The Note: Stay on the Offense

Hope that Harold Meyerson is right: "But what next week's election seems likely to illustrate is that the laws of thermodynamics -- in particular, the one that states that for every reaction there is an equal and opposite reaction -- have not been repealed. Upstate New York, the Philadelphia suburbs, Connecticut's tweedy enclaves and the Microsoft precincts surrounding Seattle seem poised to show that they've had it with the party that restricts funding for stem cell research. In Arizona and Colorado, secular libertarians have grown estranged from the party that invested the power of the federal government in the cause of keeping Terri Schiavo in a vegetative state. In Ohio, voters look to be revolted not just by the corruption of their state and national Republican parties but also by the party's indifference to the collapse of the state's industrial economy." LINK

Michael Whouley.

Robo calls from Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Barack Obama, Jesse Jackson.

Getting Senator John "October Unsurprise" Kerry to apologize and then go to Sun Valley until Nov. 8, 20XX (Insert year of your choice here.)

Rahm switching from threats to tough love (and back again) -- for his own candidates.

Making the end-game wide and narrow messages Bush, Iraq, Bush, Iraq, change, Bush, Iraq. (repeat for emphasis)

At this point, you cannot name a single race that is clearly impacted by John Kerry's gaffe, but the national environment might be altered, and certainly the conservative base is one step closer to where it needs to be.

John Kerry has gotten off the stage - sorta. Kerry has cancelled planned campaign appearances for Democratic candidates in Minnesota and Pennsylvania today and in Iowa tomorrow. Kerry has returned to Washington, DC today. He had planned to spend the later part of the week at home in Massachusetts.

Kerry called into Imus this morning and said he was "sorry" for the "botched joke" and said his friend John McCain is on the wrong side of this controversy. LINK

Kerry's spokesman David Wade explains to The Note Kerry's decision to cancel campaign appearances. "We made a decision not to allow the Republican hate machine to use Democratic House candidates as proxies in their distorted spin war in which once again they're willing to exploit brave American troops -- so yes we've canceled campaign events -- but we're staying at the fight to hold Bush accountable on Iraq -- any day this president has to debate his failed policy in Iraq is another day Republican candidates dread," said Wade.

President Bush has no public events scheduled for today. He does plan to tape a radio interview with Rush Limbaugh at 10:45 am ET where the Kerry fires will likely continue to be stoked. Be on the lookout for possibly another presidential interview during the course of the day. Mr. Bush also plans to meet with Secretaries Rumsfeld and Rice as part of his regular weekly meetings.

White House spokesman Tony Snow holds a briefing today at noon ET.

First Lady Laura Bush campaigns for Rep. Ron Lewis (R-KY) at a Kentucky Victory 2006 Rally in Radcliff, KY at 11:30 am ET. The First Lady then travels to Hilliard, OH to attend an Ohio Victory 2006 Rally at 3:00 pm ET.

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