That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.


Hillary Clinton saw slings and arrows from all fronts last night — the consensus among many pundits is that it was her weakest debate performance — but a sideshow was playing out among longer than longshot candidates. Mike Gravel was angry, naturally, that he wasn’t included in last night’s forum, and instead offered his views via a webcast and protest of General Electric, parent company of MSNBC. On the other side of the aisle, Ron Paul appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and then raised money at a home in the Hollywood Hills. Paul has considerably more traction in his party than Gravel, and he told Leno that “there’s probably a risk I could win.” A new poll, meanwhile, shows that Stephen Colbert would beat Paul or Dennis Kucinich in matchups.

Missed Opportunity?: The Congressional Black Caucus Institute is postponing a scheduled Nov. 4 debate, as campaigns have once again cited “scheduling conflicts,” the Huffington Post reports.

Naomi’s Trip: Model Naomi Campbell is the latest celebrity to drop in on Hugo Chavez.

Dodd Dude: What to wear this Halloween? The Chris Dodd is pushing dressing up as the candidate for Halloween: Spray your hair white, have a copy of the Constitution in your pocket.

Whitford’s Vid: With California’s GOP-led electoral initiative alive again, actor Bradley Whitford releases a new web video via the Courage Campaign.