• Message to the Obama campaign: as your candidate becomes more professorial by the day, make sure he doesn't start wearing a bowtie while smoking a pipe.

• I know he's smart and you know he's smart. But if smart were the way to go, he would be 15 points ahead.

• You guys are trying to catch Palin in lies about her chef and the bridge to nowhere. Even if she did lie, doesn't that qualify her to replace Cheney?

• Full disclosure: as an impartial observer, I have been embedded in the so-called Washington cocktail circuit for years. And they all believe that McCain will win.

• Hence the black olives in their martinis.