The Note: McCain hits bottom

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This comes in the wake of a stellar Washington Post Magazine profile of CEO Bill Marriott, where Marriott heaps praise on Romney, his fellow Mormon and long-time family friend (Willard Mitt Romney was named for J. Willard Marriott Sr.). "You need a chief executive who is a chief executive," Marriott told the Post's Michael S. Rosenwald.

Romney and former mayor Rudolph Giuliani, R-N.Y., have been mighty slow to reveal their fund-raising hauls for the quarter. It sure looks like they have little to brag about in a year where Democrats' fund-raising is swamping Republican efforts to attract cash, "reflecting growing enthusiasm among Democrats and adding to the GOP's already considerable burdens going into 2008," per ABC News.

The kicker:

"I expect every member of this administration to stay well within the boundaries that define legal and ethical conduct. This means avoiding even the appearance of problems," President Bush, addressing his staff shortly after taking office in 2001.

"Even Paris Hilton had to go to jail," Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., winning in the (highly competitive) category of Best Libby Statement by a Democrat in a Supporting Role.

A Note holiday:

The Note is off for the rest of this week and will resume publishing on Monday, July 9. Enjoy your Independence Day.

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