The Note: Desperate Times . . .

And Palin wants to go further: Asked about the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Palin tells Bill Kristol that he should be in the mix: "I don't know why that association isn't discussed more, because those were appalling things that that pastor had said about our great country, and to have sat in the pews for 20 years and listened to that -- with, I don't know, a sense of condoning it, I guess, because he didn't get up and leave -- to me, that does say something about character. But, you know, I guess that would be a John McCain call on whether he wants to bring that up."

(Other tidbits: She'd welcome another debate with Joe Biden -- but won't issue the challenge herself -- and the hockey mom offers this advice to McCain for Tuesday's debate: "Take the gloves off.")

(Is this Palin being Palin? If so, is this what the GOP wants/needs?)

A new ad from the McCain campaign Monday is maybe as explicit (on a different subject) as Palin would be: "Who is Barack Obama? He says our troops in Afghanistan are 'just air-raiding villages and killing civilians.' How dishonorable. Congressional liberals voted repeatedly to cut off funding to our active troops. Increasing the risk on their lives. How dangerous."

But Team McCain isn't even convinced it will work: "McCain's course correction reflects a growing case of nerves within his high command as the electoral map has shifted significantly in Obama's favor in the past two weeks," Thomas M. DeFrank writes in the New York Daily News.

Says a "top McCain strategist": "It's a dangerous road, but we have no choice. . . . If we keep talking about the economic crisis, we're going to lose."

Careful what page you turn to: The attacks have barely begun, and already a swift and fierce response from Obamaland

"On Monday the Obama campaign will start hitting Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on his role in the late 80s/early 90s Keating 5 scandal, despite previous indications by Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., made months ago, that the scandal was not 'germane' to the presidency because McCain had apologized for his role," ABC's Jake Tapper reports.

"The Obama campaign, including its surrogates appearing on radio and television, will argue that the deregulatory fervor that caused massive, cascading savings-and-loan collapses in the late '80s was pursued by McCain throughout his career, and helped cause the current credit crisis," Politico's Mike Allen reports.

(Obama, in May: "I don't have any doubt that John McCain's public record about issues that he's apologized for and written about is not germane to the presidency.") http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/10/obama-to-attack.html

A new Web video is being released at a new Website at noon ET Monday -- with the preview out late Sunday.

Campaign Manager David Plouffe, in an e-mail to supporters late Sunday: "The backward economic philosophy and culture of corruption that helped create the current crisis are looking more and more like the other major financial crisis of our time. During the savings and loan crisis of the late '80s and early '90s, McCain's political favors and aggressive support for deregulation put him at the center of the fall of Lincoln Savings and Loan, one of the largest in the country. More than 23,000 investors lost their savings. Overall, the savings and loan crisis required the federal government to bail out the savings of hundreds of thousands of families and ultimately cost American taxpayers $124 billion."

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