Roger Cohen in The New York Times on the self-absorbed foreign policy debate Romney mentioned Timbuktu twice in the foreign policy debate while topics like Europe's financial crisis or drone wars got little to no time. "The United States is self-absorbed. It is licking its wounds after two bad wars. It has, to judge by this, little interest in a serious discussion of the world."
Eugene Robinson in The Washington Post on America's fight for identity Obama has enormous leads with Latinos and African Americans while Romney has leads with white voters, particularly white men. "It would be disingenuous to pretend not to notice the obvious cleavage between those who have long held power in this society and those who are beginning to attain it. When Republicans vow to 'take back our country,' they never say from whom. But we can guess."
Jonathan Cohn in The New Republic on the philosophy of the auto bailout Obama and Romney's different philosophies are illustrated by the auto industry bailout. The key disagreement between Obama and Romney "was over whether the government should act to make the industry's survival possible—whether, facing an instance of market breakdown, the government should intervene," and that answer can be applied to healthcare, global warming, and bank bailouts, too.