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Strategy Memo: Stimulating The Senate

Good Thursday morning, Washington and beyond. Super Tuesday was one year ago today, if you can believe it. Today, President Obama continues to sell the stimulus, while the Senate continues to search for a compromise.

**Economic Stimulus
*Obama took his stimulus sales job directly to the people this morning, with an op-ed in the Washington Post: "This plan is more than a prescription for short-term spending -- it's a strategy for America's long-term growth and opportunity in areas such as renewable energy, health care and education. And it's a strategy that will be implemented with unprecedented transparency and accountability, so Americans know where their tax dollars are going and how they are being spent."

*Obama also unleashed some harsh words for stimulus critics yesterday. "President Obama abruptly changed tactics Wednesday in his bid to revive the economy, setting aside his bipartisan stance and pointedly blaming Republicans for demanding what he cast as discredited "piecemeal measures," the L.A. Times writes.

*However, Politico writes that Obama is "losing the message war. Despite Obama's sky high personal approval ratings, polls show support has declined for his stimulus bill since Republicans and their conservative talk-radio allies began railing against what they labeled as pork barrel spending within it."

*"The majority leader, Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, suggested that a final vote on the stimulus plan could come on Thursday," writes the New York Times.

**The White House
*Obama has now twice broken a campaign pledge to wait five days before signing any bill to allow for public input. The White House had no comment.

*Chris Cillizza reports that Obama will continue to ratchet up his rhetoric next week, with a primetime news conference planned for Monday, and potentially an Oval Office address as well.

*Hilda Solis will finally see a vote on her nomination for Labor Secretary.

*Former chief of staff Andy Card wants Obama to put his jacket on when he's in the Oval Office.

*The White House says Judd Gregg is not a target of an investigation of his former aide in the Abramoff affair.

*As Obama speaks at the National Prayer Breakfast today, he's rolling out an expansion in President Bush's office of faith based initiatives.

**Minnesota Senate Watch: The Minnesota Supreme Court today will hear Al Franken's request for a provisional certification of election.

--Kyle Trygstad and Mike Memoli