As politics begins to edge out talk of the economy many have picked up where we left off before the financial crisis, revisiting old favorites (Palin: love or hate her?) and exploring new ones (Mudslinging: who's worse?) in preparation for the presidential debate Friday. Today's buzz: the great partisan divide.
- McCain first said he was for less regulation then blamed the financial crisis on "casual oversight" -- so which one is it? writes Lanny J. Davis in the WSJ. McCain is in a difficult spot: either he alienates his base or he continues to put forward that the fundamentals of the economy are strong. Take-away: "Mr. McCain has a serious problem."
- Mark of the Philly Inquirer takes issue with the lesser-scrutinized, unalienable-rights-be-damned part of Palin's convention speech. She chided Obama for not taking a hard-line on terrorism, claiming he was afraid that someone "won't read [terrorist] their rights." Take-away: "The sentiment is on the wrong side of a deep principle, one that we have long honored in this country."