More Cook: "A visible stream through this 2008 campaign is of romantic, idealistic voters on both sides. Conservatives and even evangelicals are clutching to former Republican New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's strength in leadership, seemingly oblivious of his positions on issues that have historically been of great importance to them."
"And, on the Democratic side, we see Clinton's rival, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, as the modern day John F. Kennedy, based on a projected image rather than a track record or experience. Clearly Clinton is not trying to out-Kennedy Obama, is not playing the passion card hard. She's playing her own game, solidly and competently, almost serenely, betting that Obama's aura will fade as the caucuses and primaries near."
The New York Post's Geoff Earle writes up the Post exclusive on Sen. Clinton's "superdelegates" who would "sway the outcome of the Democratic convention should it come to that." LINK
The New York Daily News' Helen Kennedy on the backlash from Sen. Clinton and others on Halliburton's move to Dubai. LINK
2008: Democrats: Obama:
Per the Chicago Sun Times, Rev. Al Sharpton had some cautionary words yesterday for Sen. Obama and warned him not to take the black vote for granted. LINK
The Chicago Sun Times' Hunter writes that Sen. Obama may have to play "back-porch" politics in Iowa. LINK
2008: Democrats: Edwards:
The New York Daily News briefly writes up former Sen. Edwards fundraising effort, hosted by Michael J. Fox, in Manhattan last night. LINK
2008: Democrats: Dodd:
Rinker Buck of the Hartford Courant has the highlights of Dodd's appearance last night on the 'Daily Show with Jon Stewart' where Dodd said, "I'm here to announce that I'm here," an obvious jab at Hagel. LINK
2008: Democrats: Biden:
The Delaware News Journal's Nicole Gaudiano writes up Sen. Biden's new website, EndingTheWar.com, petitioning for support of the Senator's Iraq resolution. LINK
2008: Democrats: Richardson:
Bill Richardson gets some major Scot Lehigh love in the Boston Globe. LINK
The Albuquerque Journal's Guzman reports that Gov. Richardson signed into law New Mexico's ban on cockfighting, cleansing the state of its "dirty secret," and leaving Louisiana in the dust as the last bastion of what the governor called an "outdated practice." LINK
2008: Democrats: Gore:
Gloria Borger of CBS News offered up this nugget from the latest CBS News/New York Times poll numbers: ". . . for the first time since 2000, more people polled like Al Gore more than they dislike him."
Politico's Carrie Budoff warns of "the Senatorial curse" that has prevented but two senators in United States history from reaching the White House and ponders the current field. LINK
The First Family's pets always seem to become instant celebrities and 2008 will likely be no different. Will it be Clinton's lab Seamus, Brownback's two cats, or McCain's own version of Noah's Ark with a total of 23 animals? Thomas Burr of the Salt Lake Tribune has a full run down of potential First Pets. LINK
Chuck Raasch of Gannett News Service offers a look at which of the 'Big 6' candidates has the fewest blemishes on their record. LINK