The Note: Sun Will Come Out

Romney weighs in the Palin choice, on "GMA": "Sarah Palin has been highly effective," he said. "She was the right choice for John McCain . . . It's a choice that, net-net, has helped John McCain."

Clinton 2016? (Or name your year?)

"Watching Mrs. Clinton campaign for her old rival, masking what friends say is lingering disappointment, it is easy to recall happier days," Patrick Healy writes in The New York Times. "While she often said, during her 17-month race, that it took 'a Clinton to clean up after a Bush,' she has now tweaked that line a bit. 'It took a Democratic president to clean up after the first President Bush.' "

"For the friends and allies already thinking about Mrs. Clinton's political future, the possibility of a victory by Senator John McCain on Tuesday would upend an array of assumptions, not least of which that Mrs. Clinton -- if she were to run again -- would not do so until 2016, when she would be turning 69," Healy writes. "At the same time, under a McCain presidency, Mrs. Clinton could be well positioned, given her friendship with him and good standing among Washington Republicans, to help him with a Democratic-led Congress on alternative energy, which they have both highlighted on the campaign trail."

The relationship that will continue to matter quite a bit: "Obama's embrace of Hillary Rodham Clinton's domestic agenda, the former first couple's admiration for his political acumen and the healing power of time and distance after a bruising 17-month primary battle all have had an ameliorative effect on what once appeared to be an irreparable rift," Carrie Budoff Brown and Glenn Thrush write for Politico.

"The detente undoubtedly has its benefits for the Clintons, who would be permanently damaged if their fellow Democrats so much as suspected they were only halfheartedly behind the nominee. And an additional force is pushing them closer together: Hillary Clinton's belief that a President John McCain would, more or less, destroy America."

Looking forward to future Senate races, if Sen. Mitch McConnell is in trouble . . . "Republicans plan to retaliate in 2010 by doing the same thing to the Democratic leader, Nevada's Harry Reid, who will be trying to win another six-year term," Lisa Mascaro reports in the Las Vegas Sun. "The tactics of both sides are a stark departure from the decorum in Senate races that prevailed for more than a century. Campaigns operated within their own state borders, with the understanding that out-of-state senators wouldn't cross state lines to campaign against a member of the opposing party."

Can Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, hang on? "Battling to keep the job he's held for 40 years, Republican Sen. Ted Stevens plans to appeal directly to voters in a two-minute commercial on television stations across the state tonight," Kyle Hopkins reports in the Anchorage Daily News.

The proto-strategist? ABC's Jonathan Karl reviews a new biography of Samuel Adams: "While it is true that he ran his father's Boston malt house for a time, he was perhaps the most forceful single figure behind the American Revolution. He was also America's first great political operative, mastering the arts of spin and strategy in ways that future generations of David Axelrods and Lee Atwaters could profitably emulate," Karl writes in The Wall Street Journal.

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