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Morning Bits

On offense. Big turnouts for the Romney-Ryan team continue in North Carolina.

On defense. Former senator Evan Bayh tells Obama to condemn the “Romney killed her” super PAC ad.

Fumble. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) looks awful trying to deny the super PAC is put out by Democrats. They should get Tim Kaine back as DNC chairman.

Benched by both Time and CNN. Should he be canned outright? “Fareed Zakaria apologized publicly for passing off New Yorker writer Jill Lepore’s work as his own in an essay he wrote for Time magazine. Not to put too fine a point on it, Zakaria committed egregious plagiarism. . . . But the offense does not end there. Zakaria is a trustee of Yale, which takes a very dim view of plagiarism and suspends or expels students who commit anything like what he has committed here. If the Yale Corporation were to apply to itself the standards it expects its faculty and students to meet, Zakaria would have to take a leave or resign.”

If ever there was a group with a losing record, this is it. On Ryan’s selection: “Misgivings in the strategist class.” So it must be brilliant.

The Romney team did execute the Ryan roll-out well, maybe better than anything it has done so far.

President Obama has punted on the tough issues so he has to resort to smears. George Will sums up: “Romney embraced Ryan after the sociopathic — indifferent to the truth — ad for Barack Obama that is meretricious about every important particular of the death from cancer of the wife of steelworker Joe Soptic. Obama’s desperate flailing about to justify four more years has sunk into such unhinged smarminess that Romney may have concluded: There is nothing Obama won’t say about me, because he has nothing to say for himself, so I will chose a running mate whose seriousness about large problems and ideas underscores what the president has become — silly and small.”

Liz Cheney runs up the score on Wasserman Schultz: “I didn’t catch a lot of what she said, because I was laughing when she said that she couldn’t say whether the Priorities USA were Democrats. I mean, there’s a real a credibility issue here. And I think that obviously we’ve now learned over the course of the last couple of weeks you had administration officials raising money for Priorities USA. . . . I think it hurts the president’s credibility not to disavow the ad.”

Maybe they need a new playbook. “Senior Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod on Sunday denied that a recent ad from pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA blamed Mitt Romney for a woman’s death from cancer, after her husband lost his job and insurance at a plant shuttered by Bain Capital.” Pathetic.

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.


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