Who does the Pentagon want? "McCain, a former Navy officer and prisoner of war, would arrive in the White House with more military experience than any president since Dwight D. Eisenhower," Julian E. Barnes writes in the Los Angeles Times. "But he also would bring a long congressional career as an outspoken critic of the Pentagon -- prone to harsh assessments of its spending practices, weapons programs and military leaders. As a result, defenders of some of the Pentagon's biggest weapons systems are worried that if McCain is elected, he will order sweeping changes, killing a number of big-ticket programs. Perhaps unlike other civilian leaders, McCain would be able to draw on his experience and knowledge of the military to reject the advice of generals and admirals."
Even Hollywood's getting mean. Variety's Ted Johnson: "Stars have taken on a negative tone in response to attacks on 'celebrity' and the 'elite' from the John McCain side, with Barbra Streisand calling it the 'politics of hypocrisy, distraction and blame,' and Madonna banning Sarah Palin from her concerts. On his video blog, P. Diddy could barely contain himself in a response to McCain's calling Obama 'that one' in their second presidential debate."
Event of the weekend: one of four parties to celebrate the 50th birthday of longtime Democratic operative Teresa Vilmain, at the Washington Arts Connection (only because Jenny Backus' house wasn't big enough). Guests included Terry McAuliffe, Ann Lewis, Mike McCurry, Shari Yost, Jenny Backus, Kiki McClean, Jano Cabrera, Phil Singer, Joe Sandler, Joe Solmonese, and Sam Arora. (Official birthday T-shirt: "Sorry, raised by nuns.")
John McCain and Sarah Palin hold a joint rally in Virginia Beach, Va., at 11 am ET. McCain then heads to Wilmington, N.C. for a rally at 2:15 pm ET, while Palin stays in Virginia -- heading to Richmond for a rally at 2 pm ET.
Barack Obama spends his Columbus Day in Ohio, with a speech outlining his economic plans in Toledo at 1:30 pm ET.
Joe Biden begins his Monday in New Hampshire, with community gatherings planning in Rochester at 11 am ET and Manchester at 1:30 pm ET. Biden then heads to Dover, Del. to attend the Deleware Jefferson Jackson dinner at 7 pm ET.
Michelle Obama is in Minnesota Monday, with a community event at 1 pm ET in Rochester and a rally at 5 pm ET in St. Paul.
Hillary Clinton heads to Pennsylvania on Obama's behalf -- she holds a conversation with working families at 11 am ET in Philadelphia and a rally at 12:30 pm ET in Horsham.
"May we plagiarize that? That was a good one." -- Sarah Palin, when an Ohio crowd chanted "Mine, baby, mine" -- a good supplement to "Drill, baby, drill."
"I decided I wanted some pie. Pie. That's what I wanted." -- Barack Obama, en route to uttering the word "pie" 15 times in 104 seconds, per ABC's John Berman, Sunlen Miller, and Ursula Fahy.
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