After blogging pretty late last night, dreamed about the debate all night, waking up tired but with no new insights. What really depresses me is the day or two of heavy 100% spin we’ll endure before we get any reliable evidence that the debate even mattered. But here’s what I got at mid-day:

* They’re still partying hearty at Red State this morning. Nobody’s even warned Mitt not to go too far with all that “bipartisanship” crap.

* BUT: Obama job approval reaches 54% in Gallup tracking poll for October 1-3–highest mark since 2009.

* NRO’s Goldberg only conservative I’ve seen so far pausing to note that “most of [Romney’s] effective moments came when he distanced himself from the base of his party.”

* Really bad news for post-election analysis: Exit poll consortium announces no polling (other than as part of national exits) in 19 states deemed non-competititve. Costs–some associated with increased early voting–are cited as the reason.

* In case you missed it, there’s a strange James K. Polk cult around Mitt Romney. One-term president who fought divisive war with Mexico? Oh, brother!

And in non-political news:

* Detroit Tiger Miguel Cabrera wins first Triple Crown since 1967.

Back after quick brunch of leftovers.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.