In the latest installment of his "Meet the Next President" series, Bill Sammon of the Washington Examiner has Karl Rove saying Democrats such as former Gov. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) are "not serious about winning the Democratic nomination because they know it will almost certainly go to Clinton. 'Anybody who thinks that she's not going to be the candidate is kidding themselves,' Rove says. 'I mean, all this stuff about, you know, Warner or Richardson -- all these guys are preening for the vice presidential slot.'" LINK
Former Virginia Governor Mark Warner raised more than $100,000 dollars in two days in New York as he and other 2008 Democratic hopefuls setup shop in the Big Apple trying to court big name, high influence Hillary Clinton donors. Jason Horowitz of the New York Observer describes the scene. LINK
"He was sipping a diet soda at the bar of Fresco on 52nd Street, where a Wednesday-night fund-raiser was planned upstairs. As the disco lyrics of "Last Dance" pulsed out of the restaurant's speakers and drowned out his words, Mr. Warner ever so quietly and carefully made the case why he might be a more pragmatic option than Mrs. Clinton."
The Hill's Alexander Bolton reports that former DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe has told business associates and party donors that he will chair Sen. Clinton's campaign next year , holding the potential to raise around $100 million before the Iowa caucuses in January 2008. While Clinton hasn't announced whether she will run for the high office, McAuliffe said, "I would just say that I hope she runs." LINK
Mr. McAuliffe and Ms. Lewis both demur. General Wesley Clark plans to be in Kentucky on Sunday and Monday to rally Democrats and campaign for local candidates, Notes the Courier-Journal's Beardsley. LINK
The New York Post reports that "many voters" in California want New York Mayor Bloomberg to run for President. LINK
In an interview with Bloomberg's Ryan Donmoyer, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), the man in line to be the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee if Democrats win control of Congress, says that he would fight privatization of Social Security, seek a compromise on trade accords, pursue a return to pay-as-you-go budget rules as well as a major reform of the AMT's expanding reach.
Howard Fineman and Holly Bailey of Newsweek hit it out of the park this week with a detailed look of the intermingling of the Rahm and Ari Emanuel entourages, complete with peerless news, color, and analysis explaining how Democrats MIGHT take control of the House. LINK
Dick Morris' column in The Hill urges readers to pay no attention to that Gallup poll that was all the buzz yesterday. LINK
". . . with the underlying situation not much changed, it is probable that the mood will pass and that the Democrats will resume their domination of the 2006 election," writes Morris, who seems to believe that the thwarted terror plot in London, the debate over detainees, and the 9/11 anniversary (and accompanying ABC Entertainment docu-drama) may have only temporarily made the war on terror foremost on voters' minds.
ABC News' Jake Tapper traveled to Tucson, AZ where he spoke with congressional candidate Randy Graf (R-AZ) and saw firsthand how the illegal immigration issue looks in a border state with a visit to the Arizona-Mexico border. Look for more on this story on Thursday's "World News with Charlie Gibson." LINK