Guy Benson
A few weeks back, we told you about Rep. Phil Hare's (D-IL) unbelievably ill-informed characterization of the national debt as a "myth."  The National Republican Congressional Committee is hitting Hare on the gaffe, rolling out a new TV ad spotlighting the incumbent Democrat's mind-bending denial on an issue that is, alas, all too real:

A new poll from The Hill shows Hare's Republican challenger, Bobby Schilling, opening up a 7-point lead in Illinois' 17th District:

Rep. Phil Hare (D-Ill.) is in trouble. He ran unopposed in 2008, but this cycle he trails the GOP candidate, Tea Party favorite Bobby Schilling, by seven points — 38 percent to Schilling’s 45 — and 14 percent of likely voters are undecided, according to The Hill 2010 Midterm Election Poll.

Guy Benson

Guy Benson is's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).

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