The Note: Stay on the Offense

Former Vice President Al Gore makes attends a private event for senatorial candidate Jim Pederson (D-AZ) in Phoenix, AZ.

Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) presides over a meeting of the Governors Council at the Governor's Council Chamber at 11:15 am in Boston, MA. Romney speaks at a tribute to the late Boston Celtic legendary coach Red Auerbach at 12:00 pm ET in Boston, MA. Romney then hits the trail speaking at a reception for the North Carolina Republican Party at City Hall Plaza in Charlotte, NC at 7:00 pm ET.

Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) attends a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee and congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) in Chicago, IL at 6:45 pm ET. Sen. Bayh attends a second fundraising dinner for the Democratic National Committee in Chicago, IL at 8:45 pm ET.

At 7 pm ET, Rep. Katherine Harris (R-FL) and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) debate at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

Retired Gen. Wesley Clark (D-AR) attends a Veterans Appreciation Rally in Clarksville, TN with Rep. Harold Ford Jr. at 1:30 pm ET.

And be sure to tune into ABC's "The View" at 11:00 am ET to catch ABC News' Charlie Gibson previewing the best election night coverage around.

2006: Bush vs. Kerry part II: Siding with Bush:

On TIME Magazine's Web site, Karen Tumulty demonstrates her keen understanding of all things Kerry. LINK

"You've got to wonder about John Kerry's eye-hand coordination. His career is falling into a pattern. Whenever Kerry is confronted with a big decision, he tries to compensate for his last mistake," writes Tumulty.

More: "Kerry has managed on the eve of what could be a watershed election to remind pretty much everyone what it was they didn't like about the Democrats, and especially what they didn't like about him. It might have made more sense just to say he was sorry -- for once to get ahead of a mistake, instead of trying to compensate for it the next time."

The Boston Herald's David Wedge writes, "Sen. John Kerry is scrambling to recover from a 'botched joke'. . . that threatens to sink Democrats in Tuesday's election and dash his own presidential hopes." LINK

The New York Post ed board Notes that not one Democratic leader has yet expressed disapproval of Kerry's remarks and asks "any wonder Democrats aren't taken seriously on national security?" LINK

The Washington Times ed board: LINK

The Wall Street Journal ed board feels the same way.

2006: Bush vs. Kerry part II: Open to Kerry's position:

ABC News' Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America reported on the Kerry/Bush political firestorm by first presenting Sen. Kerry's side in the fiasco and then recapping the Republican response. Jake Tapper Noted the affect of the New Media in driving the story and how Republicans used the "botched joke" to galvanize their supporters. Sen. McCain appeared as a live guest and defended the soldiers and repeated his demand for an apology: "They are not there because of academic deficiency, they are there because of love for our country," said McCain.

USA Today includes 'bad joke' in its headline: LINK

The New York Sun's Gerstein Notes how Sen. Kerry's unexpected return to the center of the national political stage has affected the 2006 midterm race controversy and how both parties are responding. LINK

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