The Starting Five
1. Boston Mayor Tom Menino
-- an institution in New England Democratic politics -- offered praise for Republican Bay State Sen. Scott Brown
. "There's nobody that can beat him," he told
the Boston Herald
. Remember that Mayor Mumbles -- as he is known -- was briefly mentioned as a potential Brown challenger earlier this year.
2. Tim Pawlenty
with ABC's Terry Moran
about his new book and his political future.
3. 2010 Nevada Senate contender Sue Lowden
she would consider the 2012 Senate race -- if Sen. John Ensign
(R) retires and Rep. Dean Heller
sits it out. It is unlikely both of those things happen.
4. Outgoing Alabama Gov. Bob Riley
(R) ever so slightly left the door open
to a 2012 presidential bid.
5. After a decades-long migration to the North, many middle-class African-Americans are returning South