Just ran across a conservative blog that suggested of me that “Someone should crush this guy’s skull with one of Obama’s teleprompters.” So I went on his comment thread and politely asked him not to use this sort of rhetoric. I know I’m wasting my time, but sometimes unruly children need to be reminded when they’ve crossed big lines.

Anyway, here are some final items for the day:

* Amidst continued shrieking from all sides about the Romney Poll Surge, CNN/ORC supplies the data point that’s really been missing: a post-debate poll of Ohio showing Obama up by 4 among LVs and over 50%. Also out today, erratic robopollster ARG has Mitt up by one in OH.

* U.S. total indebtedness–public and private–hits six-year low.

* Maybe Republicans are snuggling back up to Todd Akin, but his October ad buys are puny compared to McCaskill’s.

* At Ten Miles Square, Seth Masket has fresh data on polarized economic perceptions of partisans.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer draws attention to financial damage being suffered by growing number of those using a federal program that subsidizes parental borrowing to cover their kids’ college expenses. So it’s getting harder for students to take Mitt’s advice.

And in non-political news:

* Calories counts soon to be displayed on machines dispensing soft drinks.

That’s enough jibber-jabber for me, today. Back in the morning, probably having to pour over more polls, while beginning psychological preparation for Biden-Ryan debate Thursday night, just in case it’s yet another “game-changer.”


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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.