BROWNBACK: This Kansas City Star piece doesn't bill itself as a rundown of everything that's gone wrong for Sam Brownback's campaign, but it turns out to do just that.
While campaigning in Iowa over the weekend, Brownback took a veiled shot at Giuliani, saying the eventual GOP nominee needs to uphold all aspects of the GOP platform -- both on the economic and social fronts.
GIULIANI: The New York Times front-pages how Giuliani has softened his image and rhetoric on the campaign trail. "The dyspeptic, 'not afraid to suggest his opponents have really deep-seated psychological problems' Republican mayor of fact and legend has taken a holiday. What's left on the presidential campaign trail is a commanding daddy of a candidate, a disciplined fellow who talks about terrorism and fiscal order and about terrorism some more."
The New York Post sees similarities between the speed bumps in the early stages of Giuliani's presidential campaign and the mistakes he made in his first bid for office -- the unsuccessful '89 mayoral race.
HUCKABEE: While he left office thanks to a swift kick from the voters, it's still a big deal whom ex-South Carolina GOP Gov. David Beasley endorses. And he's gotten behind Huckabee, mostly due what he thought were Huckabee's standout debate performances.
*** Update*** Just to be clear, the "swift kick from the voters" refers to Beasley, not Huckabee.
MCCAIN: While everyone had a busy Memorial Day weekend of campaign events, no one had a bigger audience than John McCain, who was the honorary starter for the Coca-Cola 600, which attracts 200,000 fans.
ROMNEY: The Washington Post hits Romney for his attacks on McCain-Feingold by noting that Romney, too, was for some very stringent campaign-finance reform measures when running for office in Massachusetts. Another flip-flop for Mitt?
Are you aware that Romney has already spent approximately $4 million on TV ads?
The Politico's Wilner looks at Romney's Massachusetts problem. "We've seen presidential candidates hold up their home bases as assets, supposed proof to their parties that they can convert some sought-after state in the general election. We've also seen candidates get hammered by opponents for where they come from -- namely, the two previous nominees to hail from Massachusetts. Not in recent memory have we seen a candidate treat his own state as a liability. But after four years of governing Massachusetts and only five months out of office, that's what Romney is doing."
F. THOMPSON: The fact that Tennessee GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn decided to switch her allegiances from Romney to her ex-Tennessee colleague Fred Thompson isn't surprising. The question we have: How many supporters NOT from Tennessee will Romney, McCain, and Giuliani lose once Thompson gets in?