Michelle Cottle in The Daily Beast on Obama's Bin Laden Ad President Obama's new campaign ad trumpets his decision to kill Osama bin Laden and questions whether Mitt Romney would have made the same choice. Critics from John McCain to Arianna Huffington have pounced on it as "cheap" and "despicable." Cottle responds: "Oh my God. The nerve. You know who this puts Obama on par with? Every fricking Republican who has run for office since 2001. Oh, yeah, and Hillary Clinton." Cottle answers conservative complaints by pointing to the many times they've politicized national security. She answers liberals by conceding that Obama is not as above the fray as they might like. The ad "is harsh, exploitative, tacky even. It is, in short, perfectly in keeping with today’s political climate."
Bret Stephens in The Wall Street Journal on Vice President Rice Even those who didn't "loathe" the Bush administration often feel it executed its ideas poorly. Chiefly responsible for much of that execution, Stephens argues, was Condoleezza Rice. She's been an extremely popular potential Mitt Romney running mate, but Stephens makes a case against her. "If the presumptive Republican nominee is going to choose his running mate with an eye toward governing the country and not just winning the election, he can do better than Ms. Rice."