The Note: The Courage To Create Change

Coverage of Vilsack's announcement by the Wall Street Journal's John Harwood seems to say more about Sen. Obama than it does about Gov. Vilsack. "The person with the greatest chance of altering the race appears to be Sen. Barack Obama . . . whose message of hope and optimism has created a political sensation."

Democratic pollster Peter Hart goes on to call Sen. Obama the "Robert Kennedy of American politics for 2008."

Mike Glover of the Associated Press reports that in his announcement kick-off, Vilsack emphasized oil dependence, national security, and the economy "vowing to have the 'courage to create change.'" LINK

Thomas Beaumont of the Des Moines Register writes up the kick off of Vilsack's announcement tour with critics believing, "a non-Washington background, an interesting upbringing and a multistate campaign launch are not guarantees that Vilsack can compete the better-known candidates." LINK

Jonathon Roos also of the Des Moines Register writes of Vilsack's advantage for the Iowa caucuses since many of the other candidates "are from the sophisticated east coast. Most will likely have to consult an atlas to find Iowa after they've gone to Ohio first." LINK

Todd Dorman of the Quad City Times focuses on Vilsack's "underdog" status and what's next for his announcement tour. LINK

Tim Jones of the Chicago Tribune reports on Gov. Vilsack's enthusiastic and early presidential launch for 2008 and that time may be on his side. Note readers will find much to love in this story, including the references to Harwood, Winnie the Pooh, and Mark Twain. LINK

More on Vilsack's policies from the Chicago Tribune. LINK

The Quad City Times explores how Vilsack appeals to voters though "his governance and campaign style never had the bombast to draw crowds. Instead, he pursued agendas and tactics that elicited 'hmms,' and other reflective utterances." LINK

2008:

Mike Dorning of the Chicago Tribune Notes Sen. Barack Obama's (D-IL) appearance today with Sen. Brownback (R-KS) at evangelist's Rick Warren organized World Aids event at California church and what the attendance to the religious event means for party politics. LINK

Hotsoup.com's Ron Fournier writes about the inability of both Democrats and Republicans to stake a valid claim on American suburbia and exurbia. "It's not clear that Democrats are any more in touch with mainstream America, but they have loosened the GOP's grip on the politically potent exurbs," adding that it is yet to be seen whether Democrats will be able to maintain their meek grip, and/or strengthen it, in the 2008 elections. LINK

2008: Republicans:

After referring to the "really mixed" polling on whether the public would back a Mormon for president if that is all they knew about the candidate, Romney pollster Jan van Lohuizen said at yesterday's 2008 Republican panel discussion sponsored by The Hotline: "Okay, we're not going to run on the Mormon ticket. We got it." ABC News' Teddy Davis has more on the Political Radar: LINK

Romney pushes towards one last battle on the same-sex marriage issue, Notes the Boston Globe. LINK

In a piece looking at RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman's warning to the nation's Republican governors that that the GOP will "lose again in 2008" if the party does not "change government for changing times," the Washington Post's Shailagh Murray Notes that Mehlman "singled out an effort by outgoing Gov. Mitt Romney . . . to expand health-care coverage to all Massachusetts residents." LINK

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