The Note: The Deck's Stacked

Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) holds two book signings in Atlanta, GA. The first is at 2:00 pm ET at the Georgia Tech Bookstore and the second at 7:30 pm ET at the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum. He continues his book tour over the weekend in Greensboro and Charlotte, NC, and Columbia, SC. On Sunday at 7:00 pm ET, Former Sen. Edwards delivers the keynote address at the 2006 Heyward E. McDonald Lecture on Peace and Justice in the Rutledge Chapel at the University of South Carolina.

Former Gov. Mark Warner (D-VA) keynotes Virginia NARAL's fundraising lunch at the Alexandria Mark Hilton at 12:00 pm ET in Alexandria, VA.

The National Governors Association hosts a seminar today through Sunday for new governors at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, WV. Participants include NGA Chair Gov. Janet Napolitano (D-AZ), Vice Chair Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN), and Gov. Joe Manchin (D-WV).

The Free Congress Foundation Chairman and CEO Paul Weyrich host a forum to examine the implications of the recent elections. The event takes places at the Krieble Center in Washington, DC and the participants include Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO), and Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN).

DNC Chairman Howard Dean delivers the keynote address for the International Gay and Lesbian Leadership Conference tomorrow at 11:30 am ET in Houston, TX.

On Sunday, you will not want to miss "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" when George will be joined by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in an exclusive interview following McCain's formal opening of a presidential campaign committee this week. And incoming House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) will join George on Sunday morning on the heels of his victory over Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) for the Number Two slot in the Democratic House leadership. LINK

The Senate has adjourned until Tuesday December 5.

Enjoy your final pre-Thanksgiving installment of The Note today. The Note returns to a computer screen near you on Monday, November 27.

Hoyer defeats Murtha: Pelosi takes a hit:

On their evening newscasts last night, all three broadcast television networks portrayed the Hoyer victory as a political defeat for Nancy Pelosi as she prepares to assume her historic role as the first woman Speaker of the House.

The New York Times ed board strongly endorses that portrayal. LINK

As does Newsweek's Howard Fineman. LINK

The New York Times news account includes a lot of 'on the one hand, on the other' assessing of Nancy Pelosi's political judgment in backing Murtha's failed bid for Majority Leader and looks ahead to her next challenge -- choosing an Intelligence Committee chairman (or woman). LINK

Hoyer's "Man in the News" moment courtesy of the New York Times. LINK

"Pelosi's bruising," reads the New York Daily News headline. LINK

Playing up that fact that her colleagues gave her a lesson in the limits of her power, the Los Angeles Times writes that "Pelosi's failed effort to anoint her chief lieutenant fueled doubts among critics about the political skills she brings to leading her fractious party." LINK

The New York Post hints at some alleged threatened recriminations for members who chose not to support Murtha. LINK

In the aftermath of Murtha's defeat, New York Post columnist Deborah Orin-Eilbeck wonders if Nancy Pelosi has solidified an image as "Nancy Shrew" and, if so, what that may mean for other women who may seek national political prominence. LINK

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