The Note: Gone Fishin' (2006)

More McKinnon: "News of the plot also may help moderate, more-hawkish Democrats, who have been losing ground to their party's liberal wing."

"Arrests Bolster G.O.P. Bid to Claim Security as Issue," the New York Times' Nagourney reports on Republican efforts to use the arrests of terrorists in the UK yesterday to their advantage. LINK

"London Terrorism Arrests May Aid Republican Political Strategy," Bloomberg News. LINK

"Politically, a chance to score some points," the Boston Globe's Charlie Savage sees politicians on both sides of the aisle taking advantage of the would-be terrorism. LINK

"Analysis: Plot Feeds Political Frenzy," the Associated Press. LINK

"Dem Doves on Defense: Lieberman & GOP Seize on Busts to Rip 'Soft' Foes," the New York Post.

"Scramble Starts for Political Advantage," Washington Times on the politics of terrorism. LINK

Chuck Todd's sound bite in David Gregory's package on NBC's "Today" show: "It's absolutely a short term positive for the White House. Anytime the conversation is about the war on terror and not the war in Iraq, it's a positive for the White House." "In visit, Bush's message turns to security," the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. LINK

"Bush: U.S. under threat," the Green Bay Press Gazette on Bush's comments during his trip to Wisconsin. LINK

"Dems tear into GOP," New York Daily News on Democrats accusing the White House and Republicans of politicizing terrorism. LINK

"Once in a while, we are provided with a clarifying moment in the jumble of news we have to sort through on a daily basis. This morning, we had one," wrote Peter Wehner of the White House Office of Strategic Initiatives -- perhaps hoping Americans consider the daily drumbeat of bad news out of Iraq part of the non-clarifying jumble. LINK

More Wehner: "George W. Bush, for whatever complaints some may have about him, understands, with extraordinary clarity, the great struggle of our time."

The Wall Street Journal's ed board contends that the terror plot was exposed by policies -- like surveillance and ethnic profiling -- that many Democrats oppose.

2006: landscape:

"GOP Candidates Facing Troublesome Trend," the AP on a recent AP-Ipsos poll showing the President's approval rating has sunk to 33 percent, causing a possible increased political liability to GOP candidates running this fall. LINK

"More sobering for the GOP are the number of voters who backed Bush in 2004 who are ready to vote Democratic in the fall's congressional elections -- 19 percent. These one-time Bush voters are more likely to be females, self-described moderates, low-to middle-income and from the Northeast and Midwest."

"'Bush Boom' Softens as economy shows new weakness," Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire.

"When Incumbency Loses Some Shine," Charlie Cook's National Journal column in which he writes that Tuesday's primary results "indicate a very volatile, turbulent election year, the kind that incumbents hate for good reason. The advantages of incumbency count for less in such years."

Lieberman vs. Lamont: the poll:

"My Left Nutmeg" has the results of the first post-primary poll courtesy of Rasmussen. LINK

Lieberman 46%

Lamont 41%

Schlesinger 6%

Those results are probably enough to keep the calls from a critical mass of Democrats for Lieberman to drop his bid at bay. . . For now.

(Note, too, the blog item about John Edwards heading to Connecticut next week to campaign with Lamont.)

Lieberman vs. Lamont:

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