The Note: Brutal Honesty

Daniel Weintraub of the Sacramento Bee writes on Giuliani's sudden rise from a long shot presidential hopeful to now a force with which others in the race for the nomination will have to contend. LINK

2008: Republicans: McCain:

Sen. McCain has already doubled the number of Republican Senators endorsing his 2008 presidential bid than did his 2000 run, report Politico's Jonathan Martin and Daniel Reilly in a story looking at the "chase for Senate support." LINK

The Arizona Republic's Dan Norwicki reports on the "couples therapy" between Sen. McCain and the "uncompromising partisans" of the right-wing blogosphere. LINK

"John Chambers, chairman and CEO of Cisco, will serve as McCain's national co-chair and economic and technology advisor," per a campaign release.

The Boston Globe's Stephanie Ebbert reports that Romney predecessor former acting Gov. Jane Swift (R-MA) has thrown her support behind McCain. LINK

2008: Republicans: Romney:

Ann Romney discusses her battle with MS, stem cell research, abortion, and debunks Mormonism myths in a must-read interview with ABC News' Kate Snow. LINK

"Over half of the Republicans in the Michigan State Legislature are now supporting Governor Romney," per a campaign press release.

"Three of the Bay State's five Republican senators said they plan to endorse someone other than Romney in 2008, a surprising defection given that they used to offer Romney's only ideological support on a Beacon Hill where liberal Democrats rule," writes the Boston Herald's Casey Ross. LINK

Romney plans to give the commencement address at Pat Robertson's Regent University. LINK

New Hampshire GOP heavyweight Tom Rath offers up some homespun wisdom to John DiStaso in explaining Gov. Romney's weather-related postponement of yesterday's planned Granite State visit. LINK

In an Los Angeles Times op-ed, author Zev Chafets dismisses accusations that Romney's choice of the Henry Ford museum linked him with anti-Semitism. LINK

2008: Republicans: Tancredo:

M.E. Sprengelmeyer of the Rocky Mountain News reports on Rep. Keith Ellison's (D-MN) office tattling on Rep. Tancredo's cigar smoking, writing, "Tancredo said he has no plans to quit his occasional cigar smoking, but as a 'peace offering' he joked that he might invite Ellison over for a cigar." LINK

2008: Republicans: Huckabee:

Little Rock station KHTV takes a look at Gov. Huckabee opening his campaign headquarters. LINK

2008: Democrats: Obama:

Gov. Tim Kaine (D-VA) is expected to endorse Sen. Obama's run for the White House when the Senator joins Kaine at the Virginia Democrats' Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner in Richmond on Saturday. Gov. Kaine -- whose endorsement of Sen. Lieberman in the 2004 contest is not likely to be an Obama talking point -- has said that Sen. Obama was "real helpful" in his own 2005 run for governor. LINK

Washington Post on same: LINK

The Note will remain skeptical of the power of individual endorsements from politicians throughout the cycle. And/but a gubernatorial endorsement is always a nice nab as a statewide political network can sometimes come along with it. Gov. Kaine fits the Obama campaign narrative of a "new kind" of Democrat who attempts to rise above the partisan fray. And if conventional wisdom gets upended and no nominee has emerged by February 5, Virginia is the next big event on the calendar with its primary currently slated for February 12.

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