Interesting Takes from Home and Abroad:
Obama Hasn’t Closed the Sale By Karl Rove
Both candidates continue to tinker with their strategies.
McCain fails, Obama is not rattled By Roger Simon
Debates should not be confused with trips to Lourdes: Few miracles are dispensed.
A Gift on Hallowed Ground By George Will
In 1863, eleven major roads converged on this town. Which is why history did, too.
The freedom of historical debate is under attack by the memory police By Timothy Garton Ash Well-intentioned laws that prescribe how we remember terrible events are foolish, unworkable and counter-productive.
Beware an October surprise from bin Laden By Joseph Nye
Americans are transfixed by the aftermath of the September surprise in financial markets. Could there be a very different surprise coming in October?
Searching for the Antidote to Ahmadinejad By Dieter Bednarz
In Tehran, reformers and conservatives are preparing to fight for the Iranian presidency in 2009. The opposition is pinning its hopes, once again, on former President Mohammad Khatami. But will he run?
Mac’s Shot at a Late-Game Win By Dick Morris & Eileen McGann
The short term impact of the third debate will be to help Barack Obama. But the long term implications may give John McCain a needed boost. Obama looked good, but McCain opened the tax-and-spend issue in a way that might prevail.
The Financial Crisis Is McCain’s Katrina By Daniel Henninger
If John McCain fails in the next 19 days to catch Barack Obama, his slow response to the financial hurricane of 2008 will be Exhibit A.
Courting the religious right Father Raymond J. De Souza
With the final presidential debate over, it now appears that Senator Barack Obama will simply run out the clock on Senator John McCain and win the presidential election. His appearance tonight here at the Al Smith Dinner may indicate how he intends to handle conservative religious voters in consolidating his support.
Joe the plumber is real hero of the debate By Anne Barrowclough
They clashed on the economy and scored points off each other on negative campaigning.