HotAir Daily Express 10/11/2012

DWS to Piers Morgan: How dare you call our entirely discredited cover story on Benghazi false, or something
10/11/2012 10:01:31 AM  Ed Morrissey
Allahpundit included this in last night’s QOTD post, but it’s worth a separate look. If you’ve already watched this once, try this thought experiment the second time through.  Pretend that the topic isn’t the terrorist attack on

Bounce continues in new swing-state polling
10/11/2012 9:21:30 AM  Ed Morrissey
Plenty of new swing-state polling this morning, and almost all of it looks bad for Barack Obama.  Business Insider looks at NBC/Marist and CBS/NYT/Quinnipiac polling and concludes, “President Barack Obama has lost his advantage across the electoral

American embassy security leader assassinated in Yemen
10/11/2012 8:41:31 AM  Ed Morrissey
On the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington DC, our consulate in Benghazi was sacked, and four Americans murdered, including our Ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens.  The Obama administration considered that just a coincidence in its

Obamateurism of the Day
10/11/2012 8:01:23 AM  Ed Morrissey
There was plenty of criticism about Barack Obama’s debate performance eight days ago: Disengaged. Disconnected. Acted like he didn’t want to be there. And that was just the criticism coming from his fellow Democrats. Obama has another take

Quotes of the day
10/10/2012 10:48:24 PM  Allahpundit
Face down on a roof inside the besieged American diplomatic compound, gunfire and flames crackling around them, the two young Libyan guards watched as several bearded men crept toward the ambassador’s residence with semiautomatic weapons and

Video: Mother of State Dep’t worker killed in Benghazi begs White House to stop stonewalling her
10/10/2012 10:04:26 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Standard, which has a transcript. You’ve watched a lot of clips about Benghazi today but none of them bring home the anguish of Stevens and his team finding themselves defenseless inside a terrorist maelstrom the way this one does. Her

Exciting new Obama talking point: There’s only one candidate in this race who’ll fight for Big Bird and Elmo
10/10/2012 9:21:07 PM  Allahpundit
As prominent Democrat Dick Harpootlian put it, “Big Bird is iconic. He — or it — she — I don’t know what it is — is an icon with a whole generation or two of Americans.” Well said. If Mitt Romney won’t stand up for giant muppets, who

New Project Veritas vids: Say, Obama staffer, is it okay if I vote twice?
10/10/2012 8:41:29 PM  Allahpundit
Brand new from James O’Keefe and PV, the logical follow-up to his expose of how easy it is to request someone else’s ballot: Why not just request your own, but in different states? And why not casually mention your intentions to your friendly

Ex-security officer in Libya on State Dep’t bureaucracy: “The Taliban is on the inside of the building”
10/10/2012 8:08:01 PM  Allahpundit
The devastating soundbite du jour from today’s House Oversight hearings, courtesy of Eric Nordstrom. There’ll be some faux-trage aimed at him for his choice of metaphor here, if only in the interest of changing the subject politically, but

Fox News poll: Romney erases five-point Obama lead, now leads by one
10/10/2012 7:21:06 PM  Allahpundit
Two weeks ago, he trailed Obama 48/43. Today: Romney 46, Obama 45, which is nearly identical to what Reuters’s latest tracking poll shows. Add the Fox poll to the new Gallup and Rasmussen trackers and a couple of others, and voila — a 1.5

Obama to panicky Dems: Hey, the fundamentals of this race haven’t changed
10/10/2012 6:41:36 PM  Allahpundit
An artful bit of spin that’s both true and deceptive. The truth: The fundamentals really haven’t changed much. The deceptive part: O’s touting that as a good thing when in fact the fundamentals have always worked against him, not for

The War on Bacon
10/10/2012 6:01:55 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Welcome! Let us explain. Kelly Maher of Revealing Politics and I are doing a little talk show for 30-45 minutes, here, at 6:15 p.m. every day. We named it The War on Bacon. We figure, since the government is after trans fats, big sodas, salt, and most

Tapper to WH on Benghazi: So, wouldn’t it be President Obama who shot first and aimed later?
10/10/2012 5:21:29 PM  Erika Johnsen
If you’ll recall, in the immediate wake of the breaking news of the riots in Cairo and Benghazi in September, the biggest question on the mainstream media’s collective mind was not anything in the vein of, Is any of this related to terrorism

State Dep’t rep: “We had the correct number of [security] assets in Benghazi”
10/10/2012 4:41:53 PM  Allahpundit
Three pitiful minutes from today’s House Oversight hearing, revolving around whether a cable that “requested” more security in Libya was enough of a clue to State that … more security was being requested. Eric Nordstrom, who was

Surprise poll: Private doctors overwhelmingly back Mitt Romney
10/10/2012 4:01:01 PM  Erika Johnsen
>From Paul Bedard at the Washington Examiner, here’s yet another iteration of why the implementation of ObamaCare is destined to be such an unmitigated disaster for everyone involved. Besides effectively turning doctors into cogs in the wheel of a

Obama on his debate performance: I suppose “I was just too polite”
10/10/2012 3:21:59 PM  Erika Johnsen
Ah, yet another line of reasoning for the President to explain away the lack of vigor during his dismal debate performance: It wasn’t disdain for Mitt Romney, nor a lack of adequate preparation, nor even altitude sickness; perhaps he was just

Romney won’t tell story of meeting former SEAL killed in Benghazi after SEAL’s mom objects Update: Widow of another SEAL says Romney mention ‘greatest honor’
10/10/2012 2:41:19 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
The Romney campaign has vowed not to tell the story of Romney’s chance meeting with the late Glen Doherty anymore, as Doherty’s mother objected to it publicly. Romney related a tale of meeting the “impressive” young man at a

Obama rep: All of these Republicans politicizing the Benghazi attack are just so outrageous
10/10/2012 2:01:39 PM  Erika Johnsen
Prior to today’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the security failures in Benghazi, Obama campaign traveling press secretary Jen Psaki appeared on CNN to offer a little pre-fallout spin. I suppose that she’s right,

The Ed Morrissey Show: Guy Benson, Mary Katharine Ham
10/10/2012 1:48:12 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (3 pm ET), it’s time again for our Salem All-Stars! Guy Benson and Mary Katharine Ham join me today to discuss polls, Benghazi, and much much more. Don’t miss it! Watch Now The Ed Morrissey Show and its dynamic

Pelosi’s pre-debate advice to Biden: “Women.”
10/10/2012 1:21:29 PM  Erika Johnsen
Our gaffe-prone vice president is going to have his work cut out for him on Thursday night, when he’ll be debating against the formidable budgetary and economic expertise of Republican running mate Paul Ryan. Which is probably why, according to

VP debate: An epic non-event?
10/10/2012 12:41:09 PM  Ed Morrissey
Tomorrow night, the American electorate will watch another in a series of four debates intended to help voters decide who should be the next President.  In this event, however, neither presidential candidate will be present.  Instead, the two running

Stacey Dash: I picked my candidate by the content of his character
10/10/2012 12:01:57 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Remember that time Rep. Paul Ryan called Dionne Davenport to chat? Stacey Dash breaks the news to Alicia Silverstone that it’s Paul Ryan on the line. Stacey Dash, the actress best-known for playing Dionne in “Clueless,” announced her

Confirmed: Big Bird ad a flop across the entire political spectrum
10/10/2012 11:21:40 AM  Ed Morrissey
Put this another way.  When your campaign strategy loses Matt Lauer, Chris Matthews Bob Shrum, and earns four Pinocchios from the Washington Post, where exactly does that leave you?  In a fine, feathered mess, that’s where.  Lauer interviewed Obama

DNC out of cash?
10/10/2012 10:41:48 AM  Ed Morrissey
Does this remind Republicans of anything — say, how the RNC managed to nearly miss a dramatic Republican resurgence through poor cash management in the 2010 midterm elections?  Keep that in mind while reading how poor fundraising and a greedy