Politico’s Arena asks: Could Joe Biden hit Paul Ryan too hard in the vice presidential debate? Brookings’ Darrell West says, “He doesn’t have to be very tough on Ryan.  He just has to point out how the Romney/Ryan policies will affect women, seniors, young people, and minorities.  If he does those things, he will have a successful showing.”

Expectations run high for Biden-Ryan debate: Vice President Biden, a man with nearly four decades of experience in politics, has not been taking lightly his preparations for his debate against Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), holding practice sessions and perusing briefing books in recent months. (Washington Post)

“Does our presidential campaign lack a moral core? The question arises in the wake of last week’s presidential debate. However you analyze it in electoral terms, the exchange between President Obama and Mitt Romney was most striking as a festival of technocratic mush — dueling studies mashed in with competing statistics. In many ways, the encounter offered voters the worst of all worlds: a great deal of indecipherable wonkery and remarkably little clarity about where each would lead the country,” writes Brookings’ E.J. Dionne. (Washington Post)

Mitt Romney’s missing foreign policy: “If it hadn’t been for the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the United States Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Mitt Romney probably wouldn’t be giving a speech on foreign policy in the waning weeks of this election season. But Mr. Romney sensed an opening in President Obama’s missteps in Libya, and on Monday he plans to lay out his case that he will be a better steward of America’s national security,” writes AEI’s Danielle Pletka. (AEI)

AEI’s Michael Barone games out a potential loss for Obama after a post-debate slip, ignores Friday’s job numbers in the equation. (National Review

AEI’s Peter Wallison: The election and Dodd-Frank. (National Review)

Manhattan Institute’s E.J. McMahon: Tax-hike fantasies. (New York Post)

Room for Debate asks: Is professional criticism still important? Can professional criticism stay relevant when media companies’ budgets are tight and the media landscape is overflowing with opinions? (New York Times