So as per usual on debate nights, I’ll knock off regular blogging early this afternoon and then resume with live-blogging of the event at Hofstra. May even take a nap, more to obliterate short-term memories of pre-debate spin than to preserve energy.

In the meantime, here are some mid-day snacks:

* Romney maintains two-point lead in Rasmussen Tracking, opens up four-point lead in Gallup Tracking. Obama’s latest daily job approval rating via Gallup is 49%.

* HRC leads counter-attack on Libya killings; Republicans may regret focusing so much on the incident.

* Nate Cohn evaluates Romney’s big comeback in Florida.

* Nasty Jennifer Rubin tweet suggests Obama joining Bill in “humiliating” HRC.

* Teixeira suggests that while Republican extremism may hold together “Obama coalition” this year, serious economic growth necessary to keep it together after Election Day.

And in non-political news:

* Walking Dead season premiere giant ratings success; don’t know if viewers reacted more favorably than I did to plotless, video-gamish zombie slaughter.

Back after a moonlighting break.

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.