1. Harry Enten takes a closer look at those 1980/2012 comparisons that Greg has been blogging about…and the possibly more relevant 1976/2012 comparisons.
2. Jamelle Bouie brings the political science and argues that Mitt Romney may have decisively fallen behind during the conventions.
3. As long as I’m including Jamelle’s excellent item, I should probably add mine; I think it’s possible…but that we won’t really know for another week to 10 days.
4. The intersection of policy and markets, far from the rhetoric of the political campaign: Sarah Kliff on the increased use of those retail health clinics and how health-care reform will help integrate them with overall care. These kinds of stories are good reminders that policy really does make a difference, for good or bad.
5. Polling wonks: Mark Blumenthal’s Pollster head-to-head averages have been super-souped up for the rest of the campaign, based on Simon Jackman’s model. Good stuff; the explanation is here. Or check out, say, Wisconsin.
6. Jonathan Cohn on why Romney is getting bad press: It’s earned.
7. As Jed Lewison demonstrates by tackling exactly what Romney tried to sell on “Good Morning America” with regard to Egypt, Libya, and his “sympathy” slur on the president.
8. “Accelerate imperial overstretch.” That’s Andrew Sprung’s reading of the Romney Doctrine.
9. And Jonathan Chait on Romney’s magical thinking on taxes and the budget.
10. Yes, it’s Friday, so it’s time for Steve Benen’s Chronicling Mitt’s Mendacity. Looks like he has a supersized version today.
11. The question of Egypt as ally, well analyzed by David Frum.
12. I’m pretty sure that Kevin Drum gets it right in his analysis of Ben Bernanke and the Fed’s decisions yesterday.
13. See also Sarah Binder, who also emphasizes how Bernanke needed to forge consensus, and that’s not easy to do.
My question: Would Bernanke have moved quicker if Barack Obama had placed a high priority on filling the open Fed seats from the beginning of his term? Or was it just the facts of the economy? Would love to know the answer to that one.
15. The decision by the House to leave town after next week until after the election actually should be a pretty big story. Pathetic. Ed O’Keefe with the details. Yes, they always leave early, but not this much, not after doing so little, and not with so many urgent matters pending. Not clear from his item whether just the House deserves blame here, or both chambers.
16. And what everyone is watching today: a young Jennifer Granholm on the “Dating Game.”