The Note: Condemned to Repeat

WASHINGTON, June 23

The Note only looks backward in order to learn for the purposes of looking forward. Thus, what we collectively learned this week that has stark applicability to 2006 and 2008:

1. The Democrats' Iraq policy is NOT "cut and run" (Reed and Kerry), NOT "irresponsible" or "unpatriotic" (Reid), and NOT based on "political considerations," (Feingold).

2. The elapsed time for pregnant pause between the question being asked and the non-responsive response being given is exactly the same for when one asks Joe Biden about John Kerry on Iraq and one asks Congressman Rahm about Chairman Dean on, uhm, anything.

3. Senator Kerry remains as cagey a political analyst as ever, with quotes like this to the Boston Globe: "But Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat, called the support for his amendment `terrific,' pointing out that the bill drew more than twice as many votes as a slightly different version of his proposal introduced last week. `Our numbers are growing, and our ability to apply constant pressure to change course is stronger than it was just a week ago,' Kerry said after the vote."

4. The Republicans are resigned to trying to trick the base with dog-and-pony hearings on immigration and to responsibly deal with the matter in a lame-duck session.

5. There will be moments between now and this November in which scary national security developments will occur, and no one should be Surprised if some of these moments occur in October. As in: LATE October.

6. Not even a little bit of jet lag can keep the President from his baseball. At 1:20 pm ET, President Bush attends the White House Tee Ball game on the South Lawn -- the first weekday game of its kind at 1600. The New Jersey McGuire Air Force Base team from New Jersey takes on the New London, Connecticut Naval Submarine Base team.

Press Secretary Tony Snow briefs the White House press corps at 11:00 am ET. Attorney General Gonzales holds a 10:30 am ET news conference on the Miami terror arrests.

At 2:00 pm ET, FBI Director Robert Mueller delivers an address on domestic terrorism to the City Club of Cleveland and is expected to address the news of day too.

Vice President Cheney is in Chicago, IL today. He addresses the Chicago Mercantile Exchange at 11:45 am ET and then headlines a fundraiser for congressional candidate David McSweeney at 1:30 pm ET. Here's more on the trip from the Chicago Tribune: LINK

DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff participates in a 10:00 am ET panel sponsored by the Heritage Foundation: "'24' and America's Image in Fighting Terrorism: Fact, Fiction or Does it Matter?" The three "24" cast members who are expected to participate: Mary Lynn Rajskub (Chloe O'Brian), Carlos Bernard (Tony Almeida), and Gregory Itzin (President Charles Logan). Rush Limbaugh takes the day off from the radio show to moderate.

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) was scheduled to address the NDN 2006 annual meeting at 9:00 am ET.

Gov. Tom Vilsack (D-IA) rounds out the '08er appearances at NDN with his 11:00 am ET remarks.

Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) is in Philadelphia, PA today where he discusses US-Russia relations at 11:15 am ET and holds a media availability following his speech.

Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) tours damage caused by Hurricane Katrina with Sen. Landrieu (D-LA) in his first trip to New Orleans since the storm.

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