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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 09/23/2012

Morning Bits

Another appeal to conservative hysterics to put a cork in it. “I would like to appeal to them to stop helping the other team score goals — particularly during the final playoffs. With six weeks left before one of the most critical elections in American history, the last thing Romney voters need is a dose of internal demoralization. Ironically, many of the very analysts who grasp that America is not at fault for the bashing it is receiving from the Islamic world find it hard to acknowledge that Romney is not to blame for every surge Obama enjoys in the polls. Never before has an incumbent with this abysmal a record been given such a break by the media and the public.” Read the whole thing.

Another voice of sanity in a sea of silliness. “Historically speaking, this president is in weaker shape than any postwar incumbent who went on to victory, with the possible exception of Harry Truman; he is enjoying a convention bounce later in the cycle than any incumbent in the postwar era; and if he manages to win, it will probably be via a true squeaker, with plenty of twists and turns to come. Democrats are celebrating and Republicans panicking prematurely.”

Another pollster calls foul on his colleagues. John McLaughlin: “Major pollsters have samples with Republican affiliation in the 20 to 30 percent range, at such low levels not seen since the 1960s in states like Virginia, Florida, North Carolina and which then place Obama ahead.”

Another liberal talking point down the drain. Even after giving away a huge percentage of his income to charity, “Romney still paid higher [average] effective income tax rate than 80% of Americans, [and a] higher total rate than 60%.”

Another example of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s deplorable character. Reid has been caught lying that Romney didn’t pay taxes for 10 years. No apology, of course, is forthcoming. “Even Friday, Reid responded to the announcement that Romney was releasing his returns by telling a Las Vegas Sun reporter, ‘He’s hiding something. He’s hiding something! It is so evident he’s hiding something!’ ”

Another day, another Obama falsehood revealed. “President Obama Falsely Claims Fast and Furious Program ‘Begun Under the Previous Administration.’ ” Is he uninformed, or doesn’t he care what the facts are?

Another iteration of the explanation for the embassy attacks. “Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says it was a ‘terrorist attack’ that killed the American ambassador to Libya and three others, and she says the U.S. will not rest until those responsible are brought to justice.” So the movie didn’t make them do it?

Another example of the good sense of the American people. “Americans’ distrust in the media hit a new high this year, with 60% saying they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly. Distrust is up from the past few years, when Americans were already more negative about the media than they had been in years prior to 2004.”

Another reason to praise vice-presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.): AARP booed him for telling the truth. “The first step to a stronger Medicare is to repeal Obamacare, because it represents the worst of both worlds. It weakens Medicare for today’s seniors and puts it at risk for the next generation. . . . Ask the chief actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He works for the Obama administration, and his job is to look after your Medicare. Last year, we invited him to Congress to answer a simple question: If President Obama’s Medicare cuts were used to pay for new spending in Obamacare, how can they also improve Medicare’s solvency? His answer? They can’t.”

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