Parsing the Polls

That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.

Updated

The big news from a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll — if you can discern anything from such measures at this early date — is that Fred Thompson has moved up to No. 2 behind Rudy Giuliani, even before he’s declared an official candidacy. He appears on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” tonight, but his folks say that he won’t make a Schwarzenegger-like declaration on that show.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton maintains a solid lead, ahead of Barack Obama. The party’s most famous undeclared candidate, Al Gore, ranks third, ahead of John Edwards.

One Vote: Bono launched a new campaign to make global poverty a focus of the ’08 race. Two former Senate majority leaders — Bill Frist and Tom Daschle — appeared in D.C. on Monday to launch the effort along with a bevey of celebrities.

McCain’s Day: Looking to bolster his second-quarter fund-raising figures, John McCain visits Southern California on Wednesday evening at the home of John and Joan Hotchkis. Other hosts are Bill Siart and Bobby Kotick. His competitor, Mitt Romney, also has been in Southern California, raising what observers believe is a significant amount of money at a series of non-industry events.

Spouse Support:
Michelle Obama is the guest of honor this afternoon at a Women for Obama reception at the home of “Dancing with the Stars” celebrity contestant/news anchor Giselle Fernandez. 

Dean Machine: Democratic National Committee chair Howard Dean is the headliner at a Camden House reception in Beverly Hills on Wednesday. It’s a fund-raiser for the DNC’s Trailblazer Council.

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