The Washington Post rounds up the presidential contenders' reactions to the speech.
Democratic Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama got caught in a logjam last night, as one of us witnessed first-hand. Because of the circular shape of the Russell rotunda balcony, Clinton and Obama were forced to be in very close proximity. In one instance, Obama was doing a liveshot for CNN while Clinton waited, and waited, and waited for him to finish. After realizing that it would take a long time (and, perhaps, that they looked silly just standing there), Clinton's aide had her walk all the way around the rotunda to avoid Obama. Likewise, when Clinton was doing a liveshot, Obama wouldn't come near the TV crew until she was clear. He hung out at the back of the hallway acting like he was doing something.
Clinton's first visits to Iowa and New Hampshire as a presidential candidate are now set: She will visit Iowa this weekend and New Hampshire on February 3-4, in addition to keynoting the New Hampshire Democratic party's big 100 Club fundraising dinner in Manchester on March 10. The Des Moines Register reports that Clinton's schedule for this weekend is starting to take shape with trips to Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Davenport on the itinerary. In what's sure to be a media frenzy, the Register adds that it has "received requests for information about Clinton's schedule from news organizations in Japan, Switzerland and Britain."
Former Sen. John Edwards is running an ad in Roll Call today calling on members of Congress to block Bush's effort to "escalate" the war by sending more troops.
The Politico reports, "The DNC's effort to rearrange the 2008 nominating calendar is effectively dead. Nevada will never go ahead of New Hampshire, not if New Hampshire has anything to say about it." The New Hampshire secretary of state "will not allow Nevada to go first, no matter whether Nevada calls its contest a caucus, a primary or a ring-toss. That is where the DNC miscalculated."
In a speech in Israel yesterday, former Gov. Mitt Romney (R) urged strict economic sanctions against Iran. Romney, Gingrich Edwards and Sen. John McCain (R) all took turns addressing the Herzliya security conference in Israel (either in person or by video conference) this week, "seemingly competing to see who could be strongest in defense of the Jewish state," reports the Washington Times.