The Note: Pick Your Poisoned Apple

Gov. Schwarzenegger asks President Bush for details, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The paper expects those specifics to come out today. LINK

Bush Administration:

Tom Friedman uses his New York Times column to bemoan the Goss/Foggo era at the CIA and he suggests that the Bush Administration has been one where loyalty trumps expertise. LINK

2008:

The New York Post's Fred Dicker writes, "A majority of New York voters want Rudy Giuliani to run for president, and almost half say Hillary Rodham Clinton should go for it, too - but only 22 percent want Gov. Pataki to seek the nation's highest office," according to a new Marist poll. LINK

When Rep. Reynolds was asked about Pataki as a presidential prospect, the NRCC chair said "he's my friend" while adding (in a less-than-glowing way) that it is "up to the states to determine if he'll be an appealing candidate."

The New York Daily News' Helen Kennedy Notes that a majority of New Yorkers don't think either Sen. Clinton or former Mayor Giuliani can win the presidency. LINK

2008: Republicans:

The Boston Herald takes on Romney's remark on Good Morning America yesterday in which he warned of the possibility of "looting" in the face of severe flooding; per the Herald, "the remarks puzzled local officials who reported no incidents of looting in the Bay State, New Hampshire or Maine, and prompted experts to question if Romney was raising red flags for no reason - or for political reasons." LINK

The chief justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court is set to retire in July, reports the Boston Globe, which will give Gov. Romney the opportunity to "fill the most prominent judgeship likely to become vacant in his tenure with someone whose background will showcase Romney's conservative bona fides for a possible presidential bid in 2008." LINK

In his New York Post op-ed Eric Fettmann writes of the changing nature of the McCain-media relationship. LINK

"Actually, much of the criticism of McCain comes from people who are finally waking up to the fact that, for all his lapses from GOP orthodoxy, the Arizona senator is very much a conservative and always has been - particularly on the kind of social issues on which liberalism and conservatism are conventionally defined."

Patrick Healy of the New York Times writes that "on balance," the applause for McCain at Columbia "outweighed the boos" while Noting that students limited their demonstrations to "the visual variety." LINK

McCain "was greeted with a mix of cheers and jeers" yesterday at Columbia University, reports the New York Post. LINK

The New York Daily News on the "rain-soaked crowd." LINK

"That's a fact that many on the left and in the media conveniently ignored two years ago, when they literally pleaded with McCain to run with John Kerry on the 'dream team' that would, presumably, send President Bush packing."

The Washington Times' Ralph Z. Hallow (he of the Rove-complimented haircut) writes that Huckabee "made it official" yesterday, "sort of." LINK

Huckabee told reporters in Washington yesterday that he is "seriously" preparing a run for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination. He said the biggest impediment is money and added that he wouldn't mind being tagged as a "populist."

"'I have more in common with the people working in the kitchen than with those sitting at the head table,' he said."

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