Daphne Retter of CQ observes that there's a bumper crop of Senators in the '08er pool, despite the fact that no one has gone straight from the senior governing body to the White House since JFK.
The Globe's Susan Milligan points out that while constituents overwhelmingly support their Senators, support for their home-state politicians turned presidential hopefuls wanes. According to Milligan, "voters in many states now resent being used as a stepping-stone for higher office and don't want to be ignored while their local candidate focuses on a grueling presidential campaign, analysts say." LINK
In a Sunday article topped by "He's a weasel, but he's my weasel," Jonathan Chait of the Los Angeles Times makes the case for McCain's recent alleged repositioning as a sacrifice "for the greater good" but wonders, "will McCain make specific promises to the right that he can't weasel out of?" LINK
Keying off news that the "very same men who helped derail" his 2000 bid are now "leading financial supporters of his "Straight Talk America" political action committee and possible backers of his anticipated 2008 presidential run, ABC News' Jake Tapper writes that the "fence-mending" can be construed in any number of ways -- "maturation, selling out, or the pragmatic political maneuvers of a frontrunner. But however one views it, the moves stand as a stark contrast to McCain's exciting, occasionally reckless underdog campaign from six years ago." LINK
Leslie Williams of the Times-Picayune writes on Rudy Giuliani's Sunday visit to New Orleans, Noting that "Giuliani was loath to critique the performance of New Orleans' mayor during the Katrina catastrophe." LINK
"The FBI and the Justice Department have launched a criminal probe into the origins of the explosive "Pataki Tape" - secretly recorded conversations involving Gov. Pataki, his wife, Libby, former Sen. Alfonse D'Amato, and others that The Post revealed last summer," reports the New York Post. LINK
The Salt Lake Tribune's Thomas Burr writes about Gov. Mitt Romney's (R-MA) state PACs in New Hampshire, Iowa, South Carolina, Michigan, and Arizona. LINK
Michael Goodwin of the New York Daily News columnized on Saturday about Sen. Clinton's positioning on immigration (border security first, "smart fences" may be helpful, no need for the planned May 1 boycotts) and came away impressed. LINK
The New York Daily News' Derek Rose found an immigrant advocacy organization questioning Sen. Clinton's approach for a staggered reform effort. LINK
Ian Bishop of the New York Posts Notes Sen. Clinton's re-election campaign's use of monster.com to help find some new staffers. LINK
The Los Angeles Times reports that Sen. Clinton raised $1 million dollars in the City of Angels over the weekend. LINK
Guests at Sen. Clinton's fundraiser included Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Billy Crystal, Rob Reiner, and The Edge.
While appearing on HBO's "Real Time" with Bill Maher, DCCC Chairman Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) endorsed the former First Lady for president.
"I'm supporting Hillary Clinton," said Emanuel. "I'm public about it."
While appearing on "Meet the Press," Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) reiterated his support for Sen. Kerry if the Bay State's junior Senator throws his hat into the ring again. LINK