Those who follow conservative opinionating have doubtless been amused today by the vast firepower aimed at Candy Crowley and the total obsession with establishing that Romney “won” the point on Obama’s initial remarks on the Libya killings. Don’t think the estimated 56 million viewers of last night’s debate are following your arguments, folks.

In other remains of the day:

* Nation‘s Ari Berman has a good update on early voting in Ohio in the wake of SCOTUS’ refusal to get involved. It’s not all good news: OH SOS is preventing early voting during evenings.

* Separate report from Ohio Votes on intimidating “voter fraud” billboards in minority neighborhoods.

* Scary Marquette polls (which were very accurate during recall elections) show Obama and Baldwin leads dwindling to almost nothing in Wisconsin. State will be good test of second-debate effect.

* Michael Bloomberg sets up Super-PAC to spend on downballot candidates from both parties supporting same-sex marriage, tougher gun laws, and school reforms. $10-15 million budget; Angus King one likely beneficiary.

* Shadowy Arizona group tosses $11 million into California ballot initiative fights, backing anti-union Prop 32 and opposing Jerry Brown’s Prop 30.

And in non-political news:

* Honey Badger’s family in legal battle with Sports Illustrated over mag’s very negative cover issue about the former LSU star’s extracurricular activities.

Five whole days until next (and final!) presidential debate. I can wait.


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.