The Note: Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda, Part III

President Bush attends a campaign reception for Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA) at the Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium in Stockton, CA at 12:15 pm ET. Mr. Bush then heads north for a campaign reception for Rep. John Doolittle (R-CA) at the Serrano Country Club in El Dorado Hills, CA. The President's last stop today will be at a Republican National Committee reception at 9:05 pm ET in Los Angeles, CA.

Vice President Cheney speaks at a 2:05 pm ET luncheon for Rep. Henry Bonilla (R-TX) in San Antonio, TX. Cheney then speaks at a 7:00 pm ET reception for congressional candidate Van Taylor in Dallas, TX.

RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman attends the Los Angeles, CA fundraising reception with President Bush this evening. As of this writing, Mehlman has no plans to do any press today.

Tomorrow, First Lady Laura Bush campaigns for Rep. Reynolds in his suburban Buffalo district, and then separately participates in a local radio program about youth issues, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) campaigns for the Ohio Democratic Party in Columbus, OH.

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) appears at a "Women for Webb" fundraising luncheon at 12:30 pm ET at Le Bergerie in Alexandria, VA for Democratic Senate candidate Jim Webb.

Check below for some other political goings on today.

Foley: calls for Hastert to resign:

The usually Republican-friendly editorial page of the Washington Times calls on Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) to resign his post. LINK

From the editorial on Hastert: "Either he was grossly negligent for not taking the red flags fully into account and ordering a swift investigation, for not even remembering the order of events leading up to last week's revelations -- or he deliberately looked the other way in hopes that a brewing scandal would simply blow away. . . Mr. Hastert has forfeited the confidence of the public and his party, and he cannot preside over the necessary coming investigation, an investigation that must examine his own inept performance."

The Washington Times ed board suggests replacing Hastert with retiring Rep. Henry Hyde (R-IL) for the three months remaining in this Congress and to oversee a "full and exhaustive" investigation.

Speaker Hastert's spokesman Ron Bonjean issued this statement in response: "The Speaker has and will lead the Republican conference to another majority in the 110th Congress. Mark Foley has resigned his seat in dishonor and the criminal investigation of this matter will continue. The Speaker is working everyday on ensuring the House is a safe, productive environment for Members, staff and all those who are employed by the institution."

The Washington Post reports, "David Bossie, who runs a group called Citizens United, called yesterday for Hastert's resignation and said other conservative leaders are likely to follow suit." LINK

The New York Sun's Gerstein has Family Research Council's Tony Perkins' comments to CNN that the Foley affair will be "very harmful for Republican turnout across the country." LINK

The New York Times' Carl Hulse and Jeff Zeleny write that Speaker Hastert faced increasing scrutiny over the Republican Party's response to the Foley scandal. Also of Note,"officials said that several pages who had received electronic messages from Mr. Foley had already been located," suggesting there are other pages who may step forward. LINK

"The October surprise came early this election year," write Bloomberg's Catherine Dodge and Jay Newton-Small. LINK

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