The Note: His Legacy and Her Future

"Mrs. Clinton's advisers said the most obvious complication would be questions about whether she would promise to serve out another term; such demands would be particularly insistent in the intense news media environment of New York. Her husband, in running for another term as governor of Arkansas in 1990, vowed to serve out his four-year term. But Mr. Clinton broke that pledge in 1992 to run for president."

"Mrs. Clinton's advisers said she was unlikely to borrow her husband's model for dealing with the pledge. Instead, they said, they were looking at the model of another governor who was recently elected president: George W. Bush. When he ran for re-election as governor of Texas in 1998, Mr. Bush was forthright about the possibility of leaving for the presidency. 'I don't know whether I'll seek the presidency or not,' he said at one debate, telling voters that 'if that bothers you when you go into the voting booth, then make that part of your consideration.'"

So, Senator Clinton reaffirms her decision to run for re-election. Again. Once more. And there isn't anyone on the record saying she shouldn't run, although a certain "Crossfire" host seems awfully (and uncharacteristically) humminah/humminah/humminah. But we do wonder what qualifies as "an adviser to Senator Clinton" at this point.

With a Little Rock dateline, Ken Bazinet of the New York Daily News takes a look at the library opening as Senator Clinton's launching pad for a 2008 presidential run … or not. LINK

And there are supportive quotes from PJ Soles, Julia Stiles, and Jennifer Aniston. Or, rather, PJ Crowley, Julia Payne, and Jennifer Palmieri.

The Vito Fossella fueled Hillary vs. Colin silliness gets some New York tabloid play. LINK and LINK

John Kerry's return home from the political battlefield appears to have been far less controversial than his return from that other battlefield more than three decades ago.

Todd Purdum of the New York Times does his usual stellar job with atmospherics including offering up the Senator's first day back lunch menu of shrimp, broccoli, green beans, and rice (Communist cuisine, it might have been pointed out in a different context). Purdum also gives play to the warm welcomes from his colleagues and staff and a look ahead to Kerry's expected first floor speech on raising the debt ceiling. LINK

The Washington Post 's Mark Leibovich (who has the Chinese lunch menu too) paints a picture of Senator John Kerry's return to his day job. Seems like a normal day for the junior Senator from Massachusetts — one without make-up, Secret Service, and reporters. LINK

Senator Kerry did have some time for his hometown TV affiliates. The AP's Mary Dalrymple writes those up and Notes the encouragement Senator Kerry is seemingly receiving from his Democratic colleagues. LINK

Al From and other Democrats are seeking ways to bring religion to the party reports The New York Times ' David Kirkpatrick, who may just soon add the "religious left" to his beat. LINK

Note to Mr. Kirkpatrick: a there's big difference between having a pro-life Dem speak about being pro-life at a national convention and having pro-choice Republicans speak about (heavily vetted) other stuff at a national convention.

Paul Farhi of the Washington Post acknowledges a new dilemma facing conservative talk radio hosts whose favored politicians are leading the country, leaving less "us-v.-them" for them to talk about. LINK

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