The Note: His Legacy and Her Future

And check out what how one panelist/incoming Nightly News anchor rejected that suggestion: "Henry Hopkins was never Person of the Year. Karl Rove is an operative," said NBC's Brian Williams.

Al Kamen looks around to find out who would swear President Bush in on Jan. 20 should Chief Justice Rehnquist be unable to do so. LINK

The Washington Post 's Helen Dewar talks to Republican leaders who are confident Senator Arlen Specter will be approved as the chairman of the Judiciary Committee. LINK

"I'm for Arlen. Nobody in the meeting was against Arlen," said Orrin Hatch according to the Los Angeles Times ' Simon and Curtius. LINK

The Washington Post 's Babington reports that Tuesday night House Republicans proposed changing House rules "to allow members indicted by state grand juries to remain in a leadership post, a move that would benefit Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) in case he is charged by a Texas grand jury that has indicted three of his political associates." LINK

Today's Republican tussle will feature Senator Dole vs. Senator Coleman for the NRSC post when all bluffing stops and secret ballots are cast. LINK

In an interview with the AP, incoming Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid made his recommendation for the new leader of the Democratic Party, "I think Vilsack, if he's willing to spend the time and energy and effort, would be a real good person to be the head." LINK

"With speculation heightening that Gov. Tom Vilsack could become the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee, the governor brushed off questions from Iowa reporters Tuesday about the race for the high-profile job."

"'I'll be happy to visit about this when and if it becomes an appropriate conversation to have. We're not there yet,' he said," reports the Quad City Times. LINK

A couple of more daily (or really as news allows) DNC chair tidbits for you. Former Labor Secretary Alexis Herman is whipping up support for her candidacy to head the Party in Little Rock this week and the Daschle-backed Leo Hindery is expected for a series of meetings in our Nation's Capital today.

Supporters of some candidates are musing about a "national chair"/"general chair" model that might team an elected official as CEO/spokesperson with a COO who runs the building, something Democrats have tried (successfully?) in the past.

The Wall Street Journal 's Gerald Seib endorses Gov. Mark Warner to lead the Democratic revival. How would one do that, you should ask?

"The first step, [Warner] says, is to get to the center on social issues — gun rights and abortion in particular — so they don't overshadow everything else."

If this isn't the high-water mark of Warner '08, we wonder what will eventually constitute that.

Adam Nagourney used to call page B5 home. He and his New York Times colleague Ray Hernandez appear on that page in New York regional print editions to deliver Howard Wolfson's "announcement" that Hillary Clinton will be seeking reelection to the United States Senate in 2006. But, as most of you no doubt realize, it's really a story about 2008. LINK

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