THE NOTE: Waiting for Mo

"Mark on your calendar Jan. 25 for an outburst by Bill Clinton somewhere in South Carolina," Slate's John Dickerson writes. "He has launched a tirade the day before each of his wife's victories in Nevada and New Hampshire, claiming the process was unfairly stacked against her. If this keeps up, he's going to require a stretcher by the last primary in Oregon come May." LINK

"Maybe this is their 'tell' -- they act all angry and flustered when they're holding a straight flush," ABC's Jake Tapper writes. LINK

The former president may have been speaking the truth, or he may have been out of line, but he's still connecting with crowds. He remains a particularly potent figure in the African-American community -- and look for him to be in South Carolina early and often as he seeks to redeem himself while helping his wife into the White House.

Both fields have only one competitive primary left before Super Tuesday takes things out of the control of local campaigning and leans everything on the broad strokes -- where TV advertising is the strongest weapon.

All that money the candidates hauled in, shattering fundraising records? They'll need it -- and then some -- now. "The top three Democrats and the five or so Republicans all find their bank accounts depleted just as the most expensive phase of the race is about to begin," David Kirkpatrick writes in The New York Times. "Strategists acknowledge they will have to make tough choices, especially since both parties face the prospect of prolonged nomination fights that could extend into the spring -- or beyond." LINK

Lots of televised spin on tap before your afternoon football break. (Who's more John McCain? Eli Manning -- playing tough road games and defying the skeptics who pronounce him toast -- or Brett Favre -- oldest man on the field but still at the top of his game, the sentimental choice looking for a last hurrah? And who's the race's Tom Brady? Handsome, fresh-faced Barack Obama, or seasoned, machine-running Hillary Clinton?)

Rudy Giuliani, who is running as a staunch fiscal conservative, said he thinks President Bush's short-term $150 billion tax rebate plan to stimulate the economy is a "good idea" worth pursuing in concept but avoided fully embracing the plan until more details are released. "If it stays where it is, it's a good idea. The devil here is in the details. We've got to see how it gets compromised out. ..I would err on the side of permanent tax cuts. Some of the short-term measures are necessary. Some of them can help. But you also have to couple that with some long-term tax cuts," he said on ABC's "This Week".

As the GOP fight moves to the delegate-rich state of Florida, where Giuliani has been camped out, the former mayor sought to undercut his rivals' record on taxes while playing up his record as New York mayor.

"I have the most experience in cutting taxes of anyone running and I've shown that it can work, that you can actually cut taxes and raise revenues which is what really you have to do now if you want to deal with the deficit by also reducing spending," he said.

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