The Note: No Hurry for That Final Disappointment

"'I think it's a contrast between me and the other candidates,' Obama said in a Des Moines Register interview. 'I have consistently believed that this war was not just a problem of execution, but was a problem of conception.'"

Note that Obama's campaign circulated a pamphlet Saturday that included the text of a 2002 speech he gave as a state senator, objecting to a U.S.-led invasion of Iraq as well as Sen. Obama drawing comparisons between his campaign and the 2004 campaign of Howard Dean.

Fred Dicker of the New York Post blindly quotes a Democratic activist supportive of Sen. Clinton's candidacy talking about what he sees as Rev. Al Sharpton's furor over Sen. Obama's candidacy. LINK

"'It's driving Al crazy that Obama is as impressive and popular as he is, and he's not happy about it,' said another black Democratic activist. 'Sharpton is just terrified of being overshadowed by someone of Obama's class and character.'"

The Chicago Sun-Times' Lynn Sweet reports, without much evidence, that Michelle Obama will play a more public role in her husband's campaign. LINK

2008: Democrats: Edwards:

In Sunday's Washington Post, Dan Balz reported that Sen. Edwards' 2004 emphasis on biography has given way to a 2008 focus on issues, where there has been a "demonstrable shift to the left -- on the Iraq war, health care and the federal budget deficit." LINK

In a Friday interview with the Washington Post, Edwards said concerns from liberal activists about Fox's sponsorship of the Nevada Democratic Party debate had no influence on his decision to announce that he would not participate.

"'I saw the list of debates that we had and the list of things we're doing specific in Nevada, and I said, 'Why are we doing Fox?' I said, 'No, tell them no.' ' Asked whether he knew about the bloggers' concerns, Edwards said, 'I didn't personally know, no.'"

"He called on Saturday to say: 'The correct answer to that is I was generically aware that the Net-roots hates Fox. I did not know about any specific activity about this.'"

On the fundraising front, Balz had unnamed party strategists saying Edwards "must not be a distant third behind Clinton and Obama" when first-quarter totals are released at the end of this month.

The New York Times' John Broder wrote a Saturday story about the "critical" role Iowa is likely to play in Sen. Edwards' bid for the White House. LINK

Elizabeth Edwards' bout with cancer helped shape Edwards' health care policy, which is a cornerstone in his campaign. LINK

2008: Democrats: Richardson:

Jeff Jones of the Albuquerque Journal reports on Gov. Richardson's skillful use of his former post as chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, doling out funds to races in states like Nevada and Iowa. "I think a lot of the party individuals know that I was helpful. But I'm not playing on that," said Gov. Richardson, "I'm just going issue to issue, voter to voter." LINK


Christi Parsons finds veteran Iowa caucus goers disappointed by the large scale, less intimate campaign style this go round. The Chicago Tribune has the "high celebrity quotient" that's forcing candidates to pack ballrooms -- instead of living rooms -- 10 months before the caucuses. LINK


A statewide poll in Nevada found Clinton and Giuliani ahead of the bunch, with Giuliani having a slight edge over Junior Senator from New York. LINK

2008: Senate:

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