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Karl Rove answered questions about election 2012 from Mike Gallagher and me Saturday night before a crowd of 2500 in Denver’s Wings Over the Rockies Museum. My new Washington Examiner column summarizes Rove’s takeaways, but watch Townhall.com’s Tipsheet for the video of the conversation. (The link to the Tipsheet is here.)

Bottom line: The news is very good and the map is expanding rapidly for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan as a country worn out by hollow promises and evasions turns a page and embraces a fresh start –just as it did in 1980.

I saw Argo tonight and was struck by the fact that the movie revolves around the great catastrophe of the Carter years, a catastrophe that engulfed Jimmy Carter’s White House and re-election campaign even as Benghazi is consuming the last weeks of the 2012 campaign and exposing the president on many levels. As I note in the column, Rove discussed the president’s response to the slaughter in Benghazi in great detail, and not from a political point of view but from the perspective of one with long service in the White House. The questions posed by Bill Kristol are just the beginning. The obviousness of the cover-up is destroying the president’s standing with the public in real time.

The reason there is a cover-up underway is that the president has much to hide. The storm may help change the subject for a few days, but it will not change the impression growing rapidly among the handful of undecideds and even many of the president’s supporters that you simply cannot trust President Obama on this, and by extension, many other subjects.

Mitt Romney proved in the debates that he can be trusted, and therein is the explanation for the Republican’s lead in the polls. Watch it grow, and watch a grudging MSM acknowledge as much.

Minnesota in play? For whom does the bell toll when the deep blue states go purple?

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