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Strategy Memo: Tightrope To Victory

Good Monday morning. College graduations near airports that back up constantly are not recommended. Here's what Washington is watching this morning:

-- The House and Senate meet for morning business today, though no roll call votes will be cast. President Bush, back from his Middle East trip, meets with Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson in the Oval Office, while Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice meets with the prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, followed by a sit-down with Miguel Angel Moratinos, the Spanish foreign minister.

-- Twenty-four hours from now, Kentuckians will be headed to the polls and Oregonians will be dropping off the last of their mail-in ballots. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are making their final stops in the two states, where a combined 103 delegates will be allocated, and their itineraries are telling. Clinton will hit four stops in Kentucky, while Obama spends today in Montana, which holds its contest on June 3. Clinton's victory night rally will happen in Louisville, while Obama spends his Tuesday in Des Moines, Iowa, where general election voters have already gotten a visit from John McCain.

-- Obama has consistently polled ahead in Oregon, and it shows: His campaign attracted 75,000 -- not a typo -- to a rally in Portland yesterday, which included kayakers on the Columbia River, a la those who used to wait in McCovey Cove for a Barry Bonds home run, the New York Times reports. He will do worse in Kentucky, where polls have showed Clinton leading by wide margins and where the demographics mirror eastern and southern Ohio and West Virginia, both areas where Obama got stomped. Much like two weeks ago, when voters in North Carolina and Indiana rendered a split decision, voters in the two states will likely pick different winners, but this time the split may favor Clinton, if only slightly.

-- As his campaign claims to be little more than a dozen delegates away from outright victory, though, Obama does not plan to say he's won just yet, Politico writes. Not wanting to appear presumptuous or to anger Clinton backers, Obama will continue campaigning in the few remaining primary contests while spending significant time in general election states, focusing on John McCain. For the first time in months, Obama will spend time in Florida, a state in which polls show him seriously trailing McCain and one he needs to make at least somewhat close if he's to have a chance in November.

-- When the history books are written, authors will try to explain how a young upstart beat out one of the giant political families in decades. But often overlooked is the assumption that the Clintons are the Democratic establishment. Given their path to power, built not in Washington but in Little Rock, the Clintons remained outsiders, at times triangulating Bill Clinton's presidency over the fortunes of Congressional Democrats. That creates hard feelings, as the Boston Globe's Susan Milligan writes today. There's a reason Clinton never received more than a third of the pledged super delegate votes: Washington Democrats don't want to cede the party to Bill or Hillary, and they, not the Clintons, are the establishment.

-- On the other side of the aisle, a new conventional wisdom is building: John McCain has a very good chance to win the general election, but if he does, he will do so with a hugely reduced minority in the House and the Senate. Regardless of what happens at the top of the ticket, Republican chances in Congressional races are grim, at best, as McClatchy's Thomma and Talev write. If McCain heads to his own inauguration facing a sixty- or seventy-seat deficit in the House and a near-super majority in the Senate, bipartisanship will be the only way he gets anything done. McCain makes the case that he's spent a career working across the aisle, but he may be forced to make that argument to the chattering classes in order to convince them his administration would be hamstrung from the beginning.

-- Meanwhile, McCain will use a speech that starts just moments from now to hit both his Democratic rivals on taxes and trade, according to prepared remarks released by his campaign. And previewing a new line of attack that could crop up in November, McCain will mention the controversy over an Obama adviser's purported comments to a Canadian official that the Democrat's promise to renegotiate NAFTA was just election year talk. McCain will accuse Obama of practicing "the kind of politics that exploits problems instead of solving them, that breeds resentment instead of opportunity." Driving the point home further still, McCain will give the remarks in Obama's home town, Chicago.

-- Scandal Potential Of The Day: A new type of government information -- known as controlled unclassified information -- has been established via presidential memo, as the Washington Post's Walter Pincus writes today. That new classification, open government advocates say, creates an additional layer of secrecy, while proponents argue it is necessary in sharing information about terrorism suspects with those inside and outside the government. In the myriad investigations sure to follow the Bush Administration out of office, remember the CUI designation. It may come up more than once.

-- Today On The Trail: McCain addresses trade and taxes in a speech to the National Restaurant Association in Chicago before heading to Georgia; he will meet the media in Savannah this evening. Obama is in Montana, stumping in Billings, Crow Agency and Bozeman, Montana, while wife Michelle spends the day stumping in Kentucky. Clinton has rallies planned for Maysville, Prestonsburg, Lexington and Louisville, in the Bluegrass State, while husband Bill stumps elsewhere in the state.