Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was also in attendance and very blunt about her intentions, "what I'll be doing is taking the gavel from the speaker and from the hand of special interests." DCCC Chairman Rahm Emanuel declared, "when the enemy is in retreat, you go down and get them and make sure they know what came and hit them." He assured voters that the Dems offensive strategy has not slowed down, "they are not going to roll over and play dead so we can scratch their bellies."
In a story that wraps all of yesterday's Kerry developments, the Washington Post's Peter Baker reports that Don Imus "reflected Democratic anxieties by asking Kerry to stop talking publicly because it might 'ruin' the party's election chances." LINK
Baker also reports: the DSCC is launching $1 million in ads against Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ); the NRCC has launched a $200,000-plus ad to help Rep. Charles Taylor (R-NC), the NRCC is "spending heavily in Idaho," and Rep. Melissa Hart (R-PA) is "also getting last-minute help from the NRCC."
As for the DCCC's national cable buy on Iraq, Baker reports that the ad buy is "small and is scheduled for CNN alone" while Noting that "more than half of Democratic candidates in close races for the House and Senate are planning ads criticizing Bush for his management of the war" in the final days before the elections.
Spending on media advertising in the nation's 210 media markets is up 90 percent this year and will reach a new record of about $3.1 billion, reports David Lieberman of USA Today. LINK
Politics of Iraq:
The Wall Street Journal's Neil King Jr. examines the Democratic effort to take on a "steely image while also pushing to get out of Iraq." LINK
Jennifer Steinhauer of the New York Times wonders about the effectiveness of Nancy Pelosi as boogey-woman. LINK
The politics of micro-targeting:
ABC News' Jake Tapper took an extensive look at the magic of micro-targeting with wisemen Matthew Dowd and Doug Sosnik explaining how political pros have taken what commercial advertisers have done for years and fine tune their sales pitches for their products -- politicians.
The Chicago Tribune: LINK
2006: Bush vs. Kerry part II: Kerry apologizes:
Under pressure, John Kerry issued a written statement yesterday saying, "I sincerely regret that my words were misinterpreted to wrongly imply anything negative about those in uniform, and I personally apologize to any service member, family member, or American who was offended."
ABC News' Karen Travers reports the White House's response: "Senator Kerry's apology to the troops for his insulting comments came late but it was the right thing to do. Our military is the best and the brightest, the most courageous and professional of any in the world and President Bush is honored to be their commander-in-chief," said White House deputy press secretary Dana Perino.
Republicans continue to harp on Kerry's words, as Democrats try to find a way to put the issue to rest. "'If the issue is whether or not John Kerry can tell a joke and tell it well,' Gov. Tom Vilsack of Iowa, who campaigned for Mr. Kerry in 2004, said in an interview with Radio Iowa, 'I could have told you the answer to that question was no a week ago,'" Notes Kate Zernike of the New York Times. LINK
ABC News' Jake Tapper weighs in on the "Kerry Kerfuffle" on his "Political Punch" blog. LINK
Rick Klein news of day: LINK