3 things to set the stage for tonight's showdown:
5 THINGS TO WATCH. No. 1, Politico says of tonight's second presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney: "It's ladies night." (Image: Creative Commons / Catherine Poe)
WHAT THEY NEED TO DO. National Journal says Obama needs to bring his A-game, and Romney needs to show voters he feels their pain.
* The Onion: Obama Excited To Participate In First Debate
DON'T BE SURPRISED. The Atlantic says if Romney's struggles over the summer hadn't hogged the spotlight, Obama's weaknesses would have been apparent sooner.