The Note: Stop Reading Polls

House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) announced Wednesday that the Freedom Project is launching a strategic communications effort -- the Majority Project -- that will work in concert with the RNC and NRCC to support GOP House candidates across the country. The Majority Project will provide House Republican candidates with a daily, aggressive message campaign that draws a stark contrast between Republicans and Democrats on key issues. This effort will include press releases, a counter-communications message, briefs on key campaign issues, and a component that includes radio and television, among others.

In other words: Bill Burton's free ride is over.

The Way to Win:

Right-wing and left-wing bloggers agree: The Way to Win is worth talking about. LINK

See what all the fuss is about by buying your copy of the new Random House book by ABC News' Mark Halperin (apparently, somehow both a pro-Rove extremist and a dangerous liberal) and John F. Harris (the ultra-fair father of three).

You can buy The Way to Win: Taking the White House in 2008 here. LINK

You can also read about The Way to Win in Gary Andres' Washington Times op-ed LINK and John Batchelor's New York Sun piece. LINK

POTUS speaks:

In an online column, Newsweek's Howard Fineman compares President Bush's "benchmarks" to former Vice President Gore's "lock box" and opines that "if I'm a struggling Republican candidate -- buffeted by winds of anger and confusion over the war -- I'm not sure 'benchmarks' will insure MY victory on Nov. 7." LINK

The Washington Post's Peter Baker Notes that separate press conferences by President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki "exposed rising tensions between Washington and Baghdad as the fighting worsens. Maliki upbraided U.S. officials a day after they announced benchmarks for the Iraqi government to meet over the next 12 to 18 months, dismissing the plan as 'the result of elections taking place right now that do not involve us.'" LINK

"With less than two weeks until Election Day, Mr. Bush's decision to address the war and its problems so prominently carries the risk that he will strengthen the Democrats' case that the midterm election is primarily a referendum on his own handling of the war," writes the New York Times' John Broder. LINK

"Mr. Bush's comments, in a news conference at the White House, were a stark indication of concern within the West Wing over eroding support for the war. The violence in Iraq has reached near-record peaks just as voters are considering their final choices for Congress in midterm elections less than two weeks from now, a contest that Mr. Bush has cast in part as a national referendum on the conflict," writes the New York Times' Rutenberg. LINK

In an analysis for the Chicago Tribune, Mark Silva writes, "President Bush may be making his last best case for the war in Iraq, but to growing ranks of skeptics it's the same old argument." LINK

USA Today's David Jackson ledes with President Bush warning Democrats not to celebrate early. LINK

Dean's Democrats:

On "Good Morning America," DNC Chairman Howard Dean told ABC News' Diane Sawyer that "a wide consensus" of Democrats believe beginning a phased redeployment of troops out of Iraq should begin in the next few months. Dean said that bringing the Guard and Reserve home "fairly quickly" after several months will be something Democrats may pursue should they regain a portion of power in Washington, DC after November 7. LINK

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