Morning Must Reads: Last Stand

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Meg Whitman, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown appear at the Women’s Conference 2010 in Long Beach, California on October 26. (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

–At the nifty new National Journal, Jeremy Jacobs reports the DCCC is making its last stand for the House, dumping $21.6 million on airtime in 66 districts. That includes a last-minute, $1.1 million cash infusion to try to save Gerry Connolly in VA-11.

–Earl Pomeroy begs his constituents to re-elect him for old times’ sake, noting that he’s “not Nancy Peolsi… not Barack Obama” even though he’s “disappointed you with a vote here or there” along the way. Halperin calls it “0:60 of poetry, bathos and language/imagery worthy of the priciest focus group.”

–The New York Daily News thinks Obama political director Patrick Gaspard is out if Dems lose the House.

–Bill McInturff lists 10 ways health reform has factored into the midterms.

–As Meg Whitman’s outlook in California worsens, she continues to aggressively court the Latino vote.

–Robert Draper profiles Robert Gibbs and the “frantic, Hieronymus Bosch–like dystopia” that is political communications.

–Speaker-in-waiting John Boehner talks to Paul Kane and gets an A1 above-the-fold profile in the Washington Post.

–Eying higher office, Mike Pence prepares to leave the leadership.

–Greg Miller talks to intelligence officials and gets a very dim view of progress in Afghanistan.

–The New York Times scrutinizes Elizabeth Warren adviser Raj Date.

–Vegetables: QE2 draws near.

–Side dish: Phonetic symbolism.

–Dessert: Direct mail goes scratch-and-sniff.

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