The Note: Spending All the Time in the Vanity Factory

"Here in the Houston suburb once represented by Tom DeLay, Mr. Bush was greeted at a campaign rally like a man whose public approval ratings are 73 percent, not 37 percent," writes Sheryl Gay Stolberg of the New York Times on President Bush's stumping for Republican candidates and "the image White House strategists are seeking for the president in the waning days of the campaign: that of a confident leader, surrounded by adoring supporters." LINK

Pelosi politics:

USA Today's Kathy Kiely takes a look at one of Vice President Cheney's favorite topics -- what the House would look like under a Speaker Pelosi. LINK

Democratic agenda:

Despite the risk of exacerbating "racial strains in the House," the Washington Post's Lois Romano and Jonathan Weisman report that aides close to DCCC Chairman Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) say he has not ruled out a challenge to Democratic Caucus Chairman Jim Clyburn (D-SC) to be House Majority Whip if Democrats take back the House. The Washington Post duo also review the potential race between House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Rep. John Murtha (D-PA). LINK

GOP agenda:

Roll Call's Erin Billings reports that "several Republican Senate sources" reveal that Sen. Lott (R-Miss.) recently made calls seeking GOP Senators' support for Majority whip if Sen. Santorum loses re-election despite those close to Lott who dismiss the notion.

Politics of immigration:

"Immigration Arrests Down 8% for Year," reports the Washington Post's Spencer Hsu. LINK

According to a Wall Street Journal on-line write-up of a New Republic ad contest, Vernon Robinson, the Republican running against Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC) in North Carolina's solid Democratic 13th congressional district, has a television ad which features "an image of a Latino man grabbing his crotch and the disturbing suggestion that illegal immigrants 'take our jobs and our government handouts, then spit in our face and burn our flag,'" LINK

Foley politics:

Andrew Marra of the Palm Beach Post reports that ex-Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) has extended his 30-day stay in rehab at Sierra Tucson. LINK

The New York Times' Mark Leibovich reports that all the attention has kept House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) in his home district, ignoring questions of his resignation and confirming his intention to remain Speaker if the Republicans retain the House. LINK

As for Leibovich, he is totemo kawaii, desu ne!!! Rep. Ray LaHood (R-Ill.) gets his letter to the editor published in USA Today in which he repeats his suggestions to Speaker Hastert to temporarily suspend the House page program. LINK

Some that happen in Vegas, don't stay in Vegas:

This morning Rep. Jim Gibbons' (R-NV) lawyer plans to petition a court for the release of the surveillance videos from the Metropolitan Police Department with regards to the now infamous Friday the 13th encounter in a Las Vegas parking garage. The Las Vegas Review-Journal's Molly Ball has the story. LINK

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani appeared yesterday at an event for Rep. Gibbons in Las Vegas while across the city Ret. Gen. Wesley Clark stumped for Democratic challenger Dina Titus, Notes the Review-Journal's Molly Ball. LINK

2006: campaign advertising:

Jim Kuhnhenn of the AP explores the amount of negative ad spending this election cycle. Kuhnhenn reports $160 million has been spent on negative ads compared to $17 million on positive images. LINK

Casting and counting:

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