The Note: On Track, Off Track

His army is, just maybe, getting restless: "Now what? That's the question for millions of volunteers who worked to elect Barack Obama -- and for the organization that mobilized them," USA Today's Martha T. Moore reports. "Keeping Obama supporters engaged and active through the Obama transition website change.gov is 'our first priority,' transition spokesperson Jen Psaki says."

"Electoral campaigns, like circus tents, quickly disappear after the show is over. But Obama is our first community-organizer president, and he sees the way he got elected as being almost as crucial as the fact that he won," E.J. Dionne Jr. writes in his column. "Because of the emphasis he put on organizing, barackobama.com might fairly be seen as the most successful high-tech startup of the past two years."

Learning lessons from the Clinton years: "President-elect Barack Obama will not move for months, and perhaps not until 2010, to ask Congress to end the military's decades-old ban on open homosexuals in the ranks, two people who have advised the Obama transition team on this issue say," Rowan Scarborough reports in the Washington Times.

We can't say where this ranks -- but when it comes to the auto bailout, good luck following the action:

"With a whirlwind set of press conferences, supposed deals, nixed deals and frustration over whether to bail out the auto industry with $25 billion in low-interest loans or take the chance of letting it go bust, the Congress's lame duck session keeps getting longer and longer," per ABC's Z. Byron Wolf.

Congress will be back Dec. 8 to deal with it -- but only if the automakers present a plan worth dealing with.

"Faced with the choice of bailing out the ailing auto industry or letting it fail, Congress picked a brave third option: procrastination," Time's Jay Newton-Small writes.

"The Big Three are on their own for now," The Wall Street Journal's Greg Hitt, John D. Stoll and Alex P. Kellogg report. "Congressional efforts to rescue Detroit's auto makers collapsed Thursday, with lawmakers saying the industry lacked credible plans to return to profitability."

"Until they show us the plan, we cannot show them the money," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

What was going on behind closed doors?

"For 90 minutes, it looked as if a last-minute deal had been struck to quickly pass $25 billion in aid to automakers. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., may have put the brakes on efforts by a group of auto-state senators to hold a vote Thursday on a compromise $25 billion auto bailout," Gordon Trowbridge and David Shepardson report in the Detroit News. "Instead, congressional leaders demanded a plan from Detroit's automakers by Dec. 2 on how they would use the money, and said they could return to session the week of Dec. 8 if they were satisfied with the plan."

Welcome to Nancy Pelosi's House: "Rep. Henry Waxman's (D-Calif.) defeat of Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) for the Energy and Commerce Committee gavel represents a huge shift in the way the Democratic Caucus runs itself, and in the broader culture that has developed over decades around a few hard and fast rules governing the distribution of power on Capitol Hill," The Washington Post's Ben Pershing reports.

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