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Must-Read Op-Eds for Wednesday, July 18, 2012

WHO'S ON AMERICA'S SIDE?
BY MAUREEN DOWD
NEW YORK TIMES

Campaigning Tuesday in Pennsylvania, Romney called Obama’s course as president “extraordinarily foreign.” But it is the Mitt-bot who keeps getting caught doing things that seem strangely outside the norm to most Americans.  ... Aside from his time running the Salt Lake City Olympics, which he’s happy to publicize, Romney’s whole life, from his $250 million fortune to his tenure at the cultish Bain to his Mormonism, seems as though it’s secreted in a hidden shelter.  Like W., he’s coming across as the privileged kid who grew up at the country club and got special deals because of his dad, but then runs around claiming to be a self-made businessman. That lack of self-awareness, and Romney’s refusal to take responsibility for his own company, are disturbing traits in a leader.

CHENEY SINGS AN OLD SONG
BY DANA MILBANK
WASHINGTON POST

...The Republicans’ invitation to Cheney was worrying. In office, he championed policies — huge tax cuts, fighting two wars on credit and expanding Medicare benefits — that created much of today’s fiscal mess. Three years later, as the consequences of such policies have become clear, he is essentially advising the GOP on the same course.  ... With both sides dug in, the Republicans’ decision to summon Cheney raises the specter that they’ll do as he says — call off the automatic spending cuts — without agreeing on a plan for deficit reduction.

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