Morning Must Reads: Closing Arguments

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President  Obama speaks at a rally at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles October 22, 2010. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

The early vote is showing that highly touted Republican enthusiasm. Democrats are happy with what they’re seeing in Iowa, Ohio and Indiana; incidentally, those are all places Democrats are poised to lose statewide races.

–Whitman and Fiorina slip in the polls. A big problem for the former: “Among Latino voters, Brown led Whitman by 36 percentage points, 59 to 23.” That’s about 15 points shy of where she hoped to be at this point. What she has resorted to:

“I know many of you see this election as an unhappy choice between a longtime politician with no plan for the future and a billionaire with no government experience.”

–Harry Reid converges his two narratives, 1) Angle is “extreme” and 2) “no one can do more” than the majority leader, in a closing spot chocked full of testimonials:

–Bill Clinton is “ticked off.” Josh Marshall remembers ’94 and doubts his midas touch.

–Part of Obama’s closing message is warning about Dodd-Frank’s repeal.

–Jilted Rhode Island’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio tells the president where he can put the endorsement he’s not getting.

–George Will profiles Tim Pawlenty.

–John Heilemann imagines a Palin run.

–Michael Steele self diagnoses.

–Jesse Walker puts that whole defunding public broadcasting thing to rest.

–Andrew Exum doesn’t make much of the Taliban talks.

–And inflation can be very uncomfortable.

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