By Mike Allen on February 5, 2008 @ 7:55 AM
BOSTON Good Super, Monster, Tsunami, Super-Duper, Fat Tuesday. And happy Mardi Gras.
Chelsea Clinton kicked off the family get-out-the-vote effort at 5:45 a.m. by delivering coffee and donut holes to poll workers and voters at the New Haven (Conn.) fire department. Attention ABC and NBC producers: Your Hartford/New Haven affiliates have b-roll.
Asked about her husband on “Letterman” last night, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said: “Look, in my White House, we will know who wears the pants suits.”
Dave complimented her on being “dressed in red-state red.”
Clinton is hoarse from marathon campaigning, but invoked the Giants’ upset as she quipped: “Every New Yorker has a sore throat after last night.”
TODAY’S TALKER: Clearly hoping the radio host will lay off Sen .John McCain, Bob Dole wrote Rush Limbaugh yesterday to say: “Whoever wins the Republican nomination will need your enthusiastic support. Two terms for the Clintons are enough.”
The banner headline in the Denver Post: “Races in states of frenzy: From coast to coast, in person and on TV, candidates dash for today’s votes in 24 states”: “Colorado, along with 23 other states, is a player in ‘Super Tuesday,’ the closest thing to a national primary the country has ever seen.”
Tonight, Sen. Clinton is in New York City, Sen. Barack Obama is in Chicago, Sen. McCain is in Phoenix, Gov. Mitt Romney is in Boston and Gov. Mike Huckabee is in Little Rock.
ABC will be on the air through all of prime time with “Showdown: Coast to Coast” - continuing on “Nightline” turf for five straight hours, all together.
CBS’s Katie Couric, who had one-on-one’s last night with ALL five major candidates, will anchor coverage from 9 to 11 p.m. Eastern, complete with a cool election-night-style set. (”SportsCenter” meets “Evening News.”)
CBSNews.com posted transcripts of the interviews.
NBC is offering an hour-long edition of “Nightly,” and a Brian Williams “Super Tuesday Special” at 10.
BOB WOODWARD can be seen on washingtonpost.com tonight.
This is cool: C-SPAN 2 will simulcast live election from CBS News Radio, accompanied live results graphics.
The POTUS ‘08 channel on XM satellite radio has an hour-long “High Definition Politics with TAMMY HADDAD” at 6 p.m. Eastern. The gang’s all here: Jessica Yellin, Todd Harris, Bob Shrum, Alexandra Stoddard, even Mikey Allen. Election anchor and program director is Joe Mathieu.
ZEITGEIST 1: USA Today’s cover story is, “Economy’s slide has voters on edge: Americans’ rising anxiety ‘a clear plus for the Democrats.’ “ (So says Greg Valliere, chief political strategist for the Stanford Financial Group.) The jump hed: “Despite most pessimistic outlook since ‘92, many Americans see hope.”
ZEITGEIST 2: Gerald F. Seib’s “Capital Journal” column on the front of today’s Wall Street Journal calls this a character election: “As voting unfolds today on this Super Tuesday, the two hottest candidates at the moment Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama are most striking for their ability to appeal to independent voters in the middle of the ideological spectrum, and for their willingness to compromise to get there. In other words, the election of 2008, thus far, is less about ideology and ideas and more about governing style and leadership ability intangible qualities on which voters are placing a higher priority than on issues.”
ZEITGEIST 3, from L.A. Times A1: College students are glum. “But in a paradox that intrigues analysts and could well shape the election they still feel inspired to vote.”
Page 12 of the print edition of today’s Politico sports a nifty “SUPER TUESDAY SCORECARD” showing poll closing times for each of today’s states, along with delegate info and the results of the 2000 nominating contests for Rs and the 2004 races for Ds.
Please e-mail playbook(at)politico.com if you’d like a PDF. Please write “Scorecard” in the subject line.
Also check out our two-page spread, “2008 Super Tuesday Preview.” (Thank you, Paige Connor!)
THE BIG QUESTIONS: Can Gov. Romney, whose staff is trying to show poise and endurance, stun Senator McCain, who’s running away nationally but faces some tightening polls in California? Or has the Straight Talk Express, once up on blocks, now found an express lane to the convention at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul?
Politico’s bicoastal Jonathan Martin: “If Mitt can win the caucus and convention states and pick up a good share of delegates in California, he’s got a rationale to go on. But without a solid showing in the Golden State it’s a lot tougher.”
Can Senator Clinton fulfill the convention wisdom of just a few weeks ago, that she would win more delegates today although Senator Obama is likely to win more states? Or is the fact that Obama raised more than twice as much money in January an indicator of new fundamentals in the race?
Obama had announced his $1M-a-day month $32M for January. A little bird pointed out to Politico’s Ben Smith that Tim Russert teased a January figure of $13.5 million out Clinton Campaign Chairman Terry McAuliffe on MSNBC yesterday. Ben: “A lot of money by most measures, but less than half of what Obama’s claiming for the month.”
Politico’s Jeanne Cummings: “With the Republican presidential nomination within reach, John McCain is reshaping his campaign to press on without public financing that could limit his spring spending, senior advisers say. The Arizona senator’s rejection of the presidential public financing program he once defended is just the latest evidence of how ineffective the post-Watergate reform has become in an era of multimillion-dollar candidacies.”
Praying for America.
John McCain had Leiberman on one side of him this am and Charlie Crist on the other. Guiliani was there too. I think that about says it all.
Vote for Romney!!