The Note: Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda, Part III

According to The Hill's Alexander Bolton, Sen. Joe Lieberman claims that the Democratic leadership assured him he would retain his seniority if he returns to Congress. LINK

2006: Governor:

"Granholm went on the offensive early and kept DeVos on the defensive throughout much of the debate," Notes the Detroit Free Press on the first Granholm/DeVos debate. LINK

Mark Hornbeck of the Detroit News writes that during their first televised debate, Gov. Jennifer Granholm and challenger Dick Devos attacked each other for "lying in TV ads, taking extreme policy positions and failing to lead." LINK

The Schwarzenegger Era:

The San Francisco Chronicle's Carla Marinucci reports that a new poll released Monday may explain Phil Angelides' thus far unsuccessful effort to link the Governator with Bush: Conducted by the San Jose State University Survey and Policy Research Institute, the poll reveals that two-thirds of California voters (including 57% of Democrats, 58% of liberals, 69% of independents and 65% of moderates) say the President's leadership will have "no influence" on their vote for governor. LINK

2008: Republicans:

Sen. Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) said yesterday that the war against Taliban guerillas in Afghanistan could never be won militarily, Notes the Associated Press. LINK

ABC News' Jessica Yellin reports that Frist's staff sent out a clarification of the Senator's comments saying he "didn't mean it as it was taken and we [Frist staffers] are trying to clarify because he clearly does not want the brutal Taliban fighters in the government. But it does make sense to reach out to the native tribes in Afghanistan."

Per the New York Sun's Josh Gerstein, Dr. James Dobson appeared on Laura Ingraham's radio show yesterday and expressed a healthy dose of skepticism that Mitt Romney, a Mormon, can attract large numbers of conservative Christians to his potential presidential campaign. LINK

Dobson then added, "He's a nice guy. He's a very attractive man. He's got a beautiful wife and a lot of his principles and values are consistent with ours. . . "

Lisa Wangsness of the Boston Globe Notes the difficulty that Lt. Gov Kerry Healey (R-MA) faces trying to overcome her boss Gov. Mitt Romney's (R-MA) low approval marks. And don't miss that RGA television ad (conveniently seen in the populous portions of the Granite State) boasting about the ROMNEY-Healey record. LINK

The Washington Post's E.J. Dionne has Mitt Romney's Granite State guy - Tom Rath - viewing Romney as "the GOP's repairman." LINK

Rath said "Republicans need to win back voters who feel they gave 'the keys to the car' to their party only to have it driven 'into the back of the garage.'"

2008: Democrats:

Sen. John Kerry says to pay no attention to his frequent Iowa and New Hampshire visits, his travel schedule is all about the 2006 midterm election. Radio Iowa's Kay Henderson has the story. LINK

The Des Moines Register writes up Kerry's encouraging student activism. LINK

Sen. Bayh, who is apparently seeking a "breath of fresh air" to blow through the nation's capital this year, also chatted with Radio Iowa's Kay Henderson while in the Hawkeye State. LINK

"We have to make this more than just about holding political power," said Sen. Evan Bayh on the Mason City, IA campaign trail. LINK

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