The Note: Follow My Lead, Oh, How I Need

"The video clip may have been trivial, but the brief episode surrounding it illustrated how visual and audio technologies like video streaming have the potential to drive political news in unexpected directions, and how White House candidates are aggressively monitoring and trying to master them," writes Healy.

As always, Kevin Madden is willing to play political pundit.

2008: Republicans:

With the global warming debate heating up on Capitol Hill yesterday, Sen. McCain led the call of concern -- as opposed to Mitt Romney who has stayed relatively mum on the subject, reports Janet Hook and Richard Simon of the Los Angeles Times. LINK

2008: Republicans: McCain:

"GOP Reps. Spencer Bachus (Ala.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), Dan Lungren (Calif.), John Shimkus (Ill.), John Shadegg (Ariz.) and Fred Upton (Mich.) will serve as McCain's emissaries in the House, with additions to the team expected to be announced later," writes Roll Call's Whittington.

In a press release, Sen. McCain's campaign announced today that "Fred Zeidman has joined the Arizona Senator's team and will serve as National Vice Chair for Jewish Outreach."

The Montgomery Advertiser reports that Dax Swatek, who managed Gov. Bob Riley's (R-AL) campaign, has signed up with Team McCain as an Alabama adviser. LINK

(We may have a winner for the "most Sci-Fi name for a campaign adviser" award.)

The Arizona Republic's Dan Nowicki examines how Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is talking his time to officially announce his presidential candidacy. LINK

2008: Republicans: Romney:

The State's Aaron Gould Sheinin writes up Gov. Romney's Columbia, SC visit and appeal for support. LINK

Romney's veto on a budget provision in 2003 that would have reimbursed Massachusetts nursing homes in for giving kosher meals to Jewish residents on Medicaid may hurt his chances in wooing the Jewish community, per the Politico's Ryan Grim. LINK

In a New York Sun opinion piece, Eli Lake looks at Gov. Romney's conversion on some issues and particularly examines the "Reagan Republican" label, saying, "The former Massachusetts governor parts his hair the way Reagan did, his voice sometimes dips into the Gipper's slight gravel, and he holds his arms and shoulders loosely near his side. Don't be surprised if he starts answering questions from reporters, smiling, with the preposition, 'well.'" LINK

2008: Republicans: Giuliani:

New York Daily News columnist Mike Lupica uses everything but his September 11 performance to dispel what he see as the Giuliani "myth." LINK

"When you are the mythical mayor of America, instead of a declared candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States, it means nobody wants to talk about what kind of mayor of New York City you were before Sept. 11, 2001. That is a real good thing for Giuliani."

Previewing his Thursday Texas fundraiser and eating Bloomberg dust, The New York Observer's Anna Schneider-Mayerson looks at former Mayor Giuliani's efforts to use his law firm to court big-name, big money Bush bundlers. LINK

2008: Republicans: Huckabee:

In an interview with the AP's Mike Glover, Huckabee said: "I think the reality has set in that Republicans got beat because they deserved to. They failed to act like Republicans." LINK

The Des Moines Register's Grant Schulte highlights Huckabee's focus on health, migrants, music, and art. LINK

2008: Republicans: Brownback:

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