The Note: What Doesn't Kill You Only Makes You Stronger

On Sunday, the Washington Post's Chuck Babington took a look at how Republican moderates in the Senate -- Sens. Snowe, Collins, Chafee, and McCain -- are resisting Majority Leader Bill Frist's "nuclear option" to outlaw filibusters during the confirmation process of judicial nominees. Given that others have refused to publicly state their views, on it, these four could have company soon. LINK

On Sunday, the New York Times' Linda Greenhouse pondered how long is too long for justices to sit on the Supreme Court? LINK


Stu Loeser, Patrick Brennan, and Kevin Fullington are all headed to Mayor Mike Bloomberg's re-election team. LINK


Gov. George Pataki was "coy" on his future political plans to Gabe Pressman. LINK

Could Al D'Amato endorse Eliot Spitzer? LINK

Frank Phillips of the Boston Globe Notes that Deval Patrick, formerly President Clinton's assistant attorney general for civil rights, is considering a bid for governor of Massachusetts, leading at least one Democratic adviser to gin up the comparisons to Sen. Obama. LINK


On Sunday, the Des Moines Register's Tom Beaumont wrote that the next three and a half months, the 2005 session of the Iowa Legislature, represents Gov. Vilsack's last chance to solidify his record -- and thereby a possible presidential run -- and looks at the road ahead. LINK

David Yepsen on Sunday argued for Vilsack and key lawmakers to make some tough decisions on the budget that don't involve tax cuts -- and offers some ideas: school mergers and local charter commissions. LINK


Ray Hoffman was be named chair of the Iowa Republican Party over the weekend. LINK

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