8:25 p.m. PT
"The determination of a peak date in March is thus a determination that the expansion that began in March 1991 ended in March 2001 and a recession began in March."—National Bureau of Economic Research, Nov. 26, 2001
"Under President Bush, and Vice President Cheney, America's economy is moving ahead in spite of the recession they inherited and in spite of the attack on our homeland."—Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, R-California, Aug. 31, 2004
"President Bush pulled our nation's economy out of the recession he inherited and put us on the right track."—Gov. Linda Lingle, R-Hawaii, Sept. 1, 2004
"When George Bush entered the White House, he inherited an economy that was sliding toward recession. The stock market was declining. The dot.com bubble had burst."—Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, Sept. 1, 2004
"This President inherited an economy that was spiraling into recession and already losing jobs in states like Ohio."—Rep. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Sept. 1, 2004
"Four years ago America was about to tumble into recession. Today our economy is recovering."—Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-North Carolina, Aug. 31, 2004
"As President Bush and I were sworn into office, our nation was sliding into recession, and American workers were overburdened with federal taxes. Then came the events of Sept. 11th, which hit our economy very hard."—Vice President Dick Cheney, Sept. 1, 2004
"Led by President Bush and Vice President Cheney, Americans have moved our economy from recession to expansion."—Marc Racicot, Bush-Cheney '04 campaign chairman, Aug. 30, 2004
7:10 pm. PT—We have a new contender for Most Revolting Politician in America. Kerry Healey, the lieutenant governor of Massachusetts, arrives onstage shortly after 9:30 p.m ET. Her official assignment is to introduce her boss, Gov. Mitt Romney. Her unofficial assignment is to bash John Kerry, which she proceeds to do with gusto in the syrupy voice of an advertising actress.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Irritating Confidante
John Dickerson on Ben Bradlee’s fascinating relationship with John F. Kennedy.
My Father Invented Social Networking at a Girls’ Reform School in the 1930s
Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real
Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band
Can it be again?
The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee
Is It Better to Be a Hero Like Batman?
Or an altruist like Bruce Wayne?
Driving in Circles
The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.