It is the morning of the first debate of the 2012 Presidential election and there has been a flurry of activity over the last few days, almost like preparing for some big event, like, say, a wedding. With that theme in mind, I present today’s OT topics:

We start with something old – a video from 2007, where then candidate Barack Obama gives a fiery speech to a crowd that includes the infamous Rev. Jeremiah Wright “that the U.S. government shortchanged Hurricane Katrina victims because of racism.”

Now something new – the latest Joe Biden gaffe. The Vice President dropped another one this week, saying that the middle class has been “buried” during the time of the Obama administration. The White House deployed their “go-to” defense in times of trouble – namely blaming the George W. Bush administration for the problem.

Something borrowed. Pennsylvania is not the first state to pass a voter ID bill, but has become one of the battlegrounds for the issue. The latest from the Keystone State has a judge turning 2012 into a “practice” year for the law, allowing for poll workers to request IDs, but in the event someone does not have one, the person is still allowed to vote.

And finally instead of something blue, we have something on which to chew. How much of a difference will tonight’s debate make in this election? Does Mitt Romney need to come out swinging a score a decisive win, as many are opining?

Note: We will have an open thread for tonight’s 9:00 pm eastern debate, opening a couple of hours before it begins. Come by and discuss the proceedings as they happen.

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