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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 10/11/2012

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Simple to understand, if you’re not trying to distort. “Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney appeared on CNN with Wolf Blitzer where he was asked to get specific about his tax reform plan – what deductions and loopholes he would cut, and how he would compensate for the reduced revenue to the government. Romney did not outline what deductions he would cut explicitly, but he detailed how he thought his plan would produce growth. Romney also made clear that he intends to cap or eliminate deductions claimed by high-income-earning Americans as well as cut rates across the board so the government remains fully funded.”

Easy to find that out in the first 24 hours, no? ABC News Jonathan Karl on the absence of protests outside the U.S. consulate in Libya: “This is significantly different than what we were being told at the time. At the time, as you recall, we were told it was a protest that went bad and became an attack. Now, we are told there was no protest going on outside that embassy. The first indication that they heard anything outside the walls of the embassy — of the consulate compound, was an explosion and gunfire. They looked through a camera to see what was going on and we are told they saw a large number of armed men coming and approaching that compound. We’re told it was a very complex attack without precedent in U.S. diplomatic history. We’ve never seen an attack like this in Libya or anywhere else, we were told by this senior State Department official.”

Republicans don’t break a sweat going for the jugular. House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Virg.): “The American people need to understand why the Administration assessed the attack grew out of a spontaneous protest even though State Department officials in Libya apparently never reported any protest at the consulate facility in Benghazi. The American people need to understand why the Obama Administration didn’t send additional security assets to Libya and Benghazi despite increasing reports of terrorist activity and evidence of weak Libyan government control. . . .Today, the Obama Administration had an opportunity to end the obfuscation and begin to set the record straight, but instead we are left with more questions than answers.”

No quick way to undo the damage, I suspect. “Obama campaign tries to quell panic.”

This might not go so smoothly. “Obama meets with Hillary at the White House as damaging Libya attack details emerge.”

In a flash, it all gets messy. The administration’s Libya mess deepens: “The star witness for Republicans at Wednesday’s hearing on the assault on the consulate in Benghazi said he twice urged the State Department to keep an elite diplomatic security team in Libya, but was denied each time. The team, a group of retired military personnel, left the country in August.”

It’s a snap, you see. Next time he won’t be so polite. “‘I think it’s fair to say I was just too polite,’ the president said when asked about his first debate performance during an interview on the Tom Joyner radio show. ‘The good news is, is that’s just the first one.’” Yes, Democrats, it is time to panic.

By  |  07:45 AM ET, 10/11/2012

 
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