Happy Birthday to Avery Brooks, 64. I've bashed his performance as Sisko; in his defense, he mostly had to play off of the weaker half of the cast. And the Sisko/Dax friendship is terrific. In other random DS9 comments: my eldest and I think they should have done a spinoff starring Admiral Ross -- a sitcom, in which Ross goes about his day as the world's most boring character while unbeknownst to him all sorts of wacky things are going on. I suppose Troi could make a guest appearance in which she senses that someone is up to something...
Before I get any deeper into it, I better get to the good stuff:
1. Lots of Dartmouth profs talk about the debates.
2. Have to agree with Andrew Gelman on this one. Ronald Reagan was no moderate. Picked the right year to win the nomination; he would have lost in 1968 or 1976.
3. Monica Potts on last night's Warren/Brown debate. She doesn't convey the sense, however, of just how bad David Gregory was.
4. And Steve Kornacki has been doing a great job showing how Mitt Romney's party is constantly cutting off every good option he might have. Today's installment: immigration.