Easily the most dramatic sequence in a rather strong press conference performance today by President Barack Obama was his vehement defense of UN Ambassador Susan Rice against attacks by Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham.
CNN pimped out my TV screen this election season. The most addictive armchair pundit navigation tool was the graph on the bottom of the screen that tracked a group of undecided voters' impressions of the candidate's words in real-time.
I know the Obama campaign gets it, otherwise they wouldn't be where they are now, running ahead of their opponent for a second term in the White House. For that I'm thankful. But today we learned that there are still some Democrats who don't get it.
The term "game change," like so many sports-oriented terms in politics, is decidedly over-used. But the events depicted in the Game Change film really do constitute just that, though not in the way that my friend Steve Schmidt intended it.
It would also be the final test of his fundamental and personal beliefs. He's made those beliefs clear on several occasions when he flatly said he wouldn't sign on to same sex marriage because of his "understandings" of what traditional marriage should be.
Adios Mofo, a wickedly witty book about Rick Perry, functions as a reminder that when Republicans win, it's Americans who lose out on quality public school education, affordable college tuition, health care and other necessities.
The mystical center is where Obama's disaffected base resides. He doesn't have to choose. Both swing voters and the Democratic base want the President to stand up to Wall Street on behalf of main street.