* James Fallows, a former Carterite himself, has the definitive takedown of Mitt Romney’s claim that “even Jimmy Carter” would have ordered the Bin Laden raid. (ICYMI: My similar take here.)
* David Corn’s detailed behind-the-scenes account of the deliberations that went into ordering the Bin Laden killing reveals how big a gamble it really was.
* Michael Hirsh marvels: Romney, who’s accusing Obama of politicizing Bin Laden’s death, will be joined on tomorrow’s one-year anniversary by the man who invented the entire politicizing-911 genre.
* History lesson of the day: Jed Lewison reminds us that Repubilcans didn’t just politicize 9/11; they also used it “to justify an entirely unrelated war.”
* It never ends: As Jonathan Cohn notes, the Romney camp’s most recent dissembling can’t change the basic fact that Romney opposed the federal government loan bailing out the auto industry.
* Glenn Kessler demolishes Americans for Prosperity’s ad campaign attacking Obama on energy. As I’ve been saying, this is a gentle breeze compared to the tornado of super PAC lies that’s coming.
* Jonathan Bernstein: No matter how many times GOP apologists say otherwise, the party that’s really to blame for violating basic norms designed to keep American democracy functioning is the GOP.
* Michael Shear has an overview of the state-by-state GOP effort to restrict voting — er, voter fraud — signaling that the battle has become national in scope, and that the Obama camp is responding accordingly.
* Suzy Khimm on why the Violence Against Women Act is a legit LGBT issue, which will matter when the battle to reconcile the Senate and House versions gets underway.
* Steve Kornacki on the case for each of the Democrats vying to face Scott Walker in the recall election, and on the impossibility of predicting with any certitude who would be stronger.
* And Scott Brown is as determined as ever for the Massachusetts Senate race to be about the big issues, such as whether Elizabeth Warren listed her Native American background on mid-1990s jobs forms.