The Note: Bringing It Home

In what could, for a variety of reasons, end up being her final shot at it, Elisabeth Bumiller of the New York Times makes her umpteenth effort to "get" Karl Rove, in which she Notes his recent sunny disposition and writes that "almost nobody knows if Mr. Rove's cheery mood means he is convinced from the campaign's polling that Mr. Bush will win, or whether it is a front to try to put a positive spin on a bad turn of events." LINK

The New York Times' David Kirkpatrick looks at the stakes for evangelical Christian voters in this election, and some mixed political emotions among them. LINK

The New York Times' Joel Brinkley looks at why some local newscasters find Vice President Cheney's message discipline not newsworthy. LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: Kerry-Edwards '04:

Wrapping Edwards' Sunday canvassing in Ohio, the New York Times' Randy Archibold reports he did newspaper interviews with Hawaii political reporters. LINK

Bob Novak has been waiting to use this headline for a while: "Is Kerry relevant to 2004 election?" LINK

An influential Green Bay Bishop urged the city's substantial Catholics to vote against Kerry, based on his stance on abortion. LINK

The Washington Post's Sylvia Moreno on Clinton's stumping for Kerry in Arkansas. LINK


Ralph Nader will hold his last major 2004 campaign rally today in New York City. LINK

Chanteuse Patti Smith's support for Ralph Nader endures like her 1975 classic album, Horses. She will perform at today's Naderfest. LINK

USA Today's Andrea Stone writes that Nader "plodded toward the end," "schlepping from near-empty auditoriums to lecture halls packed with idealistic college students -- and just as many disenchanted former supporters." LINK

Knight Ridder's Maria Recio writes that Nader "is more isolated than ever, down to a small cadre of family and hard-core acolytes." LINK


Tom Shales thinks that "neither presidential candidate has made particularly effective use of television this year." LINK

Howie Kurtz looks skeptically at the media's 2004 record. LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Flint and Murray on the race among the networks to get it right instead of first. LINK

TODAY'S SCHEDULE (all times ET):

—7:30 am: President, Mrs. Bush, and Curt Schilling hold a Victory '04 rally at the ABX Air Hanger, Wilmington, OH

—9:10 am: Laura Bush holds a Victory '04 rally at the International Exposition Center, Cleveland, OH

—9:30 am: President Bush holds a Victory '04 rally at the Post-Gazette Pavilion, Burgettstown, PA

—9:30 am: Sen. John Edwards holds a Fresh Start for America rally at Hamline University, St. Paul, MN

—10:00 am: Elizabeth Edwards greets volunteers, Eau Claire, OH

—10:10 am: Sen. John Kerry rallies supporters upon departing Orlando, FL

—11:15 am: Laura Bush holds a Victory '04 rally at Macomb Community College, Clinton Township, MI

—12:00 pm: Ralph Nader holds a rally across from the New York Stock Exchange in Federal Hall, New York, NY

—12:15 pm: Vice President Cheney holds a rally at the Penrose Equestrian Center, Colorado Springs, CO

—12:15 pm: Sen. Edwards thanks volunteers, Des Moines, IA

—12:30 pm: President Bush holds a Victory '04 rally with Oak Ridge Boys and Brooks & Dunn at the U.S. Cellular Arena, Milwaukee, WI

—12:30 pm: Elizabeth Edwards greets volunteers, Zanesville, OH

—1:30 pm: Teresa Heinz Kerry holds a GOTV rally at Scranton Public high school, Scranton, PA

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