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**FILE** Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks Sept. 26, 2012, in Westerville, Ohio. (Associated Press)

HURT: Romney's game-changer: Run for only one term

When Mitt Romney walks into the debate hall Wednesday night for the most crucial performance of his accomplished life, he does not need to have mastered the dark arts of slick body language with which D.C. spinmeisters are so obsessed. Published October 2, 2012

President Obama walks to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Sept. 14, 2012, after arriving on Marine One on the South Lawn. (Associated Press)

HURT: Will the real Jimmah please stand up

Even in these corrosively partisan times there is one thing we can all agree upon: President Obama has managed to out-Jimmy Carter even Jimmy Carter himself. Published September 16, 2012

President Obama speaks at a campaign event Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

HURT: Beware the breathless pollsters

Election polls today are worth precisely what you probably paid to read them. Everybody has their thumb on the scale. Published September 12, 2012

Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (Associated Press)

HURT: Even while praising Obama, Clinton pats his own back

Bill Clinton's typically epic speech last night was certainly the most detailed, calculated and complete attack on the Republican agenda that we have heard during the entire campaign. It was also the most unreserved and embracing defense of President Obama. Published September 6, 2012

** FILE ** Vice President Joseph R. Biden and his wife, Jill, arrive in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 4, 2012, to attend the Democratic National Convention. (Associated Press)

HURT: Biden's garrulity, gaffes are 
antithesis of authenticity

If it is true that a sucker is born every minute, then there simply are not enough minutes in the day to account for all the suckers around here. And nothing brings these suckers together in agreement more than the canard that Vice President Joseph R. Biden is some kind of fountain of "authenticity." Published September 5, 2012

President Obama smiles as supporters applaud during a Sept. 4, 2012, rally at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Va. (Associated Press)

HURT: Only a celebrity can blow through $5.4 trillion

President Obama has gone full celebrity on us. He cannot run on the actual record of his first term, so he reaches back for that old magic from four years ago that helped him cross over from politician to full-blown icon. Published September 4, 2012

Charlotte Police K-9 units keep watch over the crowd as the Occupy Charlotte movement holds a protest march through the streets of uptown Charlotte, N.C. during the Democratic National Convention. (AP Photo/The Star, Ben Earp)

HURT: Convention security the embodiment of a police state

Welcome to the police state. In Tampa, Fla., and now here in Charlotte, N.C., thousands of troops, police and Secret Service agents flood the city and set up giant perimeters around the convention sites. They close off public land, shut down streets and take over private property. Published September 3, 2012

**FILE ** Mitt Romney accepts the nomination of the Republican Party for President of the United States at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Thursday, August 30, 2012. (Rod Lamkey, Jr./ The Washington Times)

HURT: Romney's 'look' is the capper for GOP convention success

By just about any measure, the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., was a success. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan got nominated without drowning in a hurricane and without committing any campaign-killing gaffes. Published September 2, 2012

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie arrives to speak to delegates at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

HURT: Chris Christie, tamed and leashed at the RNC

What the heck happened to Chris Christie? Everyone eagerly anticipating his signature New Jersey-style smackdown on the first night of the Republican convention walked away scratching his head wondering who or what muted the famously uncontainable, confrontational, loud-mouthed governor. Published August 29, 2012

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan speaks Aug. 21, 2012, during a campaign rally at Beaver Steel in Carnegie, Pa. (Associated Press)

HURT: With Ryan pick, the adults are now in charge

By picking Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney made a very political decision that his campaign for the presidency will be about offering serious solutions to gravely serious problems. It will be the group of adults versus the once-hip youngsters cruising around on one final bender before graduating from college. Published August 28, 2012

HURT: Tampa dancers do politics American style

But with the Republican convention in town, Thee DollHouse has taken on a decidedly political flair. That is because small business owner Warren Colazzo, a modern American patriot if there ever were one, sensed an opportunity to make some money. Published August 26, 2012

**FILE** Rep. Kevin Yoder, Kansas Republican (Associated Press/The Kansas City Star)

HURT: Another media belly-flop over skinny-dipping 'scandal'

Skinny-dipping overseas isn't exactly the campaign commercial you want to run for Congress on, but the notion that leaping into the Sea of Galilee is somehow an offense that churches and synagogues all over the country are suddenly fretting about seems a wee bit overblown. Published August 21, 2012

**FILE** Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, announces July 31, 2012, to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington that he and GOP House Speaker John Boehner have reached an agreement to keep the government running on autopilot for six months when the current budget year ends on Sept. 30. (Associated Press)

HURT: The improbable reign of Harry Reid, mumbling gangster

Harry Reid brings the same honor and integrity that he has used to slime so many to the task of running the Senate, which is to say he will say anything and do anything to win any little skirmish over tactics, policy or anything else. Published August 7, 2012

President Obama addresses the National Urban League convention at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans on July 25, 2012. (Associated Press)

HURT: The smallness of the new Obama

It has become the disappearing presidency. He went from peddling the "audacity of hope" to sheer hopelessness. From promising change to — literally — begging for change. Any spare change. Published July 31, 2012