Political Link List: October 19, 2012

New York Times: Rival Campaigns Intently Pursue Votes of Women (by Jim Rutenberg and Jeremy W. Peters)
Key passage: “For Mr. Romney, the imperative, with less than three weeks until Election Day, is cutting into what has been Mr. Obama’s sizable lead among women.
Their goal, Romney aides said, is to keep Mr. Obama’s lead among women, which in many polls has been in double digits, down to the low single digits.
Key to that effort, they said, is changing the perception among undecided women that Mr. Romney holds very conservative positions on social issues, after a Republican primary campaign in which Mr. Romney was under constant pressure from the right.”

New York Times: Paul Ryan Can’t Lose (by Mark Leibovich)
Key passage: “Ryan told me that he envisions a vice presidency in which he oversees a vast portfolio on fiscal and economic issues. He agreed fully with the suggestion — first mentioned to me by one of his advisers — that his assignment could be the fiscal version of the role Dick Cheney played on national security after Sept. 11. “It’s a role where you take your expertise and your value-add and you apply it,” Ryan said during a conversation in which he used the phrase “value-add” three times in a 60-second stretch. “My knowledge is how Congress works, how the budget works. Economic policy. That’s my value-add.””

New York Magazine: Bill & Hillary Forever (by John Heilemann)
Key passage: “In that moment, the parallels between Obama’s and Clinton’s first two years became even more apparent. Both rode into office promising change; both found Washington more resistant to it than they’d imagined; both pursued politically unpopular initiatives and paid a heavy price; both had trouble holding their own caucuses together and met stiff Republican intransigence. And the similarities would only deepen in 2011. Just as Clinton battled with Newt Gingrich’s self-styled revolutionary freshmen over the budget in his third year, culminating in a government shutdown, Obama did battle with John Boehner’s bloody-minded tea-party freshmen over the federal debt ceiling, leading nearly to a default on America’s debts and a historic downgrade of its credit rating.”

National Journal: The Presidency Will Only Grow More Powerful (No Matter Who Wins) (by James Oliphant)
Key passage: “The use—or abuse—of presidential power is often in the eye of the beholder. So, like the liberals before them last decade, conservatives howled at Obama’s moves. (In the case of the health care law, the backlash helped spark the rise of a political countermovement: the tea party.) But if Mitt Romney is elected next month, he is unlikely to usher in a new era of diminished executive authority. Indeed, there is little reason to believe that Romney’s approach to governing would be markedly different from Obama’s or Bush’s.”