Let me finish tonight with this.
Did you hear about the elephants who blamed the guys following them with the brooms? "Hey! You guys missed some of it."
That's the way it is, Walter Cronkite might say, in this campaign of 2012.
The Republicans say, "Yes, we left you with a real mess." You're just not cleaning it up the right way. You're leaving too much of it out there on the street.
They go further. They constantly suggest that Obama's not quite eligible to be president. That's certainly working 37 percent of Ohio Republican voters don't believe the President was born in this country. Now that's what I call an effective campaign—ruthlessly effective. And Ohio matters. If history's a judge, Republicans can't win without it.
Imagine if Democrats played this rough? Imagine if they blamed the Republicans for a failure of national security on the eve of 9/11? Does anyone doubt they'd have done it to the Democrats had the horrible attacks occurred on Obama's watch? Really, can't you hear the "birthers" and the Tea Partiers gyrating with righteous indignation over that?
So the elephants move on, pretending they weren't just here, dying for the voter to reward them for the single virtue of having lost the last election so they didn't have to be here clearing up the mess they left.