Gore Will Meet with Obama

Al Gore will visit President-elect Obama in Chicago tomorrow to discuss energy and climate change issues, a meeting scheduled at Mr. Gore’s request, the New York Times reports. 

“Mr. Obama is expected in coming days to name his Cabinet choices to head the Energy and Interior Departments and the Environmental Protection Administration, which share responsibility for the energy and environmental issues important to Mr. Gore.

Lessons from Lincoln’s Inaugural

A BiographyThe Hotline interviews Ronald C. White, Jr., author of Lincoln’s Greatest Speech and the forthcoming A. Lincoln: A Biography, about what instruction President-elect Obama could take from President Lincoln in writing his inaugural speech.

Advises White: “Some of the instruction Obama has already learned. Write prose poetry and not political agendas. Invoke the best of America’s past. Show don’t tell — Obama is very good at showing the stories of ordinary people he has met in his campaign. I like to say Lincoln disappeared in his two finest speeches — the Gettysburg Address and the Second Inaugural Address. I mean that he used not one personal pronoun at Gettysburg and only two in the Second Inaugural. Lincoln did away with the ‘I’ word. He pointed beyond himself to hopes and dreams that all Americans could embrace.”

Clinton, Rice to Meet Tonight

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will host Sen. Hillary Clinton tonight for dinner at Rice’s Watergate apartment, sources tell NBC News.

Clinton is also taking part in transition meetings today at the State Department. 

Kennedy Odds Low in Replacing Clinton

The odds of New York Gov. Paterson choosing Caroline Kennedy to replace soon-to-be Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the US Senate are no better than 20-1, according to the New York Post.

Said the source: “It looks to me like [Caroline’s cousin] Bobby Kennedy may be trying to push Caroline more than Caroline is pushing herself.”

Update: The AP notes New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave a big boost to Kennedy as a possible Senate candidate, saying she is experienced and “can do anything.” 

He added: “Caroline Kennedy is a very experienced woman, she’s worked very hard for the city. I can just tell you she’s made an enormous difference in New York City,”

Quote of the Day

“I’ve got behind-the-scenes episodes that are going to show how unreceiving they were of this man as president of the United States. I’m going to name names and show examples.”

— Karl Rove, quoted by the Austin American-Statesman, on his forthcoming book in which he describes the “political actors in this town who never accepted [Bush] as a legitimate president.”

Supreme Court Rejects Obama Citizenship Claim

The Supreme Court “has turned down an emergency appeal from a New Jersey man who says President-elect Barack Obama is ineligible to be president because he was a British subject at birth,” CBS News reports.

The man claimed “that since Obama had dual nationality at birth — his mother was American and his Kenyan father at the time was a British subject — he cannot possibly be a ‘natural born citizen,’ one of the requirements the Constitution lists for eligibility to be president.”

Another Sunday Without Church

Ben Smith notes that President-elect Obama — “despite undergoing a campaign maelstrom over his pastor — isn’t a regular churchgoer. He didn’t often attend Sunday services on the trail, and — unlike Presidents-elect Bush and Clinton — hadn’t been since his election.”

In fact, the only consistency to his Sundays so far seems to be a morning workout and possibly watching a football game in the afternoon.

Sunday Morning Shuffle

Along with a new face on Meet the Press, Sunday morning television viewers are likely to see CNN’s Late Edition get a new name — “and will certainly get a format adjustment, with more fun mixed in with the newsmakers – when John King takes over from Wolf Blitzer,” reports Mike Allen.

The New York Times has more on King’s likely appointment.

Update: We learn from a CNN press release that John King will anchor a new four hour Sunday show from 9 am to 1 pm. The first hour of the new program will focus heavily on politics and the new administration, while the later hours will delve into national and world affairs and commentary on current events.

Playing Field in 2010 Still Favors Democrats

“There sure doesn’t seem to be any rest for weary Senate Republican strategists, who are trying to plot a comeback in 2010 for their party after two consecutive miserable election cycles,” CQ Politics reports.

“The slate of regularly scheduled 2010 races gives the Republicans another defensive chore, though it was not nearly as big: 19 Republican-held seats are scheduled to be up that year to 15 Democratic-held seats. Special elections will narrow the margin further, to 19-17, because of picks President-elect Barack Obama has made for his White House team from among his former Democratic Senate colleagues.”

Romney is Already Running

Mitt Romney “is laying the groundwork for a possible White House campaign in 2012, hiring a team of staff members and consultants with money from a fund-raising committee he established with the ostensible purpose of supporting other GOP candidates,” the Boston Globe reports.

“The former Massachusetts governor has raised $2.1 million for his Free and Strong America political action committee. But only 12 percent of the money has been spent distributing checks to Romney’s fellow Republicans around the country.”

“Instead, the largest chunk of the money has gone to support Romney’s political ambitions, paying for salaries and consulting fees to over a half-dozen of Romney’s longtime political aides.”

Advice for David Gregory

George Stephanopoulos tells new Meet the Press host David Gregory the ten things he needs to know about hosting a Sunday morning political show.

Democrats Now Up 20 Seats in House

With a loss in Lousiana and a win in Ohio this weekend, Democrats now have a net gain of 20 House seats this cycle with a recount still pending in VA-05.

Democrats Pick Up House Seat in Ohio

After losing a House seat yesterday in Louisiana, Democrats won the OH-15 seat from House Republicans today after the counting of provisional ballots in the race between Mary Jo Kilroy (D) beat Steve Stivers (R), the AP reports.

“Provisional ballots are issued at polls to people who believe they were wrongly denied the right to vote. Stivers had held a lead of less than 600 votes before they were counted.”

The seat is currently held by Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-OH).

Quote of the Day

“Huh. No. It doesn’t say that at all.”

— Former Clinton strategist Mark Penn, in an interview with the Independent, denying he wrote a memo during the campaign that claimed Barack Obama was “unelectable.”

Penn elaborates: “Those memos, right, that came out, were really … er, were really, I think, show you, you know, just a piece, because… a small part, a piece of how we were looking to, I think, set up or solve the fact that he was a very strong candidate.”

Matthews Set to Sign New Contract

According to Mike Allen, Chris Matthews will reportedly announce the signing of a new contract with MSNBC which would effectively end the talk about his potential Senate bid in Pennsylvania.

Seblius Drops Out of Contention

After weeks of speculation, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D) announced she doesn’t want to be considered for a Cabinet position in President-elect Obama’s administration “because of the worsening budget problems facing Kansas,” reports the Lawrence Journal.

Said Sebelius: “The possibility of joining President-elect Obama’s team is exciting and compelling, but my service to the citizens who elected me is my top priority in these difficult times.”

Jefferson Defeated in Lousiana

Indicted Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) “suffered what may be the final blow of his storied political career in the most improbable way Saturday, when an untested Republican opponent took advantage of Louisiana’s new federal voting rules — and an election delay caused by Hurricane Gustav — to unseat the nine-term Democrat,” the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

His defeat by Anh “Joseph” Cao (R) “came on a day of abysmally low turnout, which political pundits had predicted could be Jefferson’s undoing despite his demographic and political advantages. 

“Ironically, had Gustav not postponed the voting schedule one month, the general election would have been held the same ballot as last month’s presidential election, when high turnout among African-American voters likely would have carried Jefferson to a 10th term.”

Kennedy Backing Niece’s Bid for Clinton Seat

Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) “has been working back channels to promote niece Caroline as the replacement for Hillary Clinton in the Senate,” family sources told theNew York Post

“The elder Kennedy, who’s battling brain cancer, has sent word to Gov. Paterson’s office that Caroline Kennedy, 51, has contacts and family connections that would mean legislation affecting New York would receive prompt attention.”

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