The Note: Weakness Attracts Those Who Are Waiting

Carla Hall in Saturday's Los Angeles Times reported how "the son of a black father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas…electrified the 2004 Democratic National Convention as a speaker, won his Senate race and in two short years catapulted from junior senator to fantasy presidential candidate and Time magazine cover guy." LINK

The Boston Globe's Rick Klein writes up Sen. Kerry's offensive/defensive tone on the campaign trail defending a House candidate's service in Iraq as part of his stumping for Democratic candidates around the country. A seemingly invigorated Kerry told the crowd in Philadelphia, "'I'm in a fighting mood, we -- together -- lost to two lies: the lie about the war in Iraq, and the lie about me personally. And if you don't think that puts me in a fighting mood, you don't know John Kerry.'" LINK

Gordon Brown, Tony Blair's likely successor as head of the Labor Party in the United Kingdom, has signed on Al Gore as his international adviser for climate change issues. LINK

In an editorial that mocks his popularity across the pond, the Wall Street Journal's ed board Notes that Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt invoked former Vice President Gore recently in "proposing a new 'environmentally friendly' tax on packages that would penalize users of aluminum or plastic and provide incentives to switch to paper or cardboard, whose production releases less CO2 into the atmosphere."

Casting and counting:

Hattie Bernstein of the Nashua Telegraph reports that on Election Day, Granite State polling places will be accessible to those with disabilities because of newly leased state equipment. LINK

The Clintons of Chappaqua:

Sunday's New York Daily News captured the Clinton fest weekend. LINK

The political week ahead:

On Tuesday, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) holds a rally with Gov. Jim Doyle (D-WI), Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI), and Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) at the Pere Marquette Park in Milwaukee, WI at 10:00 am ET. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) speaks to the Council on Foreign Relations regarding Asia and the Middle East in New York, NY at 1:00 pm ET. Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) discusses the future of U.S.-China relations at the Asia Society in New York City. The Brookings Institution hosts a 2:00 pm ET discussion on "Polarizing the House of Representatives: How Much Does Gerrymandering Matter?"

On Wednesday, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and his challenger Rep. Katherine Harris (R-FL) debate at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL at 7:00 pm ET. Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC) and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tommy Moore are scheduled to debate in Conway, SC. Sen. John McCain is scheduled to campaign with Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN). The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management hosts a "2006 Election Forecasting Panel" discussion at 11:00 am ET at the United States Capitol in Washington, DC. The Brookings Institution has a 2:00 pm ET planned discussion scheduled entitled, "Will the November Elections Help Mend the Broken Branch?"

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