The Note: Self-evident Truthiness

Sylvia A. Smith of the Journal Gazette reports on Sen. Bayh's (D-IN) expected gain from former Gov. Mark Warner's announcement. "The smart move for Bayh . . . is to lock up any and all of Warner's supporters." LINK

Bloomberg's Brian Faler and Lee Walczak see Sen. Clinton's footprint. LINK

The Los Angeles Times is all over the lot in picking derivative winners. LINK

Mark Warner bows out: the reason(s):

The Washington Post's Michael Shear has Warner's chief operative in New Jersey sounding a Note of skepticism about the rationale for pulling out so fast: "Everyone's devastated. Why would a person pull out this fast? Is there something we don't know? Maybe he's not ready emotionally. All I ever said to him was, 'You're running, right?' And he said, 'Yes, I am.' " LINK

On ABC News' Political Radar, Teddy Davis and Karuna Seshasai write that Warner first hinted at the skepticism his daughters might feel about a White House run during a 2005 C-SPAN interview. LINK

"In his interview with Brian Lamb for C-SPAN's 'Q&A,' Warner bluntly stated that his daughters, who were 15, 14, and 11 at the time, viewed him as a 'jerk' when he temporarily moved them from northern Virginia to Richmond when he became governor."

Mark Warner bows out: 2008 Dems react:

After announcing his decision to not seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, Gov. Mark Warner (D-VA) is receiving tons of praise from some of the Democrats who are still very much considering making a run for the White House. Here is a sampling:

SEN. HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON (D-NY): "I respect his decision. It's such an intensely personal decision . . . he's been a tremendous public servant, and I hope we haven't seen the last of him in Democratic politics and on the national scene."

SEN. EVAN BAYH (D-IN): "Governor Warner is an exceptional public servant, a great leader, and an influential voice in the Democratic Party. I know how tough a decision that this must have been. Mark Warner has much to contribute to the national debate and I look forward to working with him to make our future everything it can be."

SEN. JOHN KERRY (D-MA): "Anyone who has wrestled with this decision knows how hard it is, and Teresa and I admire Mark and Lisa's devotion to their family. I know Governor Warner will find many ways in the time ahead to continue making enormous contributions to our Party and our country. Teresa and I wish Mark and his family the very best in what the future holds for them."

GOV. BILL RICHARDSON (D-NM): "Because Mark has spent his career fighting to support our children and families, it is not surprising that he is putting his family first at this time. As a devoted father and husband he understands what is best for the Warner family, and we should not question his decision. However, I fully expect Mark will continue to fight on behalf of the Democratic Party, America's families, and for this great nation. I am sure we have not heard the last from Mark Warner."

GOV. TOM VILSACK (D-IA): "Mark Warner has been a tremendous Governor for Virginia, a leader in our party and is a wonderful friend and colleague. I look forward to his continued participation in the national dialogue of how to govern effectively and move our country in the right direction."

Mark Warner bows out: what next?:

Jonathan Martin of the Hotline takes a look at the Virginia political options for Gov. Warner should he want to pursue them. LINK

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