The Note: A Time of Andy Card's Choosing

*and for those of you lucky enough to have my cell number... (you know who you are) call anytime day or night. For the next two weeks that is. After that, I'm changing my number.

Congressman Shadegg's Man of Steel writes:

People have asked recently whether editorial endorsements and blogs matter in a race in which only elected members of the House get to vote. My answer is that they should. They are the voice of the grassroots of our party, and if we ignore them we will regret it. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon - like in November.

Without a "press"-ing engagement on Sunday, Shadegg spent the weekend in sunny Arizona, continuing to talk to members by phone. He is back in DC today.

Sean Hannity invited the candidates to come on his radio show to discuss the Majority Leader race on Friday - but it seems Mr. Blunt already had plans. Is this a signal that his unwillingness to "meet" his opponents on TV extends to radio?

To paraphrase the Greatest, "John Shadegg will debate Roy Blunt in a phone booth in the middle of Times Square!"

Congressman Boehner's Kevin Smith weighs in with this:

Recapping last week:

Last Monday, the Chicago Tribune endorsed Boehner, calling him the GOP's "best choice" to "push the Republican Party . . . to get talking again about the power of ideas."

On Tuesday, Boehner's op-ed in the Wall Street Journal called for earmark reforms so Congress can discern worthy projects from worthless pork.

On Friday, the Wall Street Journal's John Fund called "Mr. Boehner the favorite in any one-on-one matchup."

This weekend, Tony Blankley of the Washington Times forecasted a Boehner victory on "McLaughlin Group."

Yesterday on Meet the Press, Mary Matalin echoed Boehner and Shadegg's call for earmark reform, saying the race was too tight to call.

And Boehner has gained 10 new public commitments, including three committee chairmen, since Mr. Shadegg entered the race.

Since beating the Carson Palmer-less Bengals, the once-underdog Steelers have demonstrated that momentum is everything. In the Majority Leader race, Boehner's doing the same.

Samuel Alito for Associate Justice:

Washington Times' Charles Hurt predicts that with only one Democrat endorsement of Alito thus far, the vote may be a tight one. LINK

John Kerry vowed to vote against Alito on ABC's "This Week," the Associated Press Notes. LINK

2008: Democrats:

Following their appearances on Sunday morning television, the RNC chided Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and Sen. Barack Obama for being "pessimistic about the war on terror."

Sen. Obama, whom the RNC labeled as "the Dems' rising star," was chided for referring to US troops as "an irritant" that helps "spur the insurgency, even as we are defending a fledgling Iraqi government against that insurgency."

Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), whom the RNC labeled as the Dems' "fading star," was chided for telling "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," that many people surmise that the reason the US hasn't been attacked recently is because the terrorists are "being so successful at doing what they need to do to attack us in Iraq and elsewhere."

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