— CLINTON: The New York Times: "Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton
have been in career-threatening scrapes before, but never quite like
the one they face in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, when nothing
less than their would-be dynasty will be on the line. In trying to
battle back from her loss in the Iowa caucuses to Senator Barack Obama
of Illinois, Mrs. Clinton is recalibrating her message in hopes of
producing Comeback Kid: The Sequel - achieving the reversal of fortune
her husband pulled off with his second-place finish here in the
Democratic nomination contest in 1992."
And the finger-pointing
has begun, the paper adds. "Some advisers say that the campaign
miscalculated in having Mr. Clinton play such a public role, that Mrs.
Clinton could not effectively position herself as a change agent, the
profile du jour for Democrats, so long as he stood as a reminder that
her presidency would be much like his. Other advisers say that Mr.
Obama now owns the "change" mantra and that Mrs. Clinton needs a Plan
B. 'Hillary says she'll change things, but then voters see Bill and
hear them talk about the 1990s, and it's clear that the Clintons are
not offering change but rather Clinton Part 2,' said one veteran
adviser to both Clintons. 'That won't win.'"
More: "Clinton advisers said Friday that they would not mount a
negative advertising campaign against Mr. Obama in New Hampshire,
saying the primary was too soon for such an onslaught to have any
effect. And they said there were no plans to bring in new senior
advisers to help right her campaign."
The Washington Post adds,
"So far, no senior Clinton advisers have been ousted for failing to
produce a victory in Iowa, despite their spending many months and
millions of dollars there only to see the candidate's status as the
Democratic front-runner vanish. But supporters outside the campaign
were quick to question Mark Penn, the chief strategist, whose polling
data suggested she could win in Iowa; Patti Solis Doyle, the campaign
manager, who moved to Iowa to try to eke out a win; and an inner circle
of operatives whose 'inevitability' strategy failed to blunt the
message of "change" that swept Obama into first place Thursday night."
Norman Hsu is back in the news. Hsu, a disgraced bundler of political donations to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and other Democratic presidential candidates, lost a bid yesterday to overturn a 16-year-old fraud conviction and was ordered to serve a long-delayed three-year jail sentence, California authorities said."
EDWARDS: "[B]y edging out Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton for second place in the Iowa caucus, Mr. Edwards has kept his second bid for the presidential nomination alive - for now. He arrived in New Hampshire early Friday to make a rapid-fire case before Tuesday's primary, telling an audience in Nashua that he was up against two celebrity candidates, Senator Barack Obama and Mrs. Clinton, but that 'glamour and glitz will not stop us.'"
Edwards "wasted little time in pitching his message of change in New Hampshire today, telling a dawn gathering of hundreds of supporters that voters in the Granite State 'now have two choices' -- between him and Iowa victor Barack Obama. Edwards, calling himself "the people's candidate," said his victory over Clinton showed that voters are yearning for change in Washington.
KUCINICH: "Kucinich filed a complaint with the FCC yesterday after ABC News excluded him, fellow Democrat Mike Gravel and Republican Duncan Hunter from its prime-time debates tonight." Kucinich said, "ABC should not be the first primary."
OBAMA: "Yesterday, the 46-year-old Illinois senator seemed to easily wear the front-runner trappings suddenly thrust on him. He laid down the gauntlet to rivals Clinton and John Edwards, hinting strongly that if he wins the first-in-the-nation primary, the race for the Democratic nomination will be effectively over."
The New York Times looks at some of the challenges ahead for Obama. "There is no question that Mr. Obama's hopeful call for change inspired thousands of Iowans to attend the presidential caucuses for the first time. There is no question that his decisive victory was fueled by a fierce feeling of discontent over the nation's direction and America's place in the world. But a closer inspection of the results in Iowa's 99 counties also underscores some of the challenges that lie ahead for Mr. Obama as the presidential campaign continues beyond the early-voting states. A detailed map of the caucus results suggests that Mr. Obama's argument was not convincing to Democrats in many rural stretches of the state."