Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) recaps the choice. “He gave us four budgets, Norah, each of which had trillion dollar deficits, none of which ever, ever proposed to actually balance the budget. His allies in the Senate haven’t even given us a budget for three years. We’ve passed budgets. We’ve led. Mitt Romney and I have offered a specific plan to prevent a debt crisis, to save Medicare and Social Security, to create jobs, to get us growing again. It’s a five point plan for a stronger middle class which is aimed to get us out of this weak recovery we have and get us back to growing our economy like we ought to. We got a troubling jobs report on Friday, Norah, that said for everybody who got a job, nearly four people stopped looking for a job.

Sandra Fluke, according to Peggy Noonan, represents the face of the modern Democratic Party. “What a fabulously confident and ingenuous-seeming political narcissist.”

Recall how Obama’s campaign and left blogosphere wigged out about Mitt Romney’s birther joke? “Obama cracks a birther joke.” Really, you can’t take the outraged left media seriously; I don’t think they do.

Remember that it’s not just conservatives who have figured out the president is the ultimate buck-passer. “In his renomination acceptance speech here on Thursday night, he told us that America’s problems were tougher to solve than he had originally thought. And that’s why he has kindly agreed to give us more time. Because, after all, it’s our fault. “

When Obama takes credit for “winding down” the war in Iraq, Romney can remind him he failed to negotiate to keep U.S. troops there. Now we see this: “Insurgents killed at least 44 people in a wave of attacks against Iraqi security forces on Sunday, gunning down soldiers at an army post and bombing police recruits waiting in line to apply for jobs, officials said. The violence, which struck at least 11 cities and also wounded nearly 240 people, highlighted militant attempts to sow havoc in the country and undermine the government. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks but security forces are a frequent target of al-Qaida’s Iraq branch, which has vowed to reassert itself and take back areas it was forced from before U.S. troops withdrew from the country last year.”

Refusing to act has its downsides. “Foreign Islamists intent on turning Syria into an autocratic theocracy have swollen the ranks of rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad and think they are waging a ‘holy war,’ a French surgeon who treated fighters in Aleppo has said.” A vacuum left by the United States if filled with dangerous characters.

The guy with the “superior temperament” is revealed in Bob Woodward’s book to be peevish and rude. He certainly didn’t lead. A Hill staffer during the debt ceiling debate: “Mr. President, I am sorry — with all due respect — that we are in this situation that we’re in, but we got handed this football on Friday night. And I didn’t create this situation. The first thing that baffles me is, from my private-sector experience, the first rule that I’ve always been taught is to have a Plan B. And it is really disheartening that you, that this White House did not have a Plan B.” Ouch.