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Right Turn
Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 10/05/2012

Morning Bits

No more taxes, says Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). “You know another issue that came up: taxes. Last night, President Obama made it very clear he’s going to raise taxes. Today, Vice President Joe Biden made it even more clear. In Iowa, he said, he asked himself a question and he asked if he and President Obama want a trillion-dollar tax hike. And his response to himself was ‘Yes, we do.’ That’s a direct quote, friends. Well, Virginia, no, we don’t. Mitt’s going to talk about this in a minute. But what we don’t need is a trillion-dollar tax increase — actually, it’s a bit more than that. He was half-right. What we don’t need is a tax increase on our successful job creators that will cost us 700,000 jobs.”

No more whining, puleez. From Bob Herbert, if you can believe it: “It’s time to stop making excuses for Barack Obama. With so much at stake in this election, his performance at the debate on Wednesday night was indefensible. Ever since he was elected, there have been reasons offered, either publicly or privately, for why Obama has been unable to fully engage some of the nation’s most important challenges.”

No more distortions. Stephanie Cutter sort of lets the cat out of the bag. Maybe that $5 trillion tax “cut” is before you close the loopholes.

No more media filter. Some 70 million Americans watched the debate.

No more spin. Mitt Romney on the 47 percent. “Well, clearly in a campaign, with hundreds, if not thousands, of speeches and question & answer sessions, now and then you’re going to say something that doesn’t come out right. In this case, I said something that’s just completely wrong. And I absolutely believe, however, that my life has shown that I care about 100% and that’s been demonstrated throughout my life. And this whole campaign is about the 100%.” He might have said that a couple of weeks ago.”

No more hiding. “For the past four years, he has worked assiduously to avoid being questioned, maintaining a regal detachment from the media and other sources of dissent and skeptical inquiry. Obama has set a modern record for refusal to be quizzed by the media, taking questions from reporters far less often than Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and even George W. Bush.”

No more eloquence. “Obama: ‘Uh’ Even the president’s most loyal fans have got to be getting annoyed with this.”

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