THE NOTE: Ad Wars

Clinton faced none of those questions on the trail Monday, but she did get a direct query about all those people who just don't like her, ABC's Eloise Harper and Kate Snow report. Clinton's response: "Some of the folks the talking heads on radio and TV, you know the ratings dip a little bit, well you know they've got a hard core that always responds to going after me, they can make a little money off me. . . . I have created so many jobs and wealth."

Romney's relationship with his father, George, is the subject in The New York Times' David Kirkpatrick's take in "The Long Run" series. "On the trail, his father's ghost hovers constantly over the Romney campaign," Kirkpatrick writes. Says Romney: "Like a baton has passed, like a relay team where the baton passed from generation to generation. . . . I am a shadow of the real deal."

Says former governor Bill Weld, R-Mass., of the father-son relationship: "It was undiluted hero worship."

Why is Mitt Romney crying? Politico's Jonathan Martin counts three tear-dropping moments from the Mittster in recent weeks, the most recent time coming when he recalled meeting the casket of a dead soldier while he was governor. "Beyond not suppressing his emotions, Romney has also begun dressing differently," Martin writes, with sweaters-and-slacks replacing suits-and-ties.

Mike Huckabee is just killing Mitt Romney -- right? Maybe not, Real Clear Politics' John McIntyre writes. "While the focus has been on Romney's fading polls in Iowa, what is underappreciated is just how much the emergence of Huckabee as the 'religious' candidate has changed the dynamic of the GOP field, and changed it in a way that may be very helpful to Mitt Romney," he writes.

And his Mormon faith does cut both ways -- even in Iowa, where the Church is 22,500 strong (there are perhaps 25 times more evangelicals in the state, in case you're counting). "The spotlight in the Republican race for Iowa has been on the evangelical vote mobilizing behind former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a former Baptist minister," Elizabeth Holmes writes in The Wall Street Journal. "But in his bid to hold on to the first caucus state, Mr. Romney can count on another strong, albeit silent, religious bloc: his fellow Mormons."

Mr. Dodd goes to Washington. That's right, Iowa resident Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., technically, engaged in a full-fledged (or as close to that as you get these days) filibuster over the FISA bill on Monday. "But Democratic leaders eventually pulled the bill, putting off consideration until next year," the AP's Andrew Miga reports, meaning Dodd can save his voice.

It earns Dodd raves (again) from the liberal blogosphere.

Who knows where Mayor Mike Bloomberg's head is on a presidential run, but somehow he's keeping his name in the mix even with those coy public statements about wanting to finish his term. "Bloomberg's aides have been reaching out to consultants from his past campaigns about whether they are free for a possible 2008 White House bid -- including one who helped make his slick mayoral TV spots," the New York Post's Maggie Haberman reports.

"The moves took place in the past few weeks, as the primaries for the Republican and Democratic presidential nominees are about to begin -- and aides have suggested that he will wait and see who the nominees are before making a decision about an independent White House run."

Bloomberg's dream matchup? How does Huckabee-Obama sound to a billionaire businessman?

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