The Note: Weakness Attracts Those Who Are Waiting

John Heilemann of New York Magazine writes that the Republicans continue to hope they can successfully vilify Rep. Pelosi. A GOP pollster Notes that "the smartest thing Rahm Emanuel could do is have her spend the rest of the campaign in Alaska and Hawaii -- taking a boat from one to the other." LINK

The Los Angles Times offers a profile about the potential Speaker-to-be and how she has "balanced the interests of 200-plus colleagues of varied philosophies with the demands of a district about as far left politically as it is geographically." Mark Z. Barabak also Notes how some in Pelosi's district don't see her as being as liberal as some much of the rest of the country does. LINK

GOP agenda:

In Sunday's Washington Post's, Charles Babington reported that "many senators say that either Reid or McConnell, because of their backgrounds, can lead the Senate with more skill than Frist, 54, who struggled to build winning coalitions on issues such as immigration, Social Security and the nominations of several judges and John R. Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations." LINK

Democratic agenda:

Through a combination of campaign pledges by congressional leaders and the conservative stances of some Democratic House challengers, the Wall Street Journal's John D. McKinnon does not see a Democratic Congress doing much tax hiking in the next session of Congress if they were to win power.

The New York Times' Shaila Dewan and Anne Kornblut look at the wealth of conservative and moderate Democratic candidates and the impact these members would likely have should the Democrats take one or both houses of Congress. LINK

Quoting Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI), "My guess is that if Democrats are in the majority, it's going to be because of these New Democrat, Blue Dog candidates out there winning in these competitive swing districts."

"Corporate America is already thinking beyond Election Day, increasing its share of last-minute donations to Democratic candidates and quietly devising strategies for how to work with Democrats if they win control of Congress," wrote the New York Times' Zeleny and Pilhofer on Saturday. LINK


On Sunday, Adam Nagourney of the New York Times wrote up what probably drives more fear into Democratic hearts and minds than anything else at this stage of the campaign -- the thus-far superior GOP GOTV operation. LINK

Dan Gilgoff of US News and World Report discusses the power of "get out the vote" efforts in an election with a "dispirited" GOP base and the Democrats "revamped ground game" where it could come down to "which party can get its voters to the polls." LINK

2006: landscape:

Time magazine's Joe Klein explains that when Republicans weren't able to use terrorism, immigration, or taxes against Democrats, they unleashed a series of ads "painting the Democrats as sex-crazed, homosexual-loving, porn-perusing --and in the case of the novelist and Virginia Senate candidate Jim Webb, porn-writing -- perverts." LINK

"It was vivid proof that the prospect of a hanging doesn't always concentrate the mind. Sometimes it leads to feral, piss-pants desperation."

Note that Sen. Schumer and DSCC executive director J.B. Poersch tell Klein that the most important ad of the cycle may have been Rep. Sherrod Brown's (D-OH) counterpunch to Sen. DeWine's ad featuring a slightly distorted image of the World Trade Center.

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