This was a day of contrasts in the presidential race. Here was Mitt Romney, with a phalanx of coal miners behind him, dishing it out to President Obama on Medicare:

Romney also hit the Obama administration on its anti-coal stance, an issue that resonates in a number of key battleground states. He told the crowd: “He said if he’s elected president and his policies get put in place, the cost of energy would skyrocket. That’s one he’s kept. He also said you could go out and build a new coal plant if you want, but if you do you will go bankrupt. That’s another promise he’s intent on keeping. His vice president said coal is more dangerous than terrorists. Can you imagine that? This tells you precisely what he actually feels and what he’s done.”

Meanwhile, VP Joe Biden was breaking the crazy-talk meter in Virginia. “[Romney] said in the first hundred days he’s going to let the big banks once again write their own rules. Unchain Wall Street. They’re going to put y’all back in chains.” Subtle, aren’t they?

Rather than apologize and put it aside, Stephanie (Romney-could-be-a-felon) Cutter dug in deeper with Andrea Mitchell:

It’s not every day, I’ll tell you, that Mitchell roughs up a Democrat this badly.

Yikes! At some point, someone whom Obama respects should pull the president aside, tell him his hacks are destroying whatever gravitas he still has and suggest he develop an actual agenda to campaign on. There is such a person around, right?