Political Panorama: Thursday

California Factor: Sen. John McCain will be in Los Angeles next week to appear with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to promote the governor’s climate change policies and how they can be taken national, according to The Politico. It’s expected McCain will do some fund-raising as well. McCain and Giuliani are ramping up their California efforts and hiring campaign staffs not only with the almost certain move of the state’s primary to Feb. 5, but with an eye toward putting the Democratic-heavy state in play for the general election.

Climate Change Concerts: In Los Angeles today, Al Gore is scheduled to announce a series of global concerts that will rival Live Aid and will take place on the auspicious date of 7/7/07. The Washington Post leaks more details, some of which also came out last week.

Justice Against TV: Justice Anthony Kennedy argued against televising Supreme Court proceedings at a Senate hearing on Wednesday, saying that it would change ‘our collegial dynamic” and maybe even tempt one of his colleagues to “get a sound bite for TV.” Senators argue — not in sound bites, mind you — that C-SPAN hasn’t been obtrusive. What’s more, how to do you pander to the TV audience when most of their hearings air at 3 a.m.?

“Abu Ghraib” Post Mortem: Janis Karpinski follows up on Monday night’s D.C. screening of HBO’s “Ghosts of Abu Ghraib” in which Sen. Lindsey Graham told an audience that Karpinski should have been court martialed, without knowing that she was in the audience. She says that the bigger concern is that he doesn’t seem to understand the issues. “He just refuses to get it, or maybe he is not intelligent enough to get any of it,” Karpinski writes on Huffington Post.

Franken’s Challenge: Time magazine says Al Franken’s biggest battle in the Minnesota Senate race may be against himself, as the GOP in the state will have a cache of sometimes outrageous statements made on his Air America show to use against him. On John McCain’s half-decade in Viet Cong captivity: “I mean anyone can get captured. Isn’t the idea to capture the other guy?”

Now Look What He Says: Ricky Martin sang at President Bush’s inaugural; now he is giving him the finger.

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