Political Strategy Notes
In his WaPo post, "Vice presidential debate's No. 1 rule: If chatter's about Biden and Ryan, they're doing it wrong," David A. Fahrenthold unpacks what he believes to be the most important tip for both of the vice presidential candidates in tonight's debate. NYT's John Harwood has a diffrerent number one rule.
Pew poll shows expectations for Rep. Ryan actually higher than for Vice President Biden, according to the Wall St Journal.
Matt Miller has a pretty good script for Vice president Biden in his WaPo column. Among Miller's suggested comments: "Let me be clear: I've worked with Republicans over my entire 40-year career. You can't accomplish anything in Washington if you don't. But something a little crazy has gotten into the water the GOP has been drinking these last few years. Too many Republicans today won't support the policies we need to renew America's middle class and assure opportunity and security in a global age...First, on taxes: The single highest priority of Mr. Ryan and Republicans in Congress has been to cut taxes on America's top earners -- even though we've been at war for a decade and have huge deficits to shrink. This is the first time in our history that America has cut taxes for top earners at a time of war. Mitt Romney and congressional Republicans think we should let other people's children fight our wars, and let other people's children pick up the tab for them later. The president and I believe this is wrong."
E.J. Dionne, Jr. mines "Sherrod Brown's lessons for Obama" in his WaPo column, quoting Sen. Brown thusly "Ryan, Brown said, has "dressed up trickle-down economics and wrapped it in an Ayn Rand novel." The vice president, Brown added, should highlight the Republicans' desire to privatize both Medicare and Social Security, reflected in Ryan's own record and Republicans' attempts to do so whenever they thought they had the votes. "It's clear they want to go there," Brown said."
The National Journal's Steven Shepard says "Polls Show Small Romney Bump in Swing States," while Tom Sherfinski of the Washington Times reports that "NBC/WSJ poll: Obama leads by 6 points in Ohio, virtual tie in Fla., Va."
But today Nate Silver's latest numbers crunch gives Romney just a one in three chance of winning the Presidency.
At HuffPo, Alan I. Abramowitz reports on the "Dramatic Change in Racial Makeup of Gallup Tracking Poll as Likely Voter Results Begin."
For those seeking refuge from panic-driven journalism, Ed Kilgore puts the presidential campaign in sober perspective in this Washington Monthly column.
Regarding the Romney campaign's deployment of Kid Rock to help win youth votes, you have to wonder how cultural conservatives -- especially the evangelicals -- would feel about the over-the-top vulgarity of Kid Rock's songs. See here and here for a couple of examples.
Ahh, the wisdom of Google.