Alan Schlesinger is The Third Man

In between Joementum and Nedrenaline, spare a thought for Alan Schlesinger. The President conspicously failed to back him. The rest of his party can't distance themselves quickly enough. He polls in (low) single figures. And now, so goes the conventional wisdom in blog land, he has just had his campaign handed to him by Chris Mathews on Hardball. I'll go out on a limb here and say that Schleisinger actually comes off well. Despite the predictably aggressive questioning about gambling debts and his party dropping him like a dose of the plague, he seeemd calm, straight forward, honest and relatively likeable. If he doesn't get the axe, perhaps he'll pick up a vote in the teens after all?