The Note: Clean as a Whistle

"To even have these choices is historic," said an undecided Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI), "I am still basking in the delight in having choices that I ordinarily would not have."

2008: Democrats: Clinton:

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed that is a must-read for the Clinton campaign and for those who underestimate the Right's concerns about Hillary Clinton being elected, Fred Barnes writes that Sen. Clinton made herself electable during her first term in the Senate. But given the pressure she is now feeling from her party's liberal base and her Democratic opponents, "it's now very much in doubt" whether she can add one populous red state or two smaller ones to the Kerry states. "She's already becoming more liberal than it's safe to be in a presidential election in a nation with an enduring center-right majority."

Barnes' focus is on Iraq. His analysis might be right, or it might be wrong.

Due to the death of former President Clinton's stepfather, Sen. Clinton has cancelled her planned trip to New Hampshire this weekend. John DiStaso has more in his Granite Status column in the New Hampshire Union Leader. LINK

Sen. Clinton said that Americans are not looking for "group hug" bipartisanship in a speech yesterday. ABC News' Matthew Zavala has more. LINK

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) "first made fun of her fellow N.Y. legislator's [Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY)] attempts to hog the Monday morning headlines: "He's the hardest working man in Washington. On the seventh day, the Lord rested, but Chuck did press conferences." Ba-dum bum," writes the New York Daily News. LINK

2008: Democrats: Obama:

Elana Schor of The Hill on Obama's introduction of legislation aimed at election fraud and comments that Obama is using the spotlight to help his legislation, but also to show potential voters the issues that are important to him. LINK

Christi Parsons of the Chicago Tribune reports that Obama's team is readying for his Feb. 10 announcement.LINK

Lynn Sweet reports that Sen. Obama is ready to fundraise after his Feb 10 announcement with events in Chicago scheduled for the following day. Sweet also Notes that Penny Pritzker will be his national finance chairman and that Pritzker had donated to the Bush campaign in the past. LINK

The Washington Times' DeBose writes Sen. Obama's "success in quickly assembling a staff is remarkable because his decision to enter the 2008 presidential campaign was reached only in the past two months." LINK

2008: Democrats : Edwards:

While in New Hampshire yesterday, Sen. Edwards called himself a candidate of "transformational change," and criticized the debate over Iraq resolutions in the Senate saying, "They'll object, they'll give speeches, they'll pass nonbinding resolutions, they'll talk about how bad he is and how bad the escalation is and then at the end, they'll go along. It's time to stop going along." The AP's Holly Ramer has the story. LINK

2008: Democrats : Dodd:

Former New Hampshire Democratic Chairman Joe Keefe joins up with his sister's cause and signs on with Team Dodd, reports John DiStaso in his Granite Status column. LINK

2008: Democrats: Gore:

The Associated Press reports that former Vice President Al Gore is a nominee for the 2007 Nobel Peace Price for his work on global warming. LINK


"Hillary shines, while Vilsack's a hyphen," writes Des Moines Register's Marc Hansen. LINK

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