Michelle Goldberg in The Daily Beast on Romney's woman problem Mitt Romney's gender gap with women voters fueled Thursday's debate over Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen's comments on Ann Romney's work record. And so Goldberg looks at Romney's history with female voters, particularly during his Senate race with Ted Kennedy. Kennedy argued that Romney's policies at Bain hurt women economically, and today, Romney uses a similar argument against Obama. But Romney's policies, from his family planning stance to his recent comments on the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, won't do much for women, Goldberg argues. "All this adds up to a candidate who is not willing to do anything on a policy level to appeal to women voters," she says.
Paul Krugman in The New York Times on Chris Christie's bad decision The Government Accountability Office released a report this week investigating New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's decision to suspend work on a tunnel between his state and New York, and Krugman reports it upholds critics' claims that Christie wanted to repurpose, rather than avoid, the spending. "[W]hile it's important to document Mr. Christie's mendacity, it's even more important to understand the utter folly of his decision. The new report drives home just how necessary, and very much overdue, the tunnel project was and is." Krugman says Christie fits a trend among other Republican governors, who have cancelled similar infrastructure projects. But he makes the case that in New Jersey, updating transit to New York and Philadelphia will be essential for their economy. "The governor poses as a man willing to make hard choices for the future, but what he actually did was sacrifice the future for the sake of personal political advantage."