The Note: Witness for the Witness

For our student Note readers who are still searching for a thesis topic for the spring semester, may we suggest exploring the dimensions of the Romney/Johnson relationship in a comparative analysis to the Kerry/Johnson relationship. We are willing to bet, if done correctly, you could get that puppy published!

Glen Johnson of the Associated Press chats with Gov./RGA Chair Romney (R-MA) about his decision to donate $500,000 in Abramoff related contributions to the RGA to Red Cross chapters in five hurricane-affected states. LINK

(Not to worry Rep. Nussle, the RGA is only shedding itself of half that amount this year. The other $250,000 will leave its coffers next year.)

Courtesy of the AP's Marc Humbert, via the New York Post, we learn Gov. Pataki's (R-NY) PAC has hired New Hampshire communications firm Meridian Communications to "focus on a national communications plan promoting local, state and national races in 2006." LINK

Mr. DiStaso's Granite Status has more details too. LINK

Pataki also released plans yesterday for a $1.1 billion tax cut for New York businesses over three years. LINK and LINK

2008: Democrats:

The Washington Post's Richard Cohen columnizes that Sen. Biden's "manic-obsessive running of the mouth" is the "functional equivalent of womanizing or some other character weakness that disqualifies a man for the presidency." LINK

Cohen thinks this is a "pity" because the Gentleman from Delaware "occupies the sensible center of the Democratic Party."

The New York Post's Dick Morris writes Hillary Clinton needs to be pressed on bookkeeping discrepancies from her 2000 Senate race. LINK

Having schmoozed with the likes of Grover Norquist, former Vice President Al Gore will return to a more comfortable setting on Monday at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC where he will deliver a Liberty Coalition and American Constitution Society-sponsored speech on what he sees as the Bush Administration's efforts to extend executive power beyond Congressional direction and judicial review.

Virginian Mark Warner said goodbye to his governorship last night in his final State of the Commonwealth address, citing as his accomplishments a "fairer and more equitable tax code" and investments in education and public safety. LINK

On Sunday, C-SPAN's "Road to the White House" will show remarks Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) made last Saturday, Jan. 7, at a fundraiser hosted by the Upper Valley Democrats in Hanover, NH.

The Duluth News-Tribune takes a look the presidential odds on Feingold. LINK

While in New Delhi, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) told reporters he backs a controversial nuclear accord with India ("in principle"). LINK

The Rev. Al Sharpton will make a swing through New Hampshire today, according to DiStaso of the New Hampshire Union-Leader. LINK

Politics of Iraq:

While calling into Sean Hannity's radio program yesterday, the Vice President had some tough words about Chairman Dean. "I don't think Howard Dean has ever given any thoughtful consideration to what's going on over there," Vice President Cheney said, referring to Iraq. "He certainly hasn't indicated that by any of his public statements." LINK

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