The Note: The Way to Win, Chappaqua Style

Haberman also reports that Rev. Al Sharpton is expected to meet with both Sen. Clinton and Sen. Obama this week in Washington, DC and that another powerful African American New Yorker, Rep. Charlie Rangel is leaning towards supporting his home state candidate -- Sen. Clinton.

"The decision to make health care her first issue out of the box was notable in that she was widely criticized for her failed effort to reform the nation's health system during husband Bill Clinton's presidency," writes Celeste Katz of the New York Daily News. LINK

The Washington Post's Anne E. Kornblut saw Sen. Clinton's first stop as an effort "to strengthen her appeal to women." LINK

2008: Democrats: Clinton: electability:

The Washington Post's Dan Balz reports that Clinton's campaign wasted no time confronting the electability issue. Her campaign posted a 1,250-word memo from strategist and pollster Mark Penn that begins: "People are always asking, can Hillary Clinton win the presidency? Of course she can." LINK

Glenn Thrush of Newsday calls Penn's memo the "opening salvo" against Obama and Edwards. Hot Soup's Ron Fournier on the "flawed but formidable" Clinton. LINK

"Analysts, Clinton insiders, opponents and political operatives across the country say victory is possible -- but the New York senator will have no room for error," write Ken Bazinet and Michael McAuliff of the New York Daily News. LINK

"Her first job will be knocking down the conventional wisdom that's dogged her since her first run for Senate: that she's too polarizing and unelectable nationally."

A pumped Washington Post ed board views Clinton's entrance into the Democratic presidential race favorably, but points to two challenges she will have: getting the Democratic bases to forgive her for her position of the war, and overcoming the notions that she isn't electable. LINK

2008: Democrats: Clinton: GOP reaction:

The New York Post's Geoff Earle writes up the McCain, Gingrich, and Brownback reactions to Sen. Clinton's candidacy from their Sunday morning show appearances. As you might expect, they all find her formidable. LINK

2008: Democrats: Clinton: FPOTUS 42:

The New York Post looks at the portion of Terry McAuliffe's new book which includes the anecdote of how McAuliffe came to loan the Clinton's $1.3 million for their Chappaqua home after the First Family was turned down for a bank loan. LINK

Clinton: analysis:

". . . she has told friends that she is more worried about winning the Democratic nomination than winning a general election against a Republican," wrote Pat Healy in his New York Times analysis on Sunday. LINK

2008: Democrats: Clinton vs. Obama:

Pat Healy and Jeff Zeleny of the New York Times included (outlier) billionaire George Soros' decision to go with Obama over Clinton in the fifth graph of their Page One New York Times story on Sunday on Clinton's entrance into the race. LINK

". . . the Obama Moment has passed. This is not to deny Obama's formidable challenge to Hillary or the profound seriousness of his candidacy. But he's a little like the winner of "American Idol" going up against a rock superstar who has spent decades in the spotlight," wrote John Podhoretz in his Sunday New York Post column. LINK

". . .at the moment, Obama appears to be driving the train, with Hillary scrambling to hop on board," wrote the New York Post editorial board on Sunday in an editorial that is (un)surprisingly critical of Sen. Clinton's candidacy. LINK

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