That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.
Barack Obama’s hopes of a strong showing in North Carolina to mitigate Hillary Clinton’s Pennsylvania win just got a little tougher: The state’s GOP has unveiled a new ad against two state Democratic candidates for governor that hits them for endorsing Obama. It features clips of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and suggests that Obama is “too extreme for North Carolina.”
John McCain has called on state party leaders not to use the ad, according to the New York Times, saying that “There’s no place for that kind of campaigning, the American people don’t want it, period.”
Update: RNC also condemns ad, no word from Clinton camp.
The Big Dinner: Attention in Washington is now focused on Saturday night’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner and other fetes tied to the event. Patrick Gavin and Jeff Dufour of the Washington Examiner’s Yeas & Nays column got the seating list, Among those scheduled to attend: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Kal Penn, Jon Favreau and Tracy Ullman, mixing with Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Henry Kissinger, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and Obama economics adviser Austan Goolsbee. The two big parties are Tammy Haddad’s pre-event brunch at her home, and the Bloomberg bash following the event.
Quincy’s Night: Tonight in D.C., the Special Olympics honor Quincy Jones on his 75th birthday at the home of Michael Klein and Joan Fabry. More than 100 guests are expected to attend, including Smith and Elizabeth Bagley, Rep. Corrine Brown, C. Boyden Gray, Rep. Jane Harman and Rep. Patrick Kennedy. Stevie Wonder will call to sing happy birthday and Condoleezza Rice has sent a message that will be read.
Dead Donor: The Los Angeles Times’ Top of the Ticket ferreted out a curious March donation to Barack Obama’s campaign: It came from Roy Scheider. The actor died in February.