The week has begun. Slowly. One final note:

* PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS: Barack Obama acknowledges his underdog status in 2012. No, nobody much believes Rick Perry is a racist. But looks like his debate failure is a whole lot bigger issue. Say goodbye to Rick Perry, hello to Herman Cain? No wonder I’m getting so little return mail from the Texas 20 in the Arkansas House who said in June they’d stand tall with Perry. Where’s the pride, gals and guys?