Jake Tapper writes up the Issa hearing on Libya, which was a lot of heat, a little light, and some useful details about what happened in Benghazi.
The new swing state polls have Barack Obama falling narrowly behind in Colorado (+ 1 Romney), while keeping leads in Ohio (+6), Virginia (+5), and Wisconsin (+3).
Daniel Henninger wants Barack Obama to stop calling Mitt Romney a liar, because Hitler and whatnot.
The Obama campaign's resurrection of "liar" as a political tool is odious because it has such a repellent pedigree. It dates to the sleazy world of fascist and totalitarian propaganda in the 1930s. It was part of the milieu of stooges, show trials and dupes. These were people willing to say anything to defeat their opposition. Denouncing people as liars was at the center of it. The idea was never to elevate political debate but to debauch it.
Got that? If you're in politics, and an opponent lies, and you call him a liar, you're basically a fascist. I'd love to see this rule applied to Clinton-era WSJ columns.
Andrew Kaczynski captures some more of Buzz Bissinger's tossed-off political thoughts. Before Romney could save America, he was a racist or something.
And Blake Zeff asks if Romney has overcome the "flip-flop" label.
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