Informed But Not Consulted

WASHINGTON, May 9

Like Steve Hess, The Note did its best work during the Eisenhower years.

Still, it's pretty obvious The Note could be an effective modern White House chief of staff.

What would be on The Note's to-do list if it had the position today?

1. Whatever it takes, do not let the President's job approval rating fall into the 20s in any public survey. (Comfort yourself with the fact that maybe if that happens in a CBS poll it will rally the base.) (Worry that such a poll might rally the other side's base too.)

2. Whatever it takes, get Speaker Hastert and Chairman Hoekstra to stop trashing Mr. Hayden. (Comfort yourself with the knowledge that Republican members of the Senate Intelligence Committee are coming nicely on board, and you just might get that we-are-for-spying-on-terrorists-and-they-aren't debate.) (Worry that the press will keep interviewing Hoekstra until he stops saying this stuff, and he doesn't appear inclined to stop.)

3. Get Speaker Bense into the Florida Senate race. (Comfort yourself with the confidence that he is getting in.) (Worry that Representative Harris is not getting out.)

4. Re-read the memo that Tony Snow sent you last week. (Comfort yourself with the delight that you made the right pick.) (Worry that the missive might have been a parody.)

Understanding his audience and armed with this list of 4, President Bush got an early start today with a 8:30 am ET Medicare prescription drug benefit enrollment event in Coconut Creek, FL. He then heads to Sun City Center, FL to make remarks on the Medicare drug program. He'll be introduced by his brother, Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL), at 11:15 am ET.

After the speech, President Bush travels to Orlando, FL where he remains overnight with no public schedule for the remainder of the day as of this writing. Though, we are pretty certain Jim Rutenberg of the New York Times (and others) will be on the lookout for a Bush-Bense-Bush meeting. LINK

ABC News' Sunshiney Karen Travers reports, "President Bush will be greeted by Katharine Harris at MacDill Air Force Base this morning in Tampa, FL, but she will not be attending the event in Sun City Center, FL.

Judicial nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies in his confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee at 2:00 pm ET.

The White House put out a press release last night touting Kavanaugh's qualifications for the US Court of Appeals - the sheet calls him "superbly qualified for the DC Circuit" and highlights bipartisan support for his nomination, reports ABC News' Karen Travers.

Nebraska and West Virginia hold primaries today. The polls opened in West Virginia at 6:30 am ET and are scheduled to close at 7:30 pm ET. In Nebraska, the polls opened at 9:00 am ET and are scheduled to close at 9:00 pm ET. You can monitor results here: LINK and LINK

The weather forecast for Omaha, NE: LINK

The weather forecast for Charleston, WV: LINK

And the Sharpe James era in Newark, NJ takes a step closer to its end. Cory Booker is poised to win the mayoral election there today which begs the question if he would receive as much glowing press as an incumbent mayor as he has as a two-time mayoral candidate over the last five years. Polls opened at 6:00 am and will close at 8:00 pm ET.

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