The Note: Hair-raiser


Radio ads are inexpensive (no TV yet for Rudy), but this could indicate a change in strategy for Giuliani, who has hinted strongly that he would focus on the larger states that vote after the first batch. (Maybe somebody's noticing that the field looks mighty different with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., down if not quite out.) And not mentioning 9/11? Will his candidacy be larger than that of Action Hero Rudy? The ads "play up Giuliani's cuts in crime, welfare rolls, taxes and government spending in New York City when he was its mayor from 1994 to 2001," Newsday's Tom Brune writes.

Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., is such a nice guy to be running such a rough campaign. He's got two rival candidates -- former governor Mitt Romney, R-Mass., and Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., simultaneously calling on him to pull automated phone calls from circulation. Brownback is attacking both for past financial ties to Planned Parenthood, and is standing by the ads, even though neither is still on the air, ABC's Julia Bain reports.

With the federal minimum wage increasing today, ABC's Teddy Davis identifies another possible Romney flip-flop. He was in favor of automatically adjusting the state minimum wage to account for inflation when he ran for governor in 2002, but isn't stating a position now. "You know, I haven't looked at the federal minimum-wage process," Romney said. It's an easy enough question for a Harvard MBA to understand, governor: The minimum wage doesn't adjust for inflation now -- do you want it to in the future?

Another Romney staffer is in the news -- and not in a good way. Now one is boasting in his MySpace profile that "he's a top secret 'special ops' employee who toils in the 'underbelly of politics,' " per the Boston Herald's Casey Ross.

Paul Kane of The Washington Post has details of "political briefings for the Bush administration's top diplomats," including Karl Rove-run PowerPoint presentations for ambassadors. "The briefings, mostly run by Rove's deputies at the White House political affairs office, began in early 2001 and included detailed analyses for senior officials of the political landscape surrounding critical congressional and gubernatorial races, according to documents obtained by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee," Kane writes. We are shocked.

The kicker:

"I am going to take whatever I have left and go home. . . . Good-bye America." -- Cindy Sheehan, May 29.

"I had to get back into it." -- Sheehan, yesterday, as she prepares to announce her candidacy against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. This makes her "the Michael Jordan of the peace movement," per The Washington Post's Dana Milbank.

Next up: The Republican presidential debate August 5 in Des Moines, to be broadcast as a special edition of ABC's "This Week." Submit your questions for the candidates here.

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