You know President Obama is in trouble when he has to court African American voters.

A little late, but some lawmakers recognize that the debt-reduction trigger would be a disaster. Sen. Lindsey Graham: “At the end of the day, if this commission fails, there is a trigger cutting defense by $600 billion if they can’t perform their job. I will introduce legislation . . . that will protect the Defense Department from devastating cuts.”

When Brit Hume puts it this way, you understand the peril that Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s candidacy is in: “ Perry really did throw up all over himself in the debate at a time when he needed to raise his game. I mean, he did worse, it seems to me, than he had done in previous debates.”

Mitt Romney could stave off danger to his candidacy if he not only mentioned Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels more, but if he adopted some of their ideas.

You know Obama is in hot water when he can’t even get all the pro- tax-hiking billionaires on his side. “New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is a proponent of raising taxes on everyone, criticized President Obama for using theatrics to trumpet his plan to raise taxes on the rich. ‘The [Warren] Buffett thing is just theatrics.’ ”

You know Mahmoud Abbas’s U.N. gambit may be a self-inflicted mortal wound when he’s actually helping the Jewish state in Europe. “Spain’s Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez presented a new policy for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on Saturday, declaring Israel as the homeland of the Jews for the first time and saying that the issue of Palestinian refugees should be solved in such a way that it does not compromise Israel’s current demographic makeup of a Jewish majority.” If only Obama would be as outspoken.

Daniels has got this one right: “This president is clearly in very desperate political shape and seems more desperate every day.”

Perry’s campaign is going belly up, in part because he’s clinging to a Social Security idea that makes no sense. On sending Social Security to the states: “Mr. Romney could have pointed out that the state plans Mr. Perry seems to be endorsing are a huge drain on taxpayers. State pension plans are a $3 trillion unfunded liability and suck more than $20 billion from taxpayers each year to stay afloat. Texas provides its workers with more modest benefits than most states but still has a $40 billion unfunded liability.”