The Note: Weekend Update

On Sunday, the Washington Post's David Broder looked at Gov. Schwarzenegger's mind-plus-matter success with initiatives and budget battles, and theorizes that until someone comes along to challenge him by showing at least as much confidence, he'll continue to succeed. LINK

2008:

The AP's Mike Glover chronicles the early courting of Iowa's political elite, including John Kerry's call to John Norris, John Edwards' call to Tom Courtney, George Pataki's inaugural ticket friendliness to Stewart Iverson, Mitt Romney's call to Doug Gross, and more. LINK

We looked twice and did not see the words "Clinton" or "McCain" in this must-read story.

2008 Republicans:

Massachusetts Republicans are talking about the party's options if Gov. Romney, with his eye on the 2008 GOP presidential nomination, opts against seeking a second term next year. LINK

And what's up with New York Lt. Gov. Mary Donahue? Writes Fred Dicker: " . . . Gov. Pataki's most loyal subordinate, has gone AWOL from her job and wants to get out, The Post has learned." LINK

"The little-known Donohue, next in line should Pataki leave office early, has been increasingly absent, against direct orders from Pataki and his senior staffers, a source close to the administration said."

On Sunday, The State's Lee Bandy wrote that South Carolina's status as the "gateway to the South" for Republicans seeking their party's presidential could be threatened. Some states down South are moving up their primaries to the first Tuesday following the New Hampshire primary. LINK

2008: Democrats:

Former Sen. John Edwards heads to Madison on Saturday to talk about health care for the poor and to visit the Harambee Center, collection of 10 public and private agencies dealing with health care and education for the city's poor. LINK

2006:

The Washington Post's Matthew Mosk sizes up the possible field of contenders for the Senate seat to be left open by retiring Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D-MD). LINK

The New York Post's Vincent Morris gives Sen. Chuck Schumer props for being a certified D.C. power player, saying he has "begun wielding enormous power inside Democratic ranks -- raking in untold millions of dollars, making controversial decisions about who will and who won't run for Senate around the country, and even instructing colleagues in his specialty -- the art of getting media attention." LINK

2005:

A New York Post story suggests that Freddy Ferrer is not anxious to debate his Democratic opponents. LINK

C. Virginia Fields is also looking to nationalize the mayor's race; a victory for her would portend good things for women in New York City, according to her campaign, as chronicled in the New York Times. LINK

Politics:

The Los Angeles Times' Brownstein chides the media's obsession with one impending death while all but ignoring ten others in Red Lake, MN, lauding "smart guns" and challenging the gun-(regulation) shy President to address the enduring problems of youth and gun violence. LINK

The Washington Post's Ann Gerhart puts faces on those changes to federal government work rules, and how they're affecting government workers even before they take effect in 2009. LINK

Media:

Writes the Wall Street Journal's editorial board: "The latest turn in the Valerie Plame "leak" investigation is that the very same press corps that cheered on the appointment of a special prosecutor to harass the Bush Administration and conservative columnist Robert Novak now doubts whether any crime was ever committed."

Howard Kurtz gives CBS News' Bob Schieffer and his chatty style a thumbs-up. LINK

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