The Note: The Bounce of the Live Cat

Virginia Senate Democratic primary candidate Harris Miller is on the defensive according to the Washington Post's Chris Jenkins, over his history as a lobbyist for Oracle, Microsoft, and other global enterprises that push for open borders and free trade, i.e. non-union beliefs. LINK

As Chris Matthews likes to do in every debate he moderates, he asked Miller and Webb if Sen. Clinton should run for president in 2008. Per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Miller said he is backing former Gov. Warner. Asked if he would support Clinton or Warner for president, Webb said, "I remain undecided." LINK

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Infield Notes that Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) is seizing upon his base's preoccupation with immigration by making it an issue with opponent Bob Casey (D), even though Pennsylvania is geographically distant from the debate's epicenter. LINK

The AP reports that Rep. Katherine Harris (R-FL) has lost yet another key staffer -- this time, it was her chief of staff in Washington. LINK

2006: House:

US News & World Report's Gilgoff on Rep. Bob Ney's (R-OH) efforts to convince his House Republican colleagues that he is viewed quite differently back home in Ohio than he is in Washington, where he is now best known as Representative #1: LINK

2008: conventions:

Per Page Six of the New York Post, the DNC's technical committee is visiting New York this week to assess the infrastructure of the potential 2008 convention host city. LINK

2008: Republicans:

The New York Post's Page Six picks up the Giuliani/Romney social dinner at Davio's Sunday evening. LINK

Gov. Romney touted his state's health care reform while in San Diego. LINK

The AP on proud papa Pataki at his son's graduation from the Marine Corps' basic school in Quantico. LINK

2008: Democrats:

On his first trip to New Hampshire as a potential 2008 presidential candidate, Tom Daschle told the Union Leader's John DiStaso that he wants to keep the Granite State as host of the first presidential primary in the country with no caucuses between Iowa and New Hampshire. LINK

"The beauty of New Hampshire is it affords people who may have no money or organization to at least hold open the possibility that he or she can be competitive because of his or her ability to connect with the voters," Daschle said.

The AP's Mary Clare Jalonick writes, "The former three-term senator, who is considering a White House bid, excoriated President Bush in a speech to Democrats in Manchester, arguing that the chief executive and his administration 'have got to be the most arrogant crowd I ever worked with.'" LINK

And don't miss Jim Cole's excellent accompanying AP photo which tells us two important things.

1. The Merrimack Restaurant is as much a must-stop as it has ever been.

2. June 2006 may even be a bit early for Granite Staters to start gathering in large numbers to poke and prod the potential '08ers.

While in Israel, John Edwards endorsed Prime Minister Olmert's unilateral realignment plan. LINK

House of Labor:

The AFL-CIO takes on China. The New York Times' Greenhouse has the story. LINK

DeLay:

In his farewell address to the House, Tom DeLay went out with one last swipe to the Democrats, using his speech to "deride compromise, defend partisanship, and attack liberalism."

Per the Dallas Morning News, "Most Democrats in the chamber listened for about five minutes before leaving, providing an apt coda to a career built on unapologetic, take-no-prisoners tactics." LINK

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