A Reporter’s Notebook

•  After a brief burst of moral outrage, some top Republicans are returning to embrace Todd "legitimate rape" Akin in the Missouri senate race.  Among his latest gems was to accuse his opponent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of not being sufficiently "ladylike" in their debate.  The senator, who once told House colleagues that doctors are performing abortions on women who aren’t even pregnant, has lately been getting endorsements from former Missouri Republican Sens. Kit Bond and Jim Talent plus current Sen. Roy Blunt.  He’s also been getting backing and promises of money from failed presidential wannabes Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum and ultra-conservative Sen. Jim DeMint's (R-NC). Akin has been an asset for Democrats in courting women voters.

• Sheldon Adelson, the controversial casino tycoon and owner of Israel’s largest newspaper, was crowing about his guy's debate performance, with the headline on the website of his Israel Hayom, “It's Romney, by a knockout,” the page shouted beneath a picture of a smiling Mitt Romney. It was part of the paper’s ongoing pro-Romney coverage. Adelson, who is the largest single contributor to the Romney forces, is clearly protecting his investment.

• Jack Welch, the former chairman of GE, signaled today he apparently wants to be Romney's secretary of the treasury.  How else can you explain a man who knows better accusing the nonpartisan Bureau of Labor Statistics of cooking unemployment figures for September (7.8% in case you missed it) on orders of the White House? "Unbelievable jobs numbers, these Chicago guys will do anything, can’t debate so change numbers," he Twitted. Romney already has an assistant secretary of state for Near East Affairs (NEA); it's Bibi Netanyahu, who the GOP candidate said would be his guide and clearing house for Middle East policy.

•  Maybe Al Gore was right and it was the altitude in Denver, or Dan Rather pegged it when he said the President may have been tired from celebrating his 20th wedding anniversary before the debate, or maybe Barack Obama was purposely being restrained and presidential.  Whatever the excuse, it sucks. Obama turned in a lackluster performance, but when I turned on the news and talk shows the next morning I saw a totally different Barack Obama. This man was a feisty, energetic, engaged, fact filled candidate, which motivated me to yell at my television,  “Where the hell were you last night when we needed you?”

• Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak are accusing each other of meddling in American politics for their own personal advantage.  I'm shocked.  Shocked.  The next thing you'll tell me is there's gambling the back room at Rick's American Cafe.  How could anyone say that either of these high minded pols, each with his own deep and exclusive sense of loyalty only to himself, would do such a thing?

About the Author
Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.