Amy Fagan and Charles Hurt of the Washington Times write that conservative leaders warn Sen. Chafee that his Alito vote may cost him in his primary campaign and Republican chances of keeping the Rhode Island Senate seat. LINK
The Wall Street Journal's ed board writes that Chafee's efforts to oppose the Alito filibuster (while voting against Alito) "may not prove sufficient to win over Republican primary voters."
Former Democratic House Speaker Jim Wright says that Democrats can't depend on recent scandals plaguing the GOP to carry them through next November's elections, they need to offer a solid alternative vision, reports Karen Brooks of the Dallas Morning News. LINK
Eliot Spitzer stood with Leecia Eve at her withdrawal announcement from the Lieutenant Governor's race in light of his selecting David Paterson as his running mate. The New York Post has more. LINK
To Mayor Menino's delight, Marie St. Fleur, the "first Haitian-American to have been elected to the Massachusetts Legislature," will join Tom Reilly as his running mate in his gubernatorial campaign, reports Frank Phillips of the Boston Globe. LINK
Boston Globe columnist Brian McGrory describes Tom Reilly's running mate selection as a "politically clumsy process, filled with bad leaks, broken promises, and hurt feelings." LINK
State Sen. Peter Welch (D-VT), the Democrat hoping to succeed Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) as Vermont's at-large member of the House of Representatives, will be "live blogging" in response to the President's State of the Union address at about 10:00 pm ET.
The blogging will be hosted by Democracy for America, the organization founded by Howard Dean following his 2004 presidential bid. www.blogforamerica.com Politics:
The Washington Post's Charles Lane places Justice Kennedy at the center of the Supreme Court's debate over Texas redistricting. LINK
The Court will hear oral arguments on March 1.
The Hill reports on the Congressional Club's "blunt" way of asking for $50,000. LINK
Would you like to see Ken Mehlman make the case for re-electing George W. Bush in April of 2004? How about Madeleine Albright talking about foreign policy ten years earlier?
Whatever your preference Harvard's Institute of Politics is making video footage of all of these IOP events available on the Institute's Web site. LINK
In total, the Kennedy School is making video footage of nearly 30 years of public addresses and panel discussions available on-line.