THE NOTE: 'He's the One'

The Washington Post started its "Frontrunners" series on Sunday, with Clinton the lucky beneficiary of part one. "There was an original Hillary, before she was so heavily coated by perception: a girl reared in a conventional postwar middle-class hamlet who, according to her youth pastor, Don Jones, was 'controlled and circumspect' even then," Sally Jenkins writes. "She was the conciliator of the 'push and tug' of her parents' differences, and she clung to centrism even during the '60s as her teachers in Park Ridge engaged in a conservative-vs.-liberal duel for her 'mind and soul.' "

Romney is Monday's subject. "The mind-set that now shapes Romney's candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination first crystallized after that fateful drive to the South of France: One does not merely strive for leadership; he is called to it through prayer and circumstance," the Post's Eli Saslow writes.

The New York Times picks up its profile pace as well. On Sunday, Mark Leibovich looked at Clinton's guarded private life: "Mrs. Clinton is guarded by nature, friends say, a fundamentally 'private person' despite her hyper-public profile. She has always been easier for many people to follow than to know, and people around her tend to speak of her in tones of distant awe, suggesting that they are more acolytes than friends."

Monday brings Michael Powell's look at Giuliani's years as a prosecutor (long before the rise and fall of Bernie Kerik). "Mr. Giuliani married aggressiveness to moral absolutes, reflecting his steeping, he said, in the Catholic catechism," Powell writes. "Asked about political corruption in 1987, he offered a wintry smile and said, 'I don't think there's anybody much worse than a public official who sells his office, except maybe for a murderer.' "

On the endorsement watch, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., tells ABC's Margaret Conley that he may stay on the sidelines. "I really have not made up my mind," Kerry said. "I'm inclined probably just to not be directly involved, but I need to see, sort of, more directly when I get back where I think things stand."

And is Newt Gingrich running for vice president? The former House speaker, R-Ga., had a well-crafted response on "This Week": "Since I'm from Georgia, I'll say the opposite of Sherman. You know, if drafted, I would run, and if nominated, I would serve."

The kicker:

"I'm not going to tell you." -- Sen. Clinton, asked by the AP about her favorite joke.

"Girls rule and boys drool." -- Child's statement to Chelsea Clinton, as she and her grandmother campaigned for her Sen. Clinton. Per ABC's David Wright and Eloise Harper, Chelsea laughed and said, "I am agreeing with the first half of the statement."

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