Must-Read Op-Eds for Nov. 1, 2012

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GUESS WHO IT’S ALL UP TO?

GAIL COLLINS

NEW YORK TIMES

“It’s been all up to Ohio for months now. But, on Wednesday, a new CBS/New York Times/Quinnipiac poll showed Obama leading Romney by five points in the Buckeye State. In response, Romney officials began to suggest that maybe it was really all about Pennsylvania. Nobody took them seriously. Mitt is bringing half the Republican Party to Ohio on Friday to kick off the new “Romney-Ryan Real Recovery Road Rally.” Everybody’s coming — Ann, the sons, Paul Ryan, Paul Ryan’s wife who we have yet to actually meet, Rudy Giuliani, a couple of Olympic medalists and pretty much every Republican elected official except He Who Must Not Be Named in New Jersey. Sudden plans for a road trip are usually the sign of a pressing need to escape reality.”

LIBERTY TO LIE

CHARLES M. BLOW

NEW YORK TIMES

“President Obama has a 9 percentage point lead over Romney in Ohio among likely voters on the question of who is honest and trustworthy… But that same poll found that the president only had a 5-point lead in the horse race numbers in Ohio. The president had a similarly large lead on the honesty question in Florida and Virginia, but in those states the poll found the race to be virtually tied… How is it that so many people are willing to support a man who they don’t believe is honest or trustworthy? …Disliking the president so much that you would do harm to yourself by voting for someone who you admit you don’t trust seems to be taking things to extremes. All the voters who are aware of Romney’s fact-mangling but vote for him anyway must ask themselves this question: are they granting him the liberty to lie?”

MITT ROMNEY VERSUS THE AUTOMAKERS

EDITORIAL

NEW YORK TIMES

“Nearly 1.5 million people are working as a direct result of the bailout. Ohio’s unemployment rate is well below the national average. G.M.’s American sales continue to increase, and Chrysler said this week that its third-quarter net income rose 80 percent. These companies haven’t just bounced back from the bottom; they are accelerating. What Mr. Romney cannot admit is that all this is a direct result of the government investment he would have rejected. It’s bad enough to be wrong on the policy. It takes an especially dishonest candidate to simply turn up the volume on a lie and keep repeating it. By doing that in a flailing, last-minute grab for Ohio, Mr. Romney is providing a grim preview of what kind of president he would be.”

OBAMA’S EMPTY NOISE

GEORGE WILL

WASHINGTON POST

“Energetic in body but indolent in mind, Barack Obama in his frenetic campaigning for a second term is promising to replicate his first term, although simply apologizing would be appropriate. His long campaign’s bilious tone — scurrilities about Mitt Romney as a monster of, at best, callous indifference; adolescent japes about “Romnesia” — is discordant coming from someone who has favorably compared his achievements to those of “any president” since Lincoln, with the “possible” exceptions of Lincoln, LBJ and FDR. Obama’s oceanic self-esteem — no deficit there — may explain why he seems to smolder with resentment that he must actually ask for a second term.”

ROMNEY’S SECRET VOTING BLOC

DANIEL HENNINGER

WALL STREET JOURNAL

“…There’s one major voting group that’s fallen off the map since the primaries. The evangelical vote. When Mitt Romney’s 2012 candidacy was gaining traction in the primaries, the conventional wisdom instantly conveyed that the evangelical vote, skeptical of Mormonism, would sink him. What if in Ohio next week the opposite is true? There and in other swing states—Wisconsin, Iowa, North Carolina, Florida—the evangelical vote is flying beneath the media’s radar. … Four years ago, evangelicals mainly supported former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. When John McCain became the nominee, he and the evangelical community never connected, and many evangelicals stayed home. This time they are in motion.”

Must-Read Op-Eds for Nov. 1, 2012

Updated