Karen Finney: The ability to connect cold data points to reality gives Biden a real advantage on Thursday night, not the number of times he’s previously debated.
Brent Budowsky: Obama should tell his story, and offer his narrative, about why people’s lives have gotten better in the first Obama term, which they have, and will get even better in a second Obama term, which they will.
Brent Budowsky: Obama does recognize the pain that afflicts too many Americans, but he should also be the champion of an agenda of optimism, aspiration and achievement that will be the hallmark of a second Obama term.
Nia-Malika Hendewrson and Rachel Weiner: Two days after Romney reignited his campaign with a winning debate performance, Republicans were struggling once again to find their footing after a positive September jobs report muted the campaign’s main talking point.
Matthew Fleischer: Nothing has been more surprising than the decision of Romero, a former California State Senate Democratic majority leader, to serve as the measure’s frontwoman.
Dotty Lemeiux: [dc]R[/dc]omney clearly held the President down and pummeled him with his riding crop most of Wednesday evening. The patrician bully smiled throughout and lied masterfully, while the president tried not to squirm.
Walter Brasch: What passed as a presidential debate, Wednesday evening, was nothing more than a series of carefully-rehearsed, often rambling, mini-speeches that were more focused on generalities than on specifics.
Berry Craig: Suddenly, it’s 1858 and gaffe-a-minute Mitt is Abe Lincoln and President Obama is Sen. Stephen A. Douglas. I wouldn’t be surprised if most of the MSNBC TV talking heads show up for work tonight in sack cloth and ashes.
Joe Palermo: It has become clear by now that the Republican candidate for president, Mitt Romney, views American society as an aggregate of atomized individuals each seeking to maximize personal gain
Karen Finney: America cannot afford to again underestimate the impact current voter suppression efforts could have on the results of the election.
Charley James: The current draft of Jackson’s proposed law seems to take advantage of a little-noticed and seldom mentioned part of Bush v. Gore requiring state voter franchise laws apply equally to all.
Robert Reich: The biggest election news this week won’t be who wins the presidential debate Wednesday night. It will be how many new jobs were created in September, announced Friday morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Matthew Fleischer: Prop. 32’s cynical appropriation of Occupy Wall Street-style anti-corporate rhetoric, and the language of campaign finance reform, fits what has become Dolphin’s signature in recent years – the “Trojan Horse” political campaign.