The Note: Everything Is Relational

The Palm Beach Post's Bender reports that both Joe Negron (R) and Tim Mahoney (D) face "an uphill battle" for Foley's seat with only 14 days to go until early voting begins. LINK

Foley: op-eds and editorials:

Sunday's Union Leader called on Republicans to insist that Hastert resign. LINK

"Hastert's obsession with maintaining power has corrupted his judgment and he can no longer be trusted to put the interests of the country above the interests of his party. Republicans must insist that he resign."

Bloomberg's Al Hunt writes: "Other Republicans will pay a price because leaders were told about Foley's habits and failed to stop him. As my colleague, Margaret Carlson, wrote, they were more interested in saving a seat than saving a child."

The Wall Street Journal's John Fund writes that "it's time Mr. Hastert or whoever is speaker next January start thinking carefully about how members of Congress can once again reassert control over the place. As poor as the GOP record in that regard has been, congressional Democrats, who seem to want only to expand the size and complexity of the federal government, will find that only enhances the power of staff." LINK

The Washington Post's E.J. Dionne wrote over the weekend that the issue in the Foley case is "no different from the issues raised by the great array of policy questions Congress faces all the time: When confronted with an issue, do politicians focus on narrow political imperatives or do they care most about the well-being of children and families?" LINK

The Way to Win:

The new political book The Way to Win: Taking the White House in 2008 is generating discussion and praise across the fruited plain.

From on high (Don Imus: "Go out and buy The Way to Win"), and down low (Wonkette: LINK.

From the Right (a favorable review in the Wall Street Journal from John Fund LINK and Noted on Rush Limbaugh LINK) . . .

...and from the Left (Eric Alterman's review in The Nation can't help but say that The Way to Win "contains a razor-sharp analysis of the upper stratum of American politics available nowhere else." LINK)

If you are ready to buy you copy based on all that, click here. LINK

But forget the two coasts.

All Note readers can agree that what matters is what they think in the heartland, where everything is up to date and representative of great American family values.

So, here's what Sunday's Kansas City Star said about The Way to Win: LINK

"Political books are drowning in a Babel's brew of shouting, shrillness and in some cases utter stupidity and disregard for basic facts."

"But not all of them. If you read one political book this autumn, make it Mark Halperin and John F. Harris' The Way to Win: Taking the White House in 2008. Halperin, ABC News director and creator of "The Note"..., teams with Washington Post political editor Harris to write the most fascinating and insightful political book of the year…."

"And if you don't think Hillary can win in '08 — or if you think she's a lock — you must read this book. Both Hillary and John McCain, whom the authors see as the strongest contenders on each side of the aisle, have assets and liabilities that could affect all our futures. How they might deploy them, or fail to do so, makes for mesmerizing reading."

Halperin and Harris will be in Philadelphia today at the National Constitution Center, speaking and signing books this evening. LINK

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