Rich Galen

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.

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