Do a few shouted questions get Obama rattled? ABC's Jake Tapper has been making "Sam Donaldsons" part of the campaign routine, and on Sunday Obama said he wouldn't answer a question but would hold a press conference Wednesday.
Well . . . "Likely not," said Obama spokeswoman Linda Douglass. "It was just a placeholder." http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/11/obama-presser-o.html
Caroline Kennedy will get a question in if she wants one: "It will be great to call them up the morning after," she told ABC's Diane Sawyer on "GMA."
Another new TV ad featuring the Rev. Jeremiah Wright joins the National Republican Trust's ad in the rotation. This one, courtesy of the Pennsylvania GOP: "Barack Obama, he chose as a pastor a man who blamed the U.S. for the 9/11 attacks. Does that sound like someone who should be president?"
With Wright newly in the mix, this isn't the help Obama needs. "He didn't have the political courage to make the statement of walking out" of Wright's church, said Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., in a YouTubed clip. "It tells me that he wasn't terribly political courageous. Does it tell me that he agreed with the reverend in any way? No. It tells me he didn't want to walk out of a church in his district."
Was more Wright the answer? "Conversations with a number of veteran GOP consultants indicate that using Wright may have helped McCain with one set of voters -- but would have hurt with others and not ultimately proved decisive in a contest subsumed by larger external forces such as the economic crisis and the unpopularity of President Bush and the Republican Party," Politico's Jonathan Martin reports.
More new messaging: "The Republican Party on Sunday launched robocalls to millions of voters in battleground states, playing audio of Hillary Clinton in the primary election portraying her then-opponent Barack Obama as too inexperienced to run against John McCain," per McClatchy's Margaret Talev and William Douglas.
Even more new messaging: "[Palin] made reference to a taped conversation that Obama had with a San Francisco newspaper in January in which he said that companies building coal-powered plants would be 'bankrupt' because of fines for pollution," Howard Wilkinson writes in the Cincinnati Enquirer. Said Palin: "Somehow this tape just surfaced now."
Wilkinson: "That prompted several people in the back of the crowd, near the press area, to yell at reporters -- 'Why don't you report this?' and 'The media is evil.' "
The outside money did start showing up -- just very, very late: "Between Oct. 19 and Thursday, independent groups spent $33.4 million on advertisements, mailings or canvassing in support of Mr. McCain or against Mr. Obama, while groups that support Mr. Obama or oppose Mr. McCain spent $8.1 million, according to an analysis of records filed at the Federal Election Commission," Jennifer Haberkorn writes in the Washington Times.
Joe the Pundit is maybe less effective than Joe the Plumber: "There's too many questions with Barack Obama and his loyalty to our country. And I question that greatly," Samuel J. Wurzelbacher tells Fox News' Neil Cavuto. "His ideology is completely different from what democracy stands for."
But will any attacks work? It's 51-43 in the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC poll.