If, on your resume, you claim to have won the Nobel Prize for Physics and you … haven't … no one will believe you when you say it just slipped through and your staff didn't catch it.
What they know is: You lied about it 20 years ago when nobody knew you or cared about you; and now that you are running for U.S. Senate or are under consideration to be the CEO of a major corporation, you got caught.
Another problem with the unemployment figure is: There is no other data to support a three-tenths drop in the rate. I am not saying that the Bureau of Labor Statistics cooked the books, I am saying there is nothing else in the economy that supports that kind of improvement.
On MSNBC Saturday, I was asked about claims of skullduggery at BLS. I said the last successful secret kept in Washington was the Manhattan Project. If people at BLS were involved in a conspiracy, someone would have, by now, called a reporter to claim credit.
Who knows if the post-debate polling is a permanent shift in the way voters view the two candidates or whether it's a temporary spike in support for Romney.
But, the debate has certainly turned this race upside-down. Obama has two more debates to fix the impression left among a huge majority of the 68 million people who watched the first one: He just didn't care enough to prepare.
The Vice Presidential candidates have a go on Thursday night. I'm pretty sure no one in the Obama camp thinks it's just swell that they are now depending on Joe Biden to right the ship.