The Note: 'You Betcha'

" 'I've never been any good at threatening people,' the Arizona presidential hopeful said in a Denver Post editorial board meeting Thursday. He said he talked fellow Arizonan Rep. John Shadegg into changing his vote to a yes. 'Usually I like for things to stand on their own merit. In this case, I'm calling them.' "

Shock of the season (even after that cover!): "The election of Obama -- a man of mixed ethnicity, at once comfortable in the world and utterly representative of twenty-first-century America -- would, at a stroke, reverse our country's image abroad and refresh its spirit at home. His ascendance to the Presidency would be a symbolic culmination of the civil- and voting-rights acts of the nineteen-sixties and the century-long struggles for equality that preceded them," write "The Editors" at The New Yorker.

The Sked:

Barack Obama holds a community gathering in Abington, Penn. at 11 am ET.

Joe Biden speaks at his son's deployment at 11 am ET in Dover, Del.

John McCain spends a second day in Colorado -- Friday he holds a town hall meeting in Pueblo.

Sarah Palin heads to Texas for fundraisers in Dallas and San Antonio.

If you're staying in St. Louis: President Bush attends a Kenny Hulshof for Governor dinner at 6:50 pm ET. He will then travel to his ranch in Crawford, Tex.

The Kicker:

"Why aren't you gaffing? . . . No gaffes? This is boring!" -- "Daily Show" reporter John Oliver, in the press filing center in St. Louis.

"Everybody gets extra credit tonight." -- Gwen Ifill, summing up a night.

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