The Note: The President Is Still Relevant Here


Nothing we could possibly write would survive beyond the now-planned doubleheader of Pelosi (noon) and Bush (1 pm ET) press conferences.

Tomorrow, the two are expected to have lunch together (perhaps with others) at Casa Blanca. When the President learns that the Speaker-Presumptive eats ice cream for breakfast, we think both will view this as the start of a beautiful relationship -- or, at least, a mutually beneficial one.

This morning, the POTUS and Rep. Pelosi had a nice phone chat, at Mr. Bush's initiative, one of many calls he placed to incoming and outgoing leaders of both parties.

So finish getting through your must-read Baker and Vandy (in the Washington Post and including what amounts to John Weaver's announcing John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign on the Senator's behalf LINK and Brownstein in the Los Angeles Times (enjoy him now, before the world loses him again to book leave LINK) and get ready for the contrast in styles, substance, suits, reporters' questions, cadence, staff prep, and purpose that is about to become our collective lives.

At this writing, the Senate races in Montana and Virginia, both of which Democrats need to take control of the upper chamber, hang in suspended animation. Check back to throughout the day for the latest on these two battles. LINK. Both races are sure to have developments throughout the day, maybe even by the time you read this.

In other events today at which credit will be taken, bestowed, and worn lightly:

DNC Chairman Gov. Howard Dean (D-VT) holds a post-election press conference at 10:00 am ET. at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Dean then holds another press conference with Democratic Governors Association Chair Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) at 1:30 pm ET in Washington, D.C.

DCCC Chairman Rep. Rahm Emanuel, who all but announced his candidacy for the whip post this morning, holds a briefing with reporters at 11:00 am ET at the DNC in Washington, D.C.

Emanuel's ironically re-elected counterpart, NRCC Chairman Rep Tom Reynolds (R-NY), holds a post-election press conference a bit earlier at 9:30 am ET in Washington DC.

Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D-TN) holds a press conference at 4:30 pm ET in Memphis, TN.

Former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) is scheduled this evening to attend the International Rescue Committee's Freedom Award Dinner in New York, NY.

Sherrod Brown holds a press conference from 8:45 am to 9:30 am ET. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cleveland, OH.

Emily's List holds a post-election briefing to celebrate the victory of Democratic women candidates at 2:00 pm ET. in Washington, D.C.

The AARP hosts a discussion "Moving Forward: Midterm Election Results and the New Congress" with Charlie Cook, The Hotline's Chuck Todd, Mike McCurry, former press secretary for President Clinton; Mark McKinnon, media adviser to President Bush; and David Sloane of AARP at 2:30 pm ET. at the National Press Club.

The AFL-CIO hosts a post-election news conference with CEO John Sweeney at 12:30 pm ET. at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The American Conservation Union hosts a news conference at the National Press Club on the "Meaning of the Midterms" for conservationists at 10:00 am ET.

Douglas Schoen, chairman of Penn, Schoen and Berland Associates, and Ed Goeas, president and CEO of the Tarrance Group participate in a conference call to analyze voter turnout and behavior at 10:00 am ET.

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