The Note: By Their Leaders We Shall Know Them


To pass the time while we all wait for Jim Baker (and Lee Hamilton) to tell us how it's going to be: The Senate Armed Services Committee holds an 11:00 am ET hearing on the current military situation in Iraq and Afghanistan.

President Bush makes his way to Singapore to take part in a cultural event at 9:00 pm ET.

The trip is smartly curtain-raised for Note readers and the world by the good folks at Bloomberg News and the AP. LINK and LINK

Note guess: the President is already wishing that this trip was over and is ready to come home.

Back in the United States, Senate Republicans meet at 9:30 am ET to decide whether Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) or Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) will be their new whip. Senate GOPers are expected to announce the results of their vote at an 11:00 am ET news conference.

Note admission: our whip count on this one is weak.

Elsewhere on Capitol Hill, Sen. Evan Bayh holds a 2:30 pm ET availability in Russell 463 with the three newly elected House Democrats from Indiana – Joe Donnelly, Brad Ellsworth, and Baron Hill -- that Dan Pfeiffer likes to call "walking, talking examples of Bayh's Red State appeal."

Note prediction: this event will evince Hoosier Values.

Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) delivers 7:30 pm ET (closed press) remarks to the annual Robert L. Bartley dinner hosted by the American Spectator at Washington, DC's Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

Note prediction: all in attendance will count the number of times that the Governor tries to rhetorically outflank John McCain on the right.

Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) and former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) speak to activists from one of Wal-Mart's most vociferous union-backed critics today as debate over the world's largest retailer becomes increasingly political, the Associated Press reports. LINK

Edwards discusses his new book "Home: the Blueprints of our Lives" at the Borders on L Street in Washington, DC at 7:00 pm ET.

Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) presents the Arkansas Community of Excellence Award at Mayflower Middle School at 6:30 pm ET. At 8:00 pm ET he participates in "Arkansas Ask" for the Arkansas Educational Television Network.

The Blue Dog Coalition holds a news conference to introduce the nine new Blue Dog-elect Democrats, announce their leadership, and outline their philosophy for the 110th Congress in Washington, DC at 11:00 am ET.

Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and Pat Buchanan are just two of the authors speaking at the Annual Book Fair and Authors' Night at the National Press Club at 5:30 pm ET in Washington, DC.

Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) and Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL) headline a news conference at the Capitol to discuss electronic voting machine issues in the wake of the 2006 elections and the voting controversies in New Jersey and Florida at 1:00 pm ET.

Hotline editor Chuck Todd was scheduled to moderate a briefing on post-election Hotline/Diageo polls at the Watergate in Washington, DC at 8:15 am ET.

Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) celebrates his 59th birthday.


According to an AP-Ipsos poll, "more Americans rank Iraq as the top priority of the new Democratic-controlled Congress, but nearly three out of five say the party does not have a plan to deal with the war." LINK

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