Ken started us off earlier with word that Rep. Mike Castle, R-DE, is considering a write-in run for the Senate. If that happens, Castle would be the second member of what used to be known as the Republican "establishment" to mount a long-shot write-in effort after losing a GOP primary to someone with strong Tea Party support.
Castle, you'll recall, was upset by conservative commentator and publicist Christine O'Donnell. In Alaska, Sen. Lisa Murkowski was toppled by lawyer Joe Miller. Murkowski is definitely going for the write-in vote. Castle is said to be seriously considering doing just that as well.
(Speaking of O'Donnell, she was a target of Saturday Night Live this week at the opening of its season premiere. Fair warning, the content is on the "adult" side.)
As for other stories making headlines this morning, they include:
— Politico — "Rocky Road Seen Ahead For Obama": "A significant majority of voters are considering voting against President Barack Obama in the 2012 election, expressing sour views of his new health care law and deep skepticism about his ability to create jobs and grow the sluggish economy, according to the latest Politico/George Washington University Battleground Poll. Only 38 percent of respondents said Obama deserves to be reelected, even though a majority of voters hold a favorable view of him on a personal level."
— The Wall Street Journal — "Democrats Face Skeptics In Rural Areas": "According to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll last month 55% of Midwesterners disapprove of the job President Barack Obama is doing, six percentage points higher than the rest of the U.S. And 66% of rural Americans believe the country is on the wrong track, five points more than U.S. voters as a whole."
— Morning Edition — "Obama Woos Young, Middle Class As Voting Day Nears": NPR's Scott Horsley reports that "President Obama sets off on a four-state, three-day political tour Monday. The trip includes a big rally in Madison, Wis., aimed at mobilizing younger voters. But he'll do most of his campaigning in smaller settings, talking with ordinary voters in backyards or around kitchen tables. The conversations are designed to appeal to middle-class voters, many of whom are dissatisfied with the state of the economy on Obama's watch."
— The Washington Post — "Democrats Say Tax-Cut Vote Likely To Be Held After Elections": "The White House and congressional Democrats conceded Sunday that they will probably wait until after the Nov. 2 elections to vote on a plan to prevent tax rates from rising next year for the vast majority of Americans."