The Note: Looking Down at the Shoes of Life

With Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) officially out of the race, prolific fundraiser Alan D. Solomont has signed on with the campaign of Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), Brian C. Mooney of the Boston Globe reports. Solomont has close ties to the Clintons, but says of Sen. Obama that he is "the sort of person America wants right now in the White House." LINK

2008: Democrats: Biden:

Twenty years after his presidential ambitions went down in a blaze of plagiarism, Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) might be the electable, national security choice in 2008, writes Wayne Woodlief of the Boston Herald. LINK

2008: Democrats: Dodd:

Beth Dufresne proposes in The Day that Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) could build a presidential campaign using his expertise on Latin American affairs.LINK

Sharpton coverage:

Rev. Al Sharpton made the rounds on Capitol Hill for his '08 "comparison shopping," as the New York Times' crafty Pat Healy puts it and emerged from his meetings apparently sounding somewhat more comfortable and impressed with Sen. Clinton than with Sen. Obama. Sharpton also met with Sens. Dodd and Biden. Rev. Sharpton plans to whether or not to seek the presidency again in 2008 at some point this spring, reports Healy. LINK

The Washington Times' front page has a large photo of Sen. Obama with Sharpton under a "Shaprton: Step up or I'll run in '08" header. LINK

The New York Daily News' Bazinet and McAuliff use the Sharpton peg to take a look at the battle for black voters in the Democratic nomination contest. LINK

ABC News' Jennifer Parker on Sharpton's meetings with Democratic '08ers. LINK

On the heals of Sen. Obama's meeting with Rev. Al Sharpton yesterday, Christi Parsons of the Chicago Tribune reports that Sen. Obama is not worried about whether "a biracial Harvard-educated lawyer, will prove 'black enough' to black voters in a national election." LINK

Sweet also has Obama downplaying the Notion that he would have trouble winning the votes of African-Americans: "If you look at the black vote in my U.S. Senate race or my approval ratings back in Illinois, I feel pretty confident that once folks know who I am, then we will be just fine." LINK

Kerry bows out:

In an interview with the Boston Herald's Dave Wedge, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) says of his inner-circle, "Nine-tenths of them wanted me to run. I had an enormous amount of pressure to run. But I had to go with what was in my gut. My gut told me this was not the right time. Period." LINK

The Globe's Rick Klein has his own interview covering much the same ground as well. LINK

2008: Senate:

Rob Christensen of the News and Observer looks at the way in which Sen. Elizabeth Dole's (R-NC) 2008 re-election campaign might be impacting her Iraq stance. LINK

New Hampshire:

ABC News' Aaron Katersky reports from New Hampshire that some locals are amazed that presidential hopefuls are already visiting New Hampshire, a year before the primary. This weekend the Granite State will play host to Giuliani and Tancredo. Romney and Clinton will swing through the state next week.

Helen Kennedy of the New York Daily News offers up a look at the '08 Granite State landscape in advance of Giuliani's trip there this weekend. LINK

Democratic agenda:

Politico's Josephine Hearn takes a look at the temporarily dry powder between Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) and Speaker Pelosi. LINK

DLC Chairman Harold Ford, Jr.:

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