The Note: Home Is Where the Polls Are

The Boston Globe reports that President Bush and his Administration continue to be "hammered" by Democrats over Katrina and port issues, but top GOP members continue their support. Sen. John McCain said, "'Have we got problems? Sure. But I'm not pessimistic, six months is a lifetime in politics.'" LINK

The New York Times' Patrick Healy, yet again, writes of a Republican candidate poised to take on Sen. Hillary Clinton this fall. K.T. McFarland, a "protégée" of Henry Kissinger is hoping to build New York Republican Party support for her candidacy. LINK

And check out what Healy writes of former Yonkers Mayor John Spencer: "Just weeks ago, Mr. Spencer looked poised to be the challenger, with a record of accomplishment as a former mayor of Yonkers. But with a caustic manner and a history of marital infidelity, Mr. Spencer may foil the party's drive for female voters and match up badly against Mrs. Clinton, some Republicans say."

Note to Ed Rollins: are we wrong to expect a candidate running on national security credentials to have a view of the biggest national security issue of our time before entering a race for federal office?

The AP reports that the Hawaii Democratic Party and the Matt Brown campaign are returning their respective contributions due to what the Democratic chairman in Hawaii called a "mistake." LINK

A day in the life on the Ohio GOP gubernatorial campaign trail as captured by the Columbus Dispatch's Niquette and Nash: "Betty was accused by Tim of strong-arm tactics and misrepresenting the truth. Meanwhile, Jim and others ganged up on Ken, saying he exposed Ohioans to rip-off artists. And in perhaps the unkindest cut of all, Ken slammed Jim for not caring about Lima, Ohio." LINK

Mitch Stacy of the AP has details on Rep. Katherine Harris' (R-FL) connections to Mitchell Wade, the defense contactor who admitted last week he bribed the Dukester with more than $1 million. LINK

Keith Epstein of reports that yesterday, Harris hired "top-gun" campaign finance lawyer Ben Ginsberg, "as a 'precaution.'" LINK

The Washington Times reports that "Maryland Democratic leaders are aiming to tie Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele to the federal government's response to Hurricane Katrina to dampen his appeal among black voters in his U.S. Senate bid." LINK

The Seattle Times is reporting that Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) announced yesterday that he is withdrawing a bill to open up the Puget Sound to more oil tankers at the urging of Mike McGavick, the Republican running against Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Stevens's "nemesis" on environmental matters. LINK

"'I'm pretty proud of the role I played in this,' McGavick said. 'If I can do this as a candidate, imagine what I can do as a senator.'"

2008: Republicans:

In a story that looks at America turning "inward," the Washington Post's Dana Milbank Notes that on the issues of immigration and ports President Bush is "the lonely internationalist, aided only by the likes of Sen. John McCain" (R-AZ). LINK

The Washington Post's White and Leonnig report that Bush Administration lawyers argued yesterday that the new McCain-sponsored law that "bans cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of detainees in US custody does not apply to people held" in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. LINK

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