."

• "Today there are few visible traces of the genocide that began in April 1994," reflects David Ignatius during a visit to Rwanda. "It's not that Rwandans have forgotten, but that they seem to have willed themselves to live in the present. That makes this place feel different from other post-conflict states I know, such as Iraq and Lebanon, where the past and present are congealed in a wound that never heals."

From The Editorial Boards...

• The New York Times labels former White House deputy press secretary Scott McClellan's book the "most tedious" type of Washington memoir: "'I Knew It Was a Terrible Mistake, but I Didn't Mention It Until I Got a Book Contract.'"

• Meanwhile, the San Francisco Chronicle hears "an unlikely echo" between McClellan's memoir and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) opposition to the Iraq war.

• McCain "gave a sage and substantive speech Tuesday on his approach to the dangers of nuclear proliferation. Without explicitly saying so, McCain took positions that are, on most issues, diametrically opposed to those of President Bush," cheers the Boston Globe.

• The Washington Post accuses Obama of "partisan posturing": "Mr. Obama duly hailed" McCain "as a war hero, then launched a one-two punch, linking Mr. McCain to an unpopular president and painting him as stingy toward those who served their country."

• The Wall Street Journal applauds Florida Gov. Charlie Crist for passing "innovative reform" that will help provide more people with "affordable healthcare," and thinks the rest of the country should take heed.

• "Before Congress attacks global warming with a cap on greenhouse gases -- and then allows firms to pollute if they buy 'carbon offsets' elsewhere -- lawmakers should consult the UN's abysmal record in this slippery type of trading," advises the Christian Science Monitor.

• The Minneapolis Star-Tribune quips: "Congress has spent a year bickering over what should be a no-brainer: continuing tax credits for renewable energy."

• "Unlike those U.S. public officials who tried to dodge responsibility for their shoddy performance after Hurricane Katrina, some Chinese officials are actually accepting blame for the young earthquake victims' deaths," observes the Philadelphia Inquirer.

• The Dallas Morning News has high hopes for the announcement of Turkish-mediated peace talks between Israel and Syria. "These new talks are an opportunity to drive a wedge between Syria and Iran while disrupting support for their surrogates."

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