The Note: Sentimental Journey

The Boston Globe's Yvonne Abraham tails Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney through his mostly business schedule in New Orleans and notices that he smiled (faintly) when a panelist mentioned him as a 2008 presidential hopeful. Fellow governors Kenny Guinn and Mike Rounds (Nevada and South Dakota) have kind words for the man. LINK

In the Wall Street Journal, Jeanne Cummings has crunched the numbers from Ohio and concludes that Bush won there because he sold the tax cuts well to rural residents and business owners; he convinced folks that Kerry seemed too European; and, yeah, maybe a bit of gay marriage and cultural values thrown in the mix.

The AP's Ron Fournier updates the Kerry nomination bank account story and ends with two interesting paragraphs. LINK

"One member of Kerry's inner circle said the failure to spend the money cost Kerry victory in a close election. Another said the fact that Kerry had $45 million in the primary campaign account in mid-October raises questions about why he did not opt out of the campaign finance system for the general election to avoid spending limits.

"Although some officials pointed fingers at campaign manager Mary Beth Cahill, others said Kerry knew there was a big surplus in his primary campaign account. They said he wanted to save it in the event of a recount, legal challenges or other unforeseen expenses. In the end, they said, Kerry's nest egg will be less than $10 million."

Rick Klein and Charles Savage in the Boston Globe -- remembering for the entire paper how good it makes them feel to play "Pile on John Kerry" -- include disappointed quotes from Gordon Fischer and Dan Mongiardo. LINK

OK: not for the ENTIRE paper: Scot Lehigh uses his Globe column to state his belief that Sen. Kerry campaign made serious errors in judgment and that, not 60,000 votes in Ohio, caused him to lose the election. LINK

The Alan Greenspan take-out on the front page of the Wall Street Journal is food for thought. We'd link to it but the Journal Web site is down at this writing.

See all y'all soon.

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