The Debate Open Thread.

If you’re in front of your comp and watching, have at it.


Colbert and Stewart on This Week's EW.


Quote of the Day.

“[Bill Clinton's] wife was running for president. If you give me a choice of pissing off a whole race of people or my wife, I’m sorry, I gotta piss off a whole race of people. Sorry blackies! Go eat some chicken! … Right Larry? You’ve been married twelve times, right?” — Chris Rock [...]

Jed Bartlett and Obama.

The basic premise of the “West Wing” was that the Bartlett administration, which was an idealized Democratic presidency. Josiah “Jed” Bartlett, the series’ commander-in-chief, has degrees from Harvard and Yale, a Ph.D. in economics, and is a raconteur with a wicked sense of humor. He’s more Bill Clinton than Barack Obama.*


Douthat, who was as big a Palin supporter as anyone, calls Palin’s showing last night “painful“.

But hey, maybe it’s all just effing brilliant rope-a-dope for the Biden debate ….

Yeah, except…no.

Will He or Won't He?

[Photo NYT]

As it’s become apparent that McCain has neither suspended his campaign nor done any work on the bailout deal, we wonder: will he or won’t he show up in Mississippi tonight?

Preparations have continued at Ole Miss without a pause, Obama has never wavered on whether or not he will attend, and [...]

And Another One Bites the Dust.

From the NYT:

Washington Mutual, the giant lender that came to symbolize the excesses of the mortgage boom, was seized by federal regulators on Thursday night in the largest bank failure in American history.

Regulators simultaneously brokered an emergency sale of virtually all of Washington Mutual to JPMorgan Chase. The remainder of WaMu, [...]

Somewhere, Campbell Brown is Cackling Madly.

Sarah “Talkingpointalicious” Palin and Katie “I’m Really Trying To Get You To Say Something Relevant” Couric talk foreign policy:

I thought the “fungible” thing was just a weird moment of total confusion, but apparently, that’s how she talks all the time.

As Yglesias notes, Moscow is actually closer to New York than it is to [...]