One scattered but interesting week, to be followed by, well, who knows? I hope to begin writing a bit more about non-presidential political contests as polling and other information becomes more readily available.
For now, here are some final news items before I prepare for a visit by my father, step-mother and brother tomorrow:
* Early, in-person voting began today in Virginia, South Dakota and Idaho, with ten other states beginning to accept absentee ballots. So from here on out, polls won’t be entirely hypothetical.
* Gerson column a lot more serious “friendly” critique of Romney and GOP than Noonan’s: he blasts “libertarian nonsense” on poor that Republicans have adopted.
* Ryan fans fret Romney campaign has reduced him to “mini-Mitt.” Did they expect Mitt to become “maxi-Paul?”
* At Ten Miles Square, Larry Bartels discusses research showing undecideds beginning to break to Obama.
* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer notes real college graduation rates–including part-time as well as “traditional” students–a lot lower than we realize.
And in non-political news:
* Host Jimmy Kimmel promises “genuinely weird stuff” at Sunday’s Emmy Awards.
That’s all from me, folks! Tomorrow Kathleen Geier returns for Weekend Blogging, so you can expect her usual outside-the-box perspective.
I hope to have my family members picked up at SFO and back home in time for the Georgia/Vanderbilt kickoff.
Here’s a video that includes a brief clip of James Brown performing at Sanford Stadium way back in the day; I was actually there. Sigh.