Thursday Must-Reads: CampAIGning

The newest conservative fault line is emerging between its media personalities, many of whom support the AIG bonuses, and its politicians.


The newest conservative fault line is emerging between its media personalities, many of whom support the AIG bonuses, and its politicians. Few politicians are supporting the controversial pay-outs, and Republicans and Democrats are pointing fingers over who's to blame for the bonuses—nowhere more so than NY-20, where they've become the focus of press releases and TV ads.While TV viewers may be tired of all those ads, the seemingly endless election season in that district has been a boon for television stations.Obama's appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno"—the first-ever by a sitting president—may be his own boon as he seeks support for his budget. Or it may not be. Cillizza talks to a handful of consultants to analyze the strategy. The president will follow up the appearance with a more typical prime-time news conference on Tuesday. The kind of TV-ready charisma that makes the "Tonight Show" appearance a promising strategy may have edged Washington closer to Hollywood; celebrity-gossip chronicler TMZ is now aiming its paparazzi on politicians.The RNC announced that it took in $5.1 million in February; what that number means to embattled chair Michael Steele will become clearer once the DNC reports their haul.Finally, a look at some upcoming campaign issues: many freshmen Democratic house members are co-sponsoring the Employee Free Choice Act, suggesting they aren't worried about its impact in even right-leaning districts. And while satisfaction with our job in Iraq is on the rise, polling shows increased disapproval on Afghanistan, perhaps setting it up as the next foreign-policy issue.


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