The Note: Charlie Brown Holds His Own Football

The Washington Times' Eric Pfeiffer writes that "few doubted" that Bill Clinton was present in Iowa as a "surrogate" for his wife. LINK

From Michael McAuliff's Sunday New York Daily News coverage: "'This is about Bill, but it sure greases the skids for her,' said Monica McCarthy, chairwoman of the Union County Democratic Party." LINK

In Sunday's Washington Post, Dan Balz called Clinton's Iowa speech as much a "tutorial as a political call to arms." LINK

Radio Iowa's Kay Henderson Noted, "Clinton did not take questions from reporters nor did Clinton comment directly about his wife's potential bid for the job he used to have." LINK

2008: conventions:

The New York Times' Cardwell wrote on Saturday of the potential fundraising obstacles Michael Bloomberg may face in trying to woo the DNC to New York for its 2008 convention. LINK

(Perhaps the article itself will cause some of those obstacles to disappear.)

2008: Republicans:

Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) addressed social conservatives in Boston last night calling for a ban against gay marriage at an event in a Boston Baptist Church. The event was organized so it would be simulcast on Christian TV and the Boston Herald's Jessica Fargen reports his speech had the potential to reach 80 million households. LINK

In Sunday's Washington Post, Chris Cillizza and Zachary Goldfarb reported that Gov. Romney's RGA has raised "$8.5 million over the past three months and has now raked in $20 million in 2006 alone." LINK

The AP reports that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) travels to South Dakota on Tuesday after some convincing by Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), who told him that "we shared a border with Iowa and he may be able to get some Iowa media interest". LINK

2008: Democrats:

Hillary Clinton unsurprisingly received the New York Times endorsement on Sunday. LINK

The editorial board looked beyond 2006 in its endorsement: "We enthusiastically endorse Mrs. Clinton for re-election, while watching with interest to see if she can convince the country that she has as much aptitude for the presidency as she does for her current job. Her extraordinary discipline might help her to avoid mistakes during a presidential campaign, to run a race that will not center on some symbolic slip-up. But can she conjure up a vision of the future for a nation desperately in need of inspiration and real leadership? Can she speak to the great issues of the day directly, without carefully trimming every sentence to steer clear of controversy?"

In this week's cover story, Time's Joe Klein questioned Sen. Obama's ability to "answer the tough questions." When asked whether he would run in 2008, Obama stated that after the elections are over, he would "think about how I can be most useful to the country and how I can reconcile that with being a good dad and a good husband." Klein certainly believes that "in a semiotic dance of presidential politics is definitely not a no." LINK

Note Klein's unhappiness with Obama's failure to map out a health care plan. On Sunday the AP reported on Sen. Kerry's strong 2008 language while rallying the New Hampshire Democratic troops. LINK

In a Sunday Washington Post story on Sen. Kerry's New Hampshire speech, Dan Balz wrote that it was "as if the Kerry of 2006 was channeling the Howard Dean of 2003." LINK

Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun Times previews the Obama mania about to unfold with the release of his new book tomorrow. LINK

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