Bill Clinton made up stuff?! “Far from proving the efficacy of [President] Obama’s policies, the real world evidence that Clinton presented better supports [Mitt] Romney’s point that it was absurd for Obama to promise to lower ocean levels.”

Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) says Obama never made the call on Benghazi. “I don’t think he issued such an order. I think the inadequate security and not heeding the warnings leading up to the attack, and the seven hours that they watched this attack and did nothing to help our people on the ground, and then the six weeks of different kinds of responses, different stories coming out of the White House, the administration — the American people want to know what really happened.”

Obama made an ad buy in Michigan?! Yup: “Michigan is now at least in play, as I am told by reliable sources that the Obama campaign is buying a week’s worth of television ads in the Detroit market.” The map is growing. Still.

Romney made Pennsylvania competitive. “Republicans in the collar counties had little reason for enthusiasm before the first debate. The morning after Denver, the party office in Bucks [County] was overrun with people looking for Romney-Ryan lawn signs. The Romney message strategy echoes that of Sen. Toomey and other successful GOP candidates here two years ago: Talk about jobs and debt, appeal to bipartisanship, and avoid the subjects of abortion and religion as much as possible.”

Benghazi made Obama’s promise to calm the Middle East a farce. “What the White House wants and needs from Libya is no news at all; it needs for the people there to be quietly minding their business and rebuilding their land. It doesn’t need armed bands and pitched battles and massive assaults on American officials and posts in the city it intervened to save. The drip drip drip of new revelations, however, is the worst kind of news. Even though many of the new stories are minor, and some contain information that is actively helpful to the White House, anything that keeps this story alive makes the President’s re-election just a little bit tougher.”

His refusal to come clean has made a lot of folks mad. Retired Adm. James A. Lyons: “Somebody high up in the administration made the decision that no assistance (outside our Tripoli embassy) would be provided, and let our people be killed. The person who made that callous decision needs to be brought to light and held accountable. According to a CIA spokesperson, ‘No one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need.’ We also need to know whether the director of CIA and the director of National Intelligence were facilitators in the fabricated video lie and the overall cover-up. Their credibility is on the line. A congressional committee should be immediately formed to get the facts out to the American people. Nothing less is acceptable.”

Republicans made up some ground in Nevada on early voting. “Republicans and other party voters are leading Democrats 57% to 43% in Nevada’s second week of early voting in Election 2012, according to new data published by the Secretary of State this morning. Republicans have taken a clear lead among absentee voters as well this week, 48% to 38%.”