ABC News' The Note: First Source for Political News

Even the Kansas City Star leads with Frances. LINK

Who wins these battleground state of Missouri's Kansas City headlines? LINK

"Democrat slams Kerry for GOP" "Kerry retools message, staff, advertisements" "GOP playing hardball" "Trying times"

Surrogate Schwarzenegger may soon make a Buckeye State campaign swing, reports Joe Matthews of the Los Angeles Times. LINK

"The governor's chief of staff, Patricia Clarey, said late Tuesday that she had discussed the possibility of an appearance there with Bush campaign strategist Karl Rove and campaign manager Ken Mehlman. She said a decision on an appearance was not final and would depend on the governor's schedule and the president's political needs at the time."

More Matthews: "For nearly 25 years in Columbus, Schwarzenegger has owned and sponsored a bodybuilding tournament, the Arnold Classic, which in recent years has grown into a massive convention of the fitness industry. He is also a partner in a local mall, operates a branch of his after-school charity there and keeps the tank he drove in the Austrian army at a military museum in a Columbus suburb."

Republican National Convention: the media:

Be sure to check out ABC's Jonathan Karl's review of "Osama: The Making of a Terrorist" by Jonathan Randal in today's Wall Street Journal on page D16. We're pretty sure that the review might be better than the book.

Republican National Convention: potpourri and 2008:

Ann Gerhart on the Bush twins, day three. LINK

The Republican leader of the New York State Senate predicts George Pataki will not seek reelection in 2006 and will instead begin his quest for the presidency, reports Fred Dicker of the New York Post. LINK

Republican National Convention: op-eds:

George Will: A Goldwater Revival LINK

The New York Times op-ed page solicited thoughts from six Republican administrations about how the President should wrap up his speech and set the tone for the campaign.

William Bragg Ewald Jr.: National Unity: LINK

John Andrews: Upward Bound: LINK

Milton Friedman: What I Learned: LINK

Daniel McGroarty: A Strong Front: LINK

David Frum: Notes of Thanks: LINK

Journalists whine too much about "polarization," writes the Wall Street Journal's editorial board. Truly consequential leaders always polarize, and ya gotta break some eggs to make an omelet.

ABC News Vote 2004: Bush v. Kerry:

Al Hunt writes that Mel Martinez's victory in the Florida primary this week was some nice icing on the cake for Republicans this week, but not only in Florida but in Senate races overall, GOPers shouldn't get out their forks and dig in just yet.

Then he throws in a tantalizing tidbit in the item in which the Kerry campaign poo-poohs the shakeup rumors -- the debate over whether jumping on comments that are clearly a weakness for the President, or windsurfing in Nantucket.

USA Today's Keen has another article about voters' impressions of the candidates' trustworthiness that makes us think of Nicholson as The Joker in Batman. LINK

Dick Morris keys off some Rasmussen "poll" numbers that show how split Democrats are on issues such as Iraq and the war on terror, which may cause problems for John Kerry. LINK

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