The Note: With No Apologies to Bill Safire

In a Sunday Washington Post op-ed looking at how the Granite State has gone Blue, David Broder wrote that if Gov. John Lynch (D-NH) chooses to endorse, "it will carry more weight than any Democratic endorsement in a long time." LINK

Be sure to read every word of Tom Beaumont's Sunday Des Moines Register story on the Hawkeye State experience surrounding Sen. Obama and the still unaffiliated John Norris' ability to dole out caucus advice while avoiding the "ask" to join Team Obama. LINK

The Appelby/Myers/Hildebrand/Axelrod/Harsted expertise should not be overlooked -- neither should the need for such expertise being greatest in Iowa which the nascent Obama campaign seems to understand.

The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz writes up Sen. Obama calling journalist Nicklaus Lovelady to apologize "for messing up your game" with a "pretty young thing" who gave him the cold shoulder after the Illinois Senator confused the baby-faced Lovelady for a college student. LINK

Todd Dorman of the Sioux City Journal writes that Gov. Tom Vilsack (D-IA) can only succeed in his bid for the Democratic nomination if he wins big in Iowa, all but conceding his prospects if he falls short. LINK

In a piece looking at former House impeachment manager Jim Rogan's nomination for a federal judgeship, the Washington Post's Al Kamen Notes that "there's a senator named Clinton" who will get to vote on his nomination. LINK

(A photo of Christine Rogan, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and James Rogan at a 1999 White House Christmas party accompanies the Kamen story in the hard copy of the paper.) The Providence Journal reports that Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) plans to headline a fundraiser in Rhode Island tomorrow, fresh off the tracks of fellow '08ers Sens. Clinton, Obama, and McCain and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. LINK

Outstanding House races:

The Wall Street Journal's Joel Millman takes a must-read look at how a remapped district and a hard-line immigration stance are weighing on Rep. Henry Bonilla (R-TX), a Republican incumbent who is facing a run-off on Dec. 12 against former Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D-TX).

Note the pressure Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) and the 21-member Hispanic Caucus are putting on Speaker Pelosi to make winning the district, which is now 50% Democratic and 61% Latino, a priority.

Political potpourri:

Bob Novak hearts Chuck Schumer and riddles his first graph with code words. LINK

Jill Lawrence of USA Today reports that Democratic candidates swept most suburban areas this past election as political analysts and sociologists are dissecting exit poll results to find out more about Americans' choices in 2006. LINK

Susan Page of USA Today on political lessons learned from this past November. LINK

The New York Times' Pam Belluck writes of the disappearing "New England Republican." LINK

The 2002 New Hampshire GOP phone scamming saga continues, as a judge plans to decide in a civil trial next week how much damage Republicans did when they jammed Democrats' GOTV lines election morning that year, the Union Leader's DiStaso reports. LINK

Newsweek's Campo-Flores looks at the continuing battle between the parties for the fast-growing Latino vote. LINK


The New York Post's Frankie Edozien writes on the growing speculation that New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is considering running for mayor. LINK

The week ahead:

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