Weekly commentary by CBS Evening News chief Washington correspondent and Face the Nation host.
Anyway you cut it, this had to be some week - or maybe it was a year. No, it just seemed like a year but it was really only a week.
Let's review: In West Virginia,- in this goofy year, a case of too much too late, apparently.
The next day,- but before the interviews had aired, they were outdated, as .
While people debated whether that really mattered, President Bush went to Israel and upstaged the rest of them by bringing up Hitler and accusing Obama of appeasing terrorists - or not accusing him of anything, depending on whose version you believed.
John McCain, who had been trying to separate himself from the President and his unpopular policies,- which gave Obama a chance to tie them together and denounce them both. Senator Clinton took a deep breath and stood up for Obama.
For all of it, there was one nice thing: Both Barack Obama and John McCain expressed hope to raise the level of the campaign.
For sure, it won't take much to raise it beyond where it seems to be right now.
By Bob Schieffer