The Note: Desperate Times . . .

Think the base is all the way there for McCain? "If McCain wins the election, we've got just as much work to do as if Obama won," former House majority leader Tom DeLay tells's James Gerber. "I've known McCain for 23 years, and McCain's hard to swallow."

"His stance on global warming, immigration, campaign finance, affirmative action," DeLay added, "it's just a whole list of things that is not going to appeal to conservative Republicans. And if he becomes president, teaming up with the Democrats, we're going to have a lot of work to do to stop them."

Checking in on Hillary: "Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton has raised more than $8 million for former rival Barack Obama's presidential campaign since July and plans to barnstorm the country for even more cash, as the New York senator works to show she is aggressively helping the candidate who cut short her White House bid," USA Today's Fredreka Schouten reports.

"I am using every tool that I have to help Democrats win," Clinton said.

Latest on "Troopergate": "Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's attorney general announced Sunday that seven state employees will now honor subpoenas to testify in the legislative investigation of the Troopergate affair," Wesley Loy reports in the Anchorage Daily News.

Bloomberg's Matthew Benjamin does the short-list thing for Treasury secretary.

"McCain in a Reuters interview last week mentioned Warren Buffett, the 78-year-old billionaire who supports Obama and his proposal to increase taxes on the rich, as well as former EBay Inc. Chief Executive Meg Whitman and Cisco Systems Inc. Chairman John Chambers, both of whom have limited experience with financial markets."

"Obama has made it clear he would rely on former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin for advice in his choice. Rubin, according to people who have spoken with him, would have a short list of recommendations that includes New York Federal Reserve Bank President Tim Geithner, former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers and Roger Altman, a Wall Street investment banker and former deputy Treasury secretary."

Says Grover Norquist, of Americans for Tax Reform: "Warren Buffett is a goddamned Democrat and he doesn't understand that a 28 percent capital gains tax would be a bad thing. . . . He might be a good bridge partner, but he's awful on policy."

How does this play in Virginia? "I've lived here for at least 10 years and before that about every third duty I was in either Arlington or Alexandria, up in communist country," Navy veteran Joe McCain -- John's brother -- said in Loudoun County, Va., at a campaign event Saturday night.

Donor fatigue in Hollywood? " 'Oh my god. Take a gun and shoot me.' That's one Hollywood fund-raiser's take on the difficulties of coming up with more political coin this month," per Variety's Ted Johnson.

The Sked:

John McCain spends the day in New Mexico, with a 3:15 pm ET rally in Albuquerque at the University of New Mexico.

It's a busy Monday for Sarah Palin in Florida. She begins with a 9 am ET rally in Clearwater, then holds finance event in Naples at 12 pm ET. She then holds a second rally at 2:45 pm, ET in Estero, and rounds out the day with a second finance event in Boca Raton.

Neither Barack Obama or Joe Biden have any public events scheduled for Monday. Obama is in Asheville, N.C., preparing for Tuesday's debate in Nashville.

Biden is spending time with his family Monday and Tuesday, following his mother-in-law's death.

The Kicker:

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