The Note: The Majority Party

Under a "Vilsack Faces Hurdles in 2008" header, the Washington Post's Zachary Goldfarb Notes that Vilsack's campaign manger is Craig Varoga, a veteran of the 1996 and 2000 Democratic presidential campaigns and of retired Gen. Wesley Clark's 2004 primary bid. LINK

James O'Toole of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette profiles Pittsburgher Vilsack. LINK

Per John DiStaso in today's Union Leader, Vilsack already has his first New Hampshire fundraiser, Stonyfield Farms president and CEO Gary Hirshberg. LINK

The New York Sun's Josh Gerstein includes Joe Trippi's reporting that Vilsack wowed attendees at the wonky Renaissance Weekend last winter as well as Trippi's apparent belief that Vilsack will have to show some strength in New Hampshire and South Carolina before Iowans begin taking his presidential prospects seriously. LINK

Thomas Beaumont of the Des Moines Register discusses the potential challenges of Vilsack's presidential nomination run: "his candidacy was viewed as serious and that its biggest obstacle was becoming better known among a field of prospects that includes superstar names. "LINK

Jane Norman of the Des Moines Register describes Iowa's congressional delegation's reaction to Gov. Vilsack's announcement. LINK

Todd Dorman of the Quad City Times believes it's a "rocky road to the White House" for Gov. Vilsack as he "will be under heavy pressure to dominate Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses even though Iowa Democrats have yet to embrace his aspirations." LINK

The New York Post's Haberman reports that before making his '08 announcement, Gov. Vilsack made courtesy calls to other presidential hopefuls, including Sen. Clinton. LINK

Coming to a Sunday show near you: the Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire has an Edwards adviser reacting to Vilsack's entry by saying: "What we have to do is win Iowa."

Maureen Groppe of Gannett News Service reports, Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) told reporters Thursday that "most Americans don't know what Democrats stand for despite the party's electoral success." LINK

Bayh also maturely expressed a little Obama envy.

The Washington Wire has Democratic strategist Steve Elmendorf calling Sen. Bayh "the front-runner" for the conservative slot vacated by ex-Virginia Gov. Warner's departure from 2008 field. "Bayh touts Democratic pickup of three Indiana House seats; he had also dispatched staffers to help campaigns in Iowa and New Hampshire."

Sen. Bayh's All America PAC plans to distribute a memo to "interested parties" today touting the PAC's work in the midterm election. Not so subtly, the memo's lede section is entitled, "Moderate Heartland Democrats Gave Democrats Their Victory in 2006."

The memo concludes with some Bayh travel plans: "Senator Bayh told the Associated Press yesterday that he would wait until after the holidays to make an announcement. In the meantime, Bayh will continue to aggressively travel the country and with visits to Iowa and New Hampshire planned before the end of the year."

2008: Republicans:

The New York Daily News' Ben Smith includes this from Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) on his blog: "'We'll be making the mechanical steps within the next few weeks to move forward,' he said of his presidential bid, saying later he means he'll be filing papers to start what's typically an exploratory committee." LINK

It looks like Gov. Mitt Romney will not be able to point to his home state as a beacon of beating back same-sex marriage while out on the 2008 campaign trail.

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