* Barack Obama responds to Mitt Romney’s claim that the administration “sympathized” with the attackers:
“There’s a broader lesson to be learned here,” Mr. Obama told “60 Minutes” correspondent Steve Kroft. “And I think — you know, Governor Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later. And as president, one of the things I’ve learned is you can’t do that. That, you know, it’s important for you to make sure that the statements that you make are backed up by the facts. And that you’ve thought through the ramifications before you make ‘em.”
Raising questions about Romney’s judgment, temperament and fitness to be president.
* A smart point from Carl Cannon about the dust-up:
The basic framework is that this kind of event, while tragic and even perilous, is an opportunity for an incumbent president to speak and act with authority. For the challenger, it’s mostly a potential pitfall. All the opposition candidate can do is talk — and sometimes he shouldn’t.
* Rush Limbaugh claims Romney is the “only guy who looked presidential” during this whole affair, and we’re now at the point where conservative opinion-leaders are selling the base a bill of goods about how Romney is doing.
* Why did Romney misfire? A former Romney adviser theorizes: He was irked that the Obama camp had painted him as a foreign policy neophyte, and he jumped at the chance to prove how tough he is.
* Michael Cohen has a very harsh takedown of Romney’s response to the Embassy attack and what it says about his political abilities and fitness to be president.
* National Journal has an excellent timeline on how all of this unfolded that demolishes Romney’s version of events
* This revelation could stir the pot on this story further:
The consulate where the American ambassador to Libya was killed on Tuesday is an “interim facility” not protected by the contingent of Marines that safeguards embassies, POLITICO has learned.
* Fox News poll: Obama leads by five, 48-43, among likely voters, though that’s within the margin of error.
Two noteworthy tidbits: The shift was driven by a big swing towards Obama among independents. And Romney only leads by 12 among whites — far short of the advantage he needs.
* Important read from the Boston Globe: Dems are putting heavy pressure on Elizabeth Warren to revamp her ad strategy and message, amid a growing consensus that Scott Brown is connecting and she isn’t.
* Sean Sullivan boils down her challenge: How can she persuade voters that Brown’s personal appeal isn’t reason enough to reelect him, given his success at presenting himself as independent of the GOP?
* What if the conventional wisdom that the economy should doom Obama is completely wrong? As Paul Krugman notes, it’s all about the direction the economy is perceived to be moving in.
* As Steve Benen rightly notes, that Census Bureau data showing more with insurance provides a neat preview of what an Obama second term would look like.
* And this is a few days late, but David Atkins’ take on the real meaning of the GOP’s “time to break up with Obama” messaging is a total must read.