Crews work during a rehearsal for the first presidential debate. (Ed Andrieski/AP)

The debate already happenedWatch this video, skip the debate. It’s a compilation of all the talking points the candidates use — and are likely to trot out again tonight. It’s like getting an advance script!

The dark horse lament — Here’s a look at political underdogs and why they tilt at windmills. Historian Allan Lichtman, who (very) unsuccessfully ran for Senate, explains: “It...involved a lot of illusions.”

They’re losers, baby — What’s a once and future candidate to do whilst waiting in the wings? Our colleague Bill Turque examines how the latest crop of heel-coolers is using the time out of the spotlight amassing a “strategic mix of visibility, base-building and, in some cases, wealth.”