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Early Voting May Not Be a Blessing When There's Late-Breaking News

October 29, 2012 - 7:00pm

More than 1 million Florida residents already have cast a vote in the presidential election, which will be decided in one week. Given recent news, at least a few of those who voted for the incumbent must be wishing they could retrieve their ballots.

Unable to defend his abysmal economic record of a $16 trillion debt increasing daily and growth declining annually -- during what is being called a "recovery" -- Obama has to go somewhere else.

Where he's going isn't pretty.

An angry Obama lashed out the other day, calling Mitt Romney a bullshitter. His ads call Romney a traitor.

This is from someone who repeatedly said as a candidate that we have to stop name-calling and improve the tone of politics.

In the past week, there also have been signs of an attempt at voter suppression -- not the phony kind alleged by liberals, but the real thing. Republicans in Florida have received letters suggesting they could be jailed for going to the polls. Elsewhere there have been problems getting absentee ballots to military personnel, who tend to vote for conservatives.

In 2008, Obama promised to unify Americans, run a transparent government, halve the deficit, increase employment, bring peace to the world and set a higher standard for politics. All are at odds with the reality.

Transparency is not the standard in the Benghazi attack. For 17 days afterward, the White House put out a false version of the attack and now is saying it wants to find out what happened two months ago. I dont expect its investigation to end until after the election.

Excellent reporting by Fox News shows the White House knew during the attack that it was a terrorist attack planned in advance. Four Americans died, two of them former SEALS who fought furiously, futilely hoping aid that was nearby would come. A former top CIA official says Obama had to know what was happening and that refusing aid was "cowardly."

On the day it was reported that the CIA had asked for help in Benghazi three times and had been denied, neither NBC, nor CBS, nor the New York Times reported the news.

Knowing how the left-wing media hate Fox News, I expected them to contradict the story or make excuses, not to totally abdicate their responsibilities, and I'm not the only one who is outraged. Longtime Democratic pollster Pat Caddell said, "The worst thing is, the very people who are supposed to protect the American people with the truth -- the leading mainstream media ... they have become a threat, a fundamental threat to American democracy and the enemies of the American people ... these people have no honor ... cover-up is too nice of a word."

If Benghazi is what it appears, it means the president ignored pleas for help, slept soundly for seven hours while heroes fought for their lives, and calmly went to a Las Vegas fundraiser the next day. Those who voted for him early might soon be applauding his impeachment, or hailing his defeat.

Lloyd Brown was in the newspaper business nearly 50 years, beginning as a copy boy and retiring as editorial page editor of the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville. After retirement he served as speech writer for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

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