Rich Galen

The Vice Presidential debate between Paul Ryan and Joe "Belly Laugh" Biden didn't add to Obama's polling woes, but neither it appear to have reversed the trend.

In addition to the lumbering economy, Obama is facing growing problems with the - literally - He-Said-She-Said between his White House and Hillary Clinton's State Department over who knew what and when did they know it regarding the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

The State Department had originally claimed that the attack was an outgrowth of a spontaneous demonstration of outrage at that mysterious film about the prophet Mohammed.

Then, in the hours before a House hearing into the attacks, the Department the Washington Post reported that

"New details also appeared to confirm that there was no protest or other benign gathering outside the compound gates, as initially described by some in the administration."

During the VP debate, "Chucklin' Joe" Biden blamed the White House's initial response on bogus information from "intelligence agencies."

Remember how understanding Democrats were when the "intelligence agencies" blew the call on WMDs in Iraq? They didn't blame the CIA. They blamed George W. Bush.

Early voting has begun in many states. I will vote today in Virginia. This early voting is beginning at a time when the Obama campaign is, if not staggering, is certainly sagging.

With three weeks to go, reversing trends becomes more difficult. The pressure is all on Obama in Tuesday night's debate.

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