• I am amazed by the number of newspaper endorsements of Romney that (1) blame Obama for Republican intransigence, (2) argue that the deficit is the most pressing immediate problem facing the country, and (3) somehow think that the party most responsible for the current deficit will fix it. Dave Schuler collects and notes: “The reasons for the dissatisfaction most frequently mentioned are the state of the economy and the president’s apparent lack of ability to reach across the aisle to get Republicans to support his proposals. Assign the blame where you will but the buck stops with the president.” This sentiment, echoed in the Romney endorsements, is simply bizarre. It conjoins a monarchical theory of the Presidency with a stunning lack of interest in empirical analysis.