Let's not sugarcoat it, President Obama won Monday's debate decisively -- at least on the topic of the evening, foreign policy. That's good news for Obama and bad news for Romney. But there's good news for Romney too.
Tonight's presidential debate is ostensibly about foreign policy, but budget politics will underlie everything the two candidates say. That's because America's foreign policy is scripted by two factors: its pocketbook and its willingness to write checks for overseas military engagements.
After two dramatic debates, in a tight race, we have come to this -- one final showdown that may decide who becomes the next president. In theory, it'll all be about foreign policy. In reality, it's about something much bigger. It's about leadership and decision-making ... and, as always, the economy.