October 3 is the first debate. The moderator is Jim Lehrer of PBS, and the subject matter is domestic policy. It will last 90 minutes. The format will allow time for substantive answers. If present polls hold between now and October 3, President Obama will be going into the debate with a 79% likelihood of
ROMNEY TAPE DEBACLE
I've got a few thoughts on the Romney tape debacle. 1. It's too early to determine whether Romney has done himself fatal harm. 2. Obama's reaction to Romney's self-inflicted wound has been understated and pitch-perfect. 3. Fox News showed how desperately dipsy they are by dredging up some 1998 tape in which Obama made some
ARE YOU STILL HERE, BIBI?
It seems like you're always here. You spent a lot of time in the US as a student and in business. You speak perfect English, and I'm sure you know our slang and idioms well. So, you would know: Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Familiarity breeds contempt. Fish, house guests, and visiting dignitaries start
SHELDON, BIBI, MITT, AND BARACK
Everybody knows Bibi, Mitt, and Barack. Sheldon Adelson could use some introduction. Sheldon was born poor in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1933. He is now the 8th richest person in the United States. He is a potent force in right-wing Israeli politics through his financial support of Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and his ownership of the
ARE YOU READY FOR THE OCTOBER ELECTION?
That's right … October. Early voting starts in Iowa on September 27, and Ohio, October 2. One could have guessed that based on the recent travel schedules of the candidates. In 1992, early voting was 7% of the total votes cast. In 2008, it was 30%, and it will be more, by quite a bit,
PAUL “RUNNER” RYAN; A FACT FREE ZONE
Paul Ryan is a strong-willed guy. By the strength of his willpower, he is able to transcend the constraints of time and place and enter into the rarified air of a fact-free zone where things are so if he says they're so. A couple of days ago, Ryan was being interviewed by conservative talk radio
ARE YOU BETTER OFF?
I'm surprised at how tongue-tied many Obama supporters seem when asked, "Are you better off now than you were when Obama took office?" Taken in the context of his time, the answer is a resounding, unapologetic yes. Obama kept us safe. Bush didn't. Obama got Osama Bin Laden. Bush didn't. Obama didn't start a stupid