The AP's Jim Kuhnhenn writes up the latest RNC web/cable video press release, "The Stakes," and its dramatic reminder that the Republican Party believes its policies can better protect Americans than Democratic policies. LINK
RNC communications director Brian Jones tells Kuhnhenn that the ad will go up on national cable on Sunday, but no further details about the size and extent of the buy were made available. Jones has, however, heard of Barry Goldwater.
Michael Kranish of the Boston Globe compares the ad to the 1964 "daisy ad." This harsh ad which has a similar ticking theme and an Al-Qaeda/terror focus could be a last minute "motivator" for Republicans in 2006, as campaign time dwindles. LINK
Note the "stakes" line echo.
The Washington Times' Charles Hurt reports that Heath Shuler, Brad Ellsworth, and Ken Lucas, three Democrats running in competitive and culturally conservative districts, have refused to say whether they would support Pelosi for Speaker. LINK
But don't kid yourself: if Democrats win control, the Italian grandmother of "five, going on six," has it locked up.
Moonlighting over at National Review, The Hotline's wonky-yet-cool Jonathan Martin ponders the ramifications for "free trade" if folks like Bernie Sanders, Sherrod Brown, and others become Senators. LINK
Politics of intelligence:
Katherine Shrader of the AP reports that Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI) suspended a Democratic staffer for allegedly leaking secret intelligence information to the press, Democrats say the action comes without basis. LINK
Foley: ethics committee investigation:
The Cincinnati Enquirer's Rulon reports that House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) testified in front of the House ethics committee yesterday, "I've made clear on the record what I knew and when I knew it and what I said. I told the committee the same thing," Rep. Boehner said. LINK
The Washington Post's Charles Babington on Boehner and Trandahl's testimony to the House ethics committee. LINK
Note Bonjean's continuing artful language about what constitutes a firing offense, and remember that the Speaker's strategy is to run out the clock past Election Day, at which point following the evidence wherever it leads might actually be cathartic.
Foley: the priest:
Scott Travis of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that Rev. Anthony Mercieca admitted on Thursday to skinny-dipping and touching a young Mark Foley. LINK
Miami Herald on Rev. Mercieca and Mark Foley: LINK
The Herald-Tribune on Rev. Mercieca and Mark Foley: LINK
Joel Hood of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that congressional candidate Joe Negron (R-FL) has been seemingly unable to separate himself from Foley. LINK
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Vanessa Blum reports that Joe Negron and Florida elections officials have asked an appeals court to allow signs to be posted informing voters that Negron will receive any votes for Foley after a judge ruled on Wednesday that such signs would not be allowed. LINK
Daniela Altimari writes in the Hartford Courant that Rep. Rob Simmons (R-CT), one of the most vulnerable House Republicans this year, is carrying a slim two point lead over opponent Joe Courtney (D-CT) in a new Hartford Courant/University of Connecticut poll, but Notes that Simmons beat Courtney by eight points in 2002. LINK