The Note: Getting the Worm

Karl Rove traveled to Iowa yesterday to raise funds for Republican candidates in two of the most competitive and closely watched House districts in the country, reports the AP's Henry C. Jackson, provoking outcries from Democrats who used visit to tie the beneficiaries of the private fundraisers--Mike Whalen in the 1st District and Jeff Lamberti in the 3rd--to President Bush. LINK

More from the Quad City Times: LINK

Vice President Dick Cheney will be the second Bush administration official to travel to Iowa on behalf of Republican congressional candidates in two days, following Rove's appearance in the state yesterday, writes the Quad City Times' Ed Tibbets. The Vice President will fundraise for Mike Whalen. LINK

Democrats Ben Frasier and Randy Maatta face one another in today's South Carolina primary election for the House, the winner of whom will face three-time incumbent Rep. Henry Brown (R-SC) in November. LINK

2008:

Thomas Beaumont of the Des Moines Register reports that at least six 2008 hopefuls--including Gov. Romney, Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AK), Gov. George Pataki (R-NY), Sen. McCain, Gov. Tom Vilsack (D-IA), and Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN)--have begun assembling staffs in Iowa, laying out the foundations for their respective party's primary. LINK

Sen. Clinton and Gov. Romney will both invade Arkansas next month as they hold $100-per-plate luncheons (but not together), per the Arkansas News Bureau. LINK

2008: Republicans:

Natalie Lombardo of the Oakland Press of Michigan posits that if Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) indeed chooses to run, he's a lock to win the Wolverine State. LINK

The Hotline's Jonathan Martin reports Gov. Romney's (R-MA) hiring Nick Breeding (who was serving as deputy political director at the RGA) as the South Carolina field director for his Commonwealth PAC. And Note the private Romney/Boehner and Romney/Blunt meetings yesterday. LINK

"Gov. Mitt Romney appeared on televangelist Pat Robertson's '700 Club' to dismiss criticism of his Mormon faith and recall a 1968 'near death' car wreck in Paris," reports the Boston Herald's Dave Wedge. LINK

Christian Broadcasting Network host David Brody told the Herald that Gov. Romney is "right out of central casting for the presidency. It seems like he may have the whole package that folks potentially could be looking for."

2008: Democrats:

First the quote: ""I'd rather be at home making love to my wife while my children are asleep." Now the context: Sen. Joseph Biden (D-DE) seems "plenty interested" in the White House in 2008, but he claims that despite his confidence to execute the office of the President of the United States, he could do without the job itself. LINK

Blogger Peter Daou has joined Team Clinton, apparently proving to all that Sen. Clinton takes the power of the blogosphere to heart -- or at least grasps the importance of appearing to do so. Here is the New York Times' Hernandez: LINK

"Daou will be rolling up his sleeves to undo the netroots damage Clinton caused by her vote last week against a plan to pull U.S. troops out of Iraq by July 1, 2007 - a measure that won Kerry and Feingold the praise of party liberals," writes the New York Post's Ian Bishop. LINK

The Westchester Journal News explores some of the disaffection that exists within the liberal base of the Democratic Party for Sen. Clinton due to her position on the war. LINK

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