Lunch Buffet

I am, as you may have noticed, a bit behind the curve today, partly by design (it’s the final Debate Live Blogging day and night, so I’m taking it a bit easy before the late frenzy), but mostly because I tried to tackle some pretty big topics this morning (including the McGovern legacy, the overall state of the presidential race, and then Obama’s Christianity). In any event, here are some mid-day news morsels, such as they are:

* The daily 1:00 PM dose of strangeness from Gallup Tracking: Mitt’s LV lead down to a mere six percent; Obama job approval still at 49.

* Team Mitt playing expectations game for tonight’s debate way, way low.

* Carl Cannon profile of Colorado notes $72 million spent there as of last week on presidential ads–which ranks the state fourth in expenditures.

* Another article on how Coal Country will cost Obama win in Virginia. I dunno: SW VA small and shrinking percentage of state vote, and Obama lost it badly in 2008 anyway.

* As Amy Sullivan points out at Twitter, new PRRI survey shows zero movement by Catholics on contraception mandate after entire Bishops’ “fortnight of freedom” campaign.

And in non-political news:

* Giants/Cardinals go to Game Seven. Another big distraction from Debate Three.

Back after yet another caffeine injection.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.