Happy Birthday to Derek Jacobi, 74. Really, imdb? Best known for Gladiator, The King's Speech, Henry V, and Underworld: Evolution? Granted, he is astonishingly good in Henry V, but then again everyone is.
No, I haven't figured out what I'm going to do about the debate/ballgame conflict tonight. But I do have plenty of good stuff in the meantime:
1. Matt Dickinson on debates, mattering, the state of the presidential race, that sort of thing.
2. John Sides tries once more to knock down the idea that gerrymandering creates partisanship.
3. While Joshua Huder argues that polarization as observed in Congressional voting is to a surprisingly large extent an artifact of chamber rules and procedures.
4. Paul Krugman points out that most people don't actually care about the federal budget deficit. Caveat: remember, Candy Crowley selected the debate questions from those submitted by the undecided voters; it's possible that some of them did ask about the deficit, but that she didn't pick those.
5. Good Nate Cohen post on the polling in Ohio.
6. Jay Ulfelder on scoring forecasts. Several good points there.
7. Brad DeLong (and Krugman) beat up on Rob Portman about China and macroeconomics.
8. And an excellent post by Sarah Binder about Congressional procedure and the fiscal cliff. Several good points, but I'll underline the one I've been making: the main problem in getting an agreement passed is divided government, not the filibuster.