The Note: Still Believe in a Place Called Kennebunkport/Chappaqua

The professor kindly offered the whole thing up in a tiny shorthand graf: "Democrats have now moved back to the barricades, at least in their intellectual circles. The lines of battle evident in these disputes also could resurface in the race for the DNC chairmanship, which will pit liberals Dean and party operative Harold M. Ickes against centrists such as former Indiana Rep. Tim Roemer and Simon Rosenberg, president of the centrist New Democrat Network."

Washington Governor's race:

When Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed certified the gubernatorial results last week, he declared Democrat Christine Gregoire the winner over Republican Dino Rossi by 129 votes. But, to beat a cliche even further into the ground, it ain't quite over yet -- though Gregoire's inauguration is scheduled for Jan. 12, a contest can be filed until Jan. 22, and the election could yet end up in the courts. Gregoire hasn't bought into Rossi's re-vote suggestion, and state Republicans continue to allege wrongdoing in the counting.

The Washington state Republican Party is calling on election officials in King, Pierce, Snohomish, Clark and Kitsap counties to explain what it calls a nearly 8,500-vote discrepancy between vote tallies in the counties and the number of people counted as voting in the gubernatorial election, reports Chris McGann of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. LINK

Don't miss this passage:

"County auditors and election officials say Republicans have based their conclusions on there being many more votes than voters on preliminary lists, and they say much of the deviation would be accounted for as voter lists are updated."

"But they do not dispute that the numbers don't add up."

"And most agree they never will."

Meanwhile, the push for a re-vote continues, reports David Postman of the Seattle Times -- in the form of a group called ReVote Washington, backed by former Gov. Dan Evans. LINK


In the New York mayoral, Giff staffs up, including Brian Hardwick . . . LINK

Throw into the mix in Virginia may be an amendment to the state constitution banning same-sex marriage: LINK


Headline watch: "Jeb Bush Enters the World Stage," from the Orlando Sentinel. LINK

Sen. Frist is getting lots of good local coverage for his visit to the tsunami zone. LINK

The Boston Globe's Joan Vennochi looks at Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on the list of 2008 hopefuls, with ambitions broad on ideas and less detailed on local issues that she thinks call into question his concern for his current constituency. LINK

The Washington Post's Rich Leiby has all kinds of . . . interesting details about former Vice President Gore's INdTV. LINK

House of Labor:

The Washington Post's Tom Edsall outlines the stakes in the fight for the leadership of Big Labor, and the serious challenge that the AFL-CIO's John Sweeney is facing as unions try to figure out their structures and strategies going forward, and to determine how to keep unions' membership high and the seat at the table prominent. LINK


It's inauguration madness. LINK


The Boston Globe's Peter Canellos argues that political gamesmanship and partisan jockeying for advantage in redrawing districts or approach to the electoral process (i.e., recounts) can lead to real danger and assumptions about the status quo. LINK

What part of Steve Schmidt's body would he NOT have given to read a headline like this roundabout four months ago: "U.S. Manufacturing Shows Pickup in Momentum." LINK

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