And there came at last the eve of an election like few others in modern memory — a midterm election being cast as a last-ditch national battle for the country's soul for democracy, for accountability, for survival.
In the news this week: red wine and California fire and a new global-warming alarm. But the heart of it is all about the midterms — President Bush standing by his Rumsfeld on Iraq and John Kerry's October surprise and apology.
A debate over who thinks we're more stupid — a tin-eared Democratic senator, or a Republican government that has mired the country in war and division and debt.
Hear about the week in the news, and the fiery homestretch to the midterm elections.
William McKenzie, editorial columnist, Dallas Morning News
Andrea Stone, congressional correspondent for USA Today.
This program aired on November 3, 2006.