The Note: Catoctin Cacophony

In a must-read, Deborah Solomon looked at Gov. Romney's Mormon faith for the front-page feature on the Weekend Edition of the Wall Street Journal. She Noted that Gov. Romney seemed to put Bobby Kaufman, a 21-year old student who heads the state's Federation of College Republicans, at ease by saying that he believes Jesus Christ is his savior, she Notes that Gov. Romney's great-grandfather, Miles Park Romney, had five wives in the late 1800s, she has GOP strategist Scott Reed talking about the challenges posed by HBO's "Big Love," and she ends with Gov. Romney saying that what's really important is to nominate someone who "we are convinced will beat Hillary Clinton."

National Journal's Marilyn Werber Serfani analyzes Gov. Romney's unusually bipartisan implementation of universal healthcare in this week's cover story. She prognosticates, "How well the Massachusetts plan ultimately works not only has lasting implications for national health care policy. It could also make or break the political aspirations of Romney, who is widely expected to run for president in 2008."

The Boston Globe's Scott Helman and Chase Davis provided a Sunday look at the Romney team's leadership PAC strategy with several state affiliates allowing for donors to contribute in multiple locations -- something not afforded to his potential opponents in federal office such as McCain and Allen. LINK

The AP reports that Utahns have contributed nearly 45% of Gov. Romney's $1.6 million campaign coffer. LINK

Under a "Say It Ain't So" headline, Sunday's New York Post's wood was all about a report that Rudy Giuliani may be thinking the unthinkable - buying a baseball team that isn't his beloved Yankees. LINK

Today, the New York Post has that sunny Giuliani spokesgal debunking the report saying, "It ain't so." LINK

In Saturday's Washington Post, Juliet Eilperin had former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) telling a luncheon group at Brookings that he expects to run for president "if the contest for the Republican nomination still seems wide open late next year. LINK

Gingrich also took a party shot at ex-Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) and said he would put "even money" on the Democrats taking back the House this fall.

"'The Gingrich model of an idea-led, contentious majority . . . is a lot better than a model of 'The Hammer.' A hammer is a relatively dumb symbol,' he said, adding that now that DeLay is gone, 'the House will become healthier with every passing week. You'll see an emergence of an idea-led Republican majority. The question is whether they'll do it fast enough to save the majority.'"

The Washington Times picks up on Paul Bedard of U.S. News & World Report's reporting that Huckabee will make this decision about running after he leaves office in January. LINK

2008: Democrats:

Ed Fallon tells the Quad-City Times that Sen. Clinton phoned him after his better than expected third-place showing in the Iowa Democratic primary for governor last week. LINK

"Clinton 'congratulated me on running a fine race and let me know that I can call her if I ever need anything,' Fallon said."

In Saturday's New York Times, Robin Toner and Anne Kornblut Noted Sen. Clinton's evolved approach to her (arguably) most identifiable issue. LINK

"Mrs. Clinton's approach to health care is strikingly different this time around, a measure of her evolution from an impatient agent of change to a cautious senator -- and potential presidential contender -- keenly attuned to the political center."

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