The Note: Cowboy and Indians

Note to David Broder: have you seen who Senator Clinton's co-sponsors are on some of her bills?

With only 978 days until the 2008 presidential elections, The Hotline's Chuck Todd offers his top five prospects for each party (with no surprises in the #1 slots).

For the Republicans:

1) Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)

2) Sen. George Allen (R-VA)

3) Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA)

4) Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR)

5) Fmr. House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA)

For the Democrats:

1) Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY)

2) Fmr. Gov. Mark Warner (D-VA)

3) Fmr. Sen. John Edwards (D-NC)

4) Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN)

5) Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM)

2008: Republicans:

With Sen. McCain and conservative stalwart Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) "locking arms on lobbying reform," The Hill's Jonathan Allen sees an opportunity for Sen. McCain to "burnish" his credentials among "conservative donors and activists, whom he must court if he hopes to win the Republican presidential nomination in 2008." LINK

Morton Kondracke observes in Roll Call that Gov. Mitt Romney's (R-MA) forward-looking policy proposals could prove beneficial in his quest for the Republican presidential nomination.

"Values and "culture" issues -- the red meat that candidates usually toss to their base -- come fourth in Romney's list of challenges facing the country, behind terrorism, the fiscal crisis and competition from China and India."

Gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Kerry Healy (R) distanced herself from Gov. Romney's pro-life remarks yesterday and firmly asserted her pro-choice stance.LINK

Joan Vennochi of the Boston Globe devotes her column to Gov. Mitt Romney's alleged flip-flopping ways. LINK

The Boston Herald reports that Massachusetts Democrats slammed Gov. Romney for not attending a local gun control function yesterday. Democratic Party spokeswoman Cyndi Roy said, "Regardless of whether or not he's running for re-election there are still issues in this state that need to be addressedÉyou need someone from the state who is engaged in these kinds of conversations." LINK

Gov. Pataki made his first public appearance since undergoing two surgeries at a medical briefing on his condition for reporters yesterday. Dr. Lawrence Altman of the New York Times still appears to be somewhat dissatisfied with the information flow from doctors to reporters. LINK

Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) got some national broadcast television exposure yesterday when he was a voice in a "World News Tonight" piece by Miguel Marquez.

Sen. George Allen (R-VA) will make his first visit to Iowa on Mar. 17. Also visiting Iowa this month: Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) and Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA), reports the Des Moines Register's Thomas Beaumont. LINK

2008: Democrats:

The New York Post's Deborah Orin breaks down the White House strategy on Hillary Clinton as the Rove/Mehlman bad cops against President Bush's good cop in an effort to guarantee both her nomination and general election defeat. LINK

The AP on Sen. Feingold's Patriot Act filibuster attempt: LINK

Per Reuters, Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) yesterday signed a bill to fund space tourism program. LINK

The Schwarzenegger Era:

The Los Angeles Times looks at the filings for all the contenders for governor and finds that (surprise!), they're all millionaires. LINK

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