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Wouldn’t you know while the president was eyeing the screens, a live shot appeared of a red-faced Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat. One screen, it turns out, was tuned to C-SPAN 2.

Covert campaign

He couldn’t win re-election in South Dakota, but that’s not to say he couldn’t become the next president of the United States.

Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle will travel today to New Hampshire, which holds the first of the presidential primaries, where he will discuss a possible presidential bid in 2008 with citizens of the Granite State.

And after he gets an earful from them, the South Dakota Democrat will depart for the first caucus state, Iowa, where he’ll spend tomorrow night and Saturday.

He describes the two-state, three-day trip as “a logical progression” in seeking the presidency. And he says he will return to the pair of pivotal states for an “unscheduled driving tour,” to hear directly from the people “without staff or press in tow.”

Aging minds

Give Chris Matthews credit for permitting his guests more uninterrupted opportunities to express their positions.

And wouldn’t you know that by listening more, the outspoken host, on occasion, has even surprised himself by being in agreement.

“I’m getting to like you too much,” Mr. Matthews told Sen. Trent Lott, Mississippi Republican, one night this week, each fully agreeing on MSNBC’s “Hardball” that young adults today are much more opposed to abortion than previous generations.

“I remembered arguing this very point, this question of abortion with my own kids, particularly my daughter, who couldn’t understand why I would be opposed to [abortion],” Mr. Lott said at one point. “And then one day she became a young professional woman, and then she became a mother, and now she’s much more pro-life than even I am.

“Life has changed her,” the former majority leader concluded. “You know the old argument: When you’re young, if you’re not liberal, there’s something wrong with your heart. And when you’re older, if you’re 60 and you’re still liberal, there’s something wrong with your mind.”

John McCaslin, whose column is nationally syndicated, can be reached at 202/636-3284 or jmccaslin@

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