Political Panorama: Monday

The Cause in Africa: George Clooney tells Newsweek that he’s “not getting into politics,” but he does say that the was in Iraq has stymied U.S. international efforts to do anything about the genicide in Darfur. “We have no moral high ground,” he says. Meanwhile, the New York Times’ Manohla Dargis writes about what Clooney calls “tragedy fatigue,” and wonders whether the wave of documentaries, movies and public service campaigns can achieve change. She writes that watching films like “Blood Diamond” and “The Constant Gardener” “doesn’t rouse me to action; it stirs pity, sometimes repulsion, sentiments that linger uneasily until the action stars up again to sweep away that empathy with another explosion, gunfight or rousing chase.”

The Money Game: The Clinton, Obama, and Edwards campaign each are trying to manage expectations of their fund-raising prowess in advance of the first reporting period’s March 31 deadline. One prediction: That Obama’s upcoming Hollywood fund-raiser will take in $1 million. The Washington Post also editorializes that the Clinton camp — and all of the other candidates — should disclose their highly prized “bundlers,” those charged with rounding up the rank-and-file donors.

Franken’s Folly?: The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza looks at how Al Franken’s irreverent comments through the years could be used against him in a Minnesota senatorial campaign. Among them: “I just don’t like homosexuals.”

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