• It has been nearly two weeks since President Bush warned Putin to pull his troops out of Georgia, and they're still there. This would never happen if the Republicans were in power.

• For pure symbolism you can't beat John "Wildcatter" McCain perched on an offshore oil rig. I looked for Cindy McCain, smartly turned out in a Dior hard hat.

• It's a Republican TV ad waiting to be produced: a split screen contrasting McCain on an offshore platform with Obama on an offshore surfboard.

• Vice president fever! By the time you read this, you may already know whether or not Obama picked John Edwards.