The Note: The Way to Win, Chappaqua Style

As part of the reassessment of McCain, "several Republicans pointed to last week's news that prominent national strategist and former Minnesota Rep. Vin Weber, one of Mr. McCain's earliest supporters in 2000 against then-Gov. George Bush, has become Mr. Romney's policy chairman."

"Mr. Weber, in an interview, declined to address Mr. McCain's war woes. But, anticipating that Democrats will choose Mrs. Clinton, he said, 'Republicans are increasingly beginning to see that if Democrats are going to nominate the consummate insider, ... perhaps that gives us our ultimate opening -- a face from outside Washington. Maybe it's Romney, maybe it's Giuliani, maybe it's Huckabee. I think it's Romney. But nobody's made the sale yet. It's still early.'"

2008: Republicans: Brownback:

In his Sunday appearance on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," Sen. Brownback said he would not join Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) in voting for a resolution opposing the President's sending of more troops to Iraq.

"That doesn't give us a route forward," said Sen. Brownback. "That just says, OK, we're against this. What I think we really have got to do today is sit down with Democrat leaders and say, what will you support?"

In a guest column in the Washington Times, Sen. Brownback marks today's March for Life rally in Washington by stressing the need for Republicans to embrace a "Culture of Life" and fight against abortion. LINK

" My family and I are taking the first steps on the yellow brick road to the White House," said Brownback as he declared his candidacy on Saturday. LINK

2008: Republicans: McCain:

The Washington Post on Sen. McCain saying on "Meet the Press" that he may oppose President Bush's appointment of Gen. George Casey. LINK

2008: Republicans: Romney:

In their USA Today column, David Campbell and J. Quin Monson await Gov. Romney's score on "the religious test" and liken his challenge to former President Kennedy's. LINK

2008: Republicans: Hagel

Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) didn't completely rule out a bid as an independent" over the weekend, reports the Omaha World-Herald. LINK

2008: Republicans: Pataki:

The New York Post's Fred Dicker reports that Gov. Spitzer wants an accounting for a private jet Gov. Pataki chartered shortly before leaving office. LINK

2008: Democrats: Richardson:

With a web video and an appearance on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) got into the presidential race over the weekend.

Be sure to Note that while appearing on "This Week," Gov. Richardson voiced his support for cutting off funding for U.S. troops in Iraq.

ABC News' Jonathan Greenberger reported Sunday that Gov. Richardson made clear in his "This Week" interview that he will try to "leverage his background by drawing a contrast between the extent of his experiences and those of his likely competitors for the nomination." LINK

More from the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza: LINK

". . . Mr. Richardson is also a strong fund-raiser. While chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, he raised more than $28 million for candidates for governor," writes Matthew Wald of the New York Times. LINK

"N.M. Gov Throws Sombrero Into Ring," reads a New York Post headline above an Associated Press story about Gov. Richardson's entrance into the presidential contest. The New York Daily News' Goldiner writes up Gov. Richardson's "This Week" appearance. LINK

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