The Note: Impossible Schemes

Romney wrote a Note to legislators after he vetoed the bill telling lawmakers, "'To those who believe that life begins at conception, the morning-after pill can destroy the human life that was created at the moment of fertilization.'" LINK

Raphael Lewis Notes Gov. Romney's evolving stance on abortion over his political career and looks back to 1994 when Romney took on Sen. Kennedy and said abortion should be "safe and legal," but in 2002 he changed his tone to, "'I respect and will fully protect a woman's right to choose… and the women of our state should make it based on their beliefs, not mine and not the government's.' With 2008 aspiration on the horizon Romney's shift is now apparent and Michael Murphy, a top political advisory once quipped that Romney was a 'pro-life Mormon faking it as a pro-choice friendly.'" LINK

Per yet another Globe story, Gov. Romney responds to questions about his religion in this September's edition of the Atlantic Monthly and states, "'You know, the principles and values taught to me by faith are values I aspire to live by and are as American as motherhood and apple pie.' Sen. Kennedy also commented on Romney's Mormonism saying it would not hurt the governor in a national campaign, "'We've moved on,' he said. "'That died with my brother Jack.'" LINK

The New York Times' Pam Belluck continues to be the non-Boston reporter of record on Romney's life and times. LINK

The headline above this AP story says that "GOP Sen. Santorum Rules Out 2008 Bid," which is going a little bit too far, wethinks. LINK

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette calls it a "non denial denial." LINK

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that some Santorum advisers worried about the timing of his book. LINK

2008: Democrats:

The prolific Tom Beaumont of the Des Moines Register previews the upcoming Bayh and Edwards trips to the Hawkeye State. LINK

In his Des Moines Register column, David Yepsen taps Vilsack on the shoulder and cautions that he not forget the little (Hawkeye) people as the sun sets on his governorship. LINK

Roll Call's Paul Kane reports, "[Joe] Biden, who hasn't accepted donations from political action committees for his re-election campaigns since the mid-1980s, is asking for a minimum $2,000 contribution from PACs to be considered a 'friend' of Unite Our States. That's the name of the leadership PAC that Biden officially launches this evening at a private fundraiser, a six-figure gala hosted by 20 lobbyists, former lawmakers and Democratic fundraisers."


The Wall Street Journal's Preciphs looks at the heavy odds (even with history on their side) House Democrats face in taking control.

The New York Post's powerful double duo of Seifman and Dicker won't let the "Bloomberg for Governor" thing die, even as the Mayor gets almost as Shermanesque as possible. LINK

"One month after House Democratic leaders laid down harsh new penalties for lawmakers who do not pay party dues, the tactics have had mixed results, raising some new money but also eliciting complaints from disgruntled members," writes The Hill's Josephine Hearn. LINK

Peter Savodnik of The Hill reports, "Several members of Florida's Republican congressional delegation are breaking with the White House and the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) as they throw their support behind Rep. Katherine Harris's (R-Fla.) Senate bid." LINK


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