Rich Galen

Watching the little of CNN that I did I determined that I was correct about something I have been saying for the past month or so: The Obamas want this to be a comparison between the President and Governor Romney. The Romneys want this to be a referendum on Obama.

A spokesman for the Liberal organization, Progress for America, said as much when he talked about the number of jobs that have been created (rather than the stubbornly high unemployment rate) and Romney "wants tax cuts for the wealthy" (rather than the stubbornly low rate of economic growth).

And that doesn't even begin to look at foreign affairs like the absolute failure of the U.N. mission to Syria; the continuing issue of Iran; growing war worries in Sudan; and, sabre - or at least missile - rattling between Pakistan and India.

Earnings Season - quarterly reports of publicly traded companies - has just concluded with a majority of major corporations exceeding analysts' expectations.

"Well, Rich, isn't that good news?"

Yes, if you're a shareholder. No if you're looking for a job because it indicates American businesses, having learned how to squeeze out unneeded expenses during the recession, are in no hurry to go back to the "Assistant to the Assistant's Assistant" days when three or four people were doing jobs that one person could handle.

In the hour since I've begun writing this the Nationals won their game against the San Diego Padres improving their record to 13-4; Mitt Romney is still the GOP nominee, Chelsea is still in the Champion's League final, Pakistan has announced a missile test matching India's launch last week, and the coffee finally showed up.

Notes about our day in Ghana yesterday coming.

On the Secret Decoder Ring page today: A link to the current delegate count, a Mullfoto NOT from the Washington, DC suburbs, and a worrying Catchy Caption of the Day.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at