By now the plans are distilled, practice rounds completed, curveballs anticipated and (Lord help us) zingers rehearsed. In order to "win" tonight -- and on November 6th -- some debate dos and don'ts for President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney.
So was Santorum right to accuse Romney of "serially" telling audiences "that he did not do what we now know he did repeatedly"? That depends entirely on how you define what Romney actually "did."
I'll give him credit: Mitt Romney trounced his opponents in the Republican debates. But did you see that crop of crazies battling for King or Queen of the Parallel Universe?
This week the Springtown school board decided that it was kosher for school administrators to punish the body (that is, administer corporal punishment) of students of the opposite gender, but only if the parents gave written permission.
If you are Jewish or Muslim or Hindu and pay taxes, why would you want to pay for buildings and public venues where Christians pray and you don't? Perry is no different than other Christian evangelicals and wants his belief system adopted by, not just all Americans, but the entire world.
If you're a Texan, you know the name Kinky Friedman. If you're not, you may have heard of his much-publicized run for the governor's seat against Rick Perry, his songs like "Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in Bed."
Of course Mitt Romney supports redistribution. Everyone supports redistribution to some extent. It's literally how the government collects and spends tax revenue.
With the first Obama-Romney debate just around the corner, the presidential and vice presidential candidates are hard at work preparing for combat. What should each of them be concentrating on?
Nate Silver's commitment to a quantitative, value-free approach to the living, breathing universe, with an emphasis on numbers, can be troubling, to the point of absurdity, when the answers have nothing to do with statistical equations.
The GOP is no longer the Party of Lincoln. It is now the Party of Mitt, one willing to play to the fears and prejudices of the masses, instead of the hopes and aspirations that have kept this country going. Of course, he believes it's the only path to victory.
Fortunately, when it comes to the medical needs for people in crisis, Medicaid is immediately responsive to these needs without the need for a plea or request from states.
Like all things Romney, the choice of Paul Ryan as his vice presidential pick is thoroughly calculated and entirely dull. They need to shift away from policy and engage in a serious charm offensive if they want to take the White House in 2012.
When the ACA began to provide contraceptive services for women, the plan acquired the kind of traction not possible through political rhetoric. But some are determined to stop full implementation of "Obamacare." And their political intransigence is certain to create victims.
The Affordable Care Act is here to stay, and even the biggest partisans should admit that expanding Medicaid is good for the economy and the financial security of middle-class families.
In the case of fetuses and rich people, Republicans insist on the sanctity of life. But in the case of destitute people, infants who imprudently choose working-poor parents and struggling young adults the GOP says there's nothing sacred about their lives.
The ghost of Sarah Palin continues to loom over Romney's VP decision. Only two days ago, Dick Cheney, John McCain and La Palin herself engaged in a mud-slinging ménage a trois over whether or not Palin was up to the task of riding shotgun on the Republican ticket four years ago.