When asked during a debate to name the title of the last book they'd read, both candidates of New York's 11th congressional district were stumped.
Sarah Palin says all the criticism from 'those haters out there ... invigorates me.' A majority of Americans say they've heard enough from her, but she has a base of committed supporters, and even some Democrats say they want her to run.
Democratic supporters favor 'The Color Purple' and 'The Hobbit,' while Republican backers are big fans of 'Heaven is for Real' and 'Atlas Shrugged,' according to Facebook. Bipartisan support exists for Taylor Swift and 'The Big Bang Theory.'
Here's the bottom line: Republicans are likely to take control of the Senate and keep control of the House, but only if lots of registered voters who don't want that to happen sit out midterm elections, as they have in the past.
Presidential choices are often so constrained by factors outside their control that temperament has little bearing on whether presidents succeed or not.