- “There was a hint of a chill in the air” from Sarah Palin‘s potential WH ’12 rivals at the RGA conference yesterday, which essentially “became a postmortem on what went wrong” in the ’08 election (New York Daily News).
- Meanwhile, MS Gov. Haley Barbour (R) told the RGA: “Anybody here tonight who’s talking about the 2012 presidential election needs to get their eye on the ball” (Miami Herald).
- Although Obama’s transition team “is flirting with creating” a WH “Climate Czar,” Al Gore “says he doesn’t want the job” (Washington Times).
- VA Gov. Tim Kaine (D) said “he will not be joining” the Obama admin., and “expressed his feelings directly to” Obama “during a phone conversation over the weekend” (“Political Radar“). He also is “not interested” in heading the DNC (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot).
- Ex-’60s radical Bill Ayers “breaks his silence” in an interview with ABC’s Cuomo on “GMA” tomorrow (ABC News).
- Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich (D) “made a dramatic comeback” yesterday, and now leads Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) by 814 votes with roughly 40K ballots left to count (Anchorage Daily News).
- Palin said yesterday that she would “certainly consider” running for Stevens’ seat “if it were acknowledged up there that I could be put to better use for my state in the U.S. Senate” (“Situation Room”).
- A group of “second- and third-grade students” were overheard chanting “assassinate Obama” on a school bus in eastern ID last week — although “most of them didn’t understand what the word ‘assassinate’ meant” (KIDK-TV).