THE NOTE: Miami 2008:


(A thought -- don't you need to have some chips to place a bet? Will Edwards ever have a bigger stack than he does at this moment -- BEFORE Feb. 5, not after it? And how can a campaign that pinned itself on a four-state strategy -- one that resulted in one second-place finish and three thirds -- seriously play in 22 states where the candidate is outgunned and overshadowed?)

The Obama campaign was proud to unveil the candidate's endorsement by Toni Morrison on Monday: "There have been a few prescient leaders in our past, but you are the man for this time," she writes (and can she ever write).

But here's one of those endorsement letters that might have been better left in the drawer: "More than 80 volunteer lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainees today endorsed Illinois Senator Barack Obama's presidential bid," The Boston Globe's Charlie Savage writes.

Time's Ana Marie Cox has an intriguing look at how Iraq could be John McCain's political downfall after all. "He has never missed an opportunity to tout the definite, if modest, improvement in Iraq and his role in pushing for the surge," Cox writes.

"But now, as McCain battles Mitt Romney to become the GOP frontrunner, it seems possible that the maverick Senator could be a victim of his own success. With Iraq overtaken by the flagging economy as voters' number one concern, McCain has not been able to turn his South Carolina victory of a week ago into a solid lead in the Florida polls, and Romney suddenly looks like a much more formidable rival for the nomination."

That burst of bipartisanship surrounding the economic stimulus bill could be falling victim to our bicameral system. The Washington Post's Jonathan Weisman (in the story that's upsetting President Bush and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in roughly equal measure): "The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee yesterday unveiled a rival plan to stimulate the economy, offering a $500 check to virtually every American -- including low-income seniors and rich financiers -- in a direct challenge to the bipartisan deal reached last week by President Bush and House leaders."

ABC's Jake Tapper sees the Clinton campaign trying to rewrite history regarding Bill Clinton's Jesse Jackson comment.

"The Clinton campaign is now officially -- and erroneously -- challenging how the media reported former President Bill Clinton's comparison of Sen. Barack Obama to Rev. Jesse Jackson, he writes.

"On CNN a Clinton senior adviser claimed before he made his comments about Jackson the former president had been 'asked about historic voting in South Carolina,' said Rep. Kendrick Meek, D-Florida."

Somebody get Rep. Meek the transcript.

How does Al Sharpton feel about it? "As one of the most outspoken people in America, there's a time to shut up, and I think that time has come," he said Monday on ABC's "The View."

And how does Ralph Nader really feel about the Clintons?

"Bill Clinton is generally viewed as one smart politician, having been twice elected the President, helped by lackluster Robert Dole, having survived the Lewinsky sex scandal, lying under oath about sex, and impeachment," Nader writes in a message to supporters, per the Washington Times' Christina Bellantoni.

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