My column Wednesday lists some of the year's best and worst political advertisements so far. But don't take my word for it; go see them yourself. Here are three I'd recommend because they’ll give you a distilled version of the presidential campaign so far:
"Wake Up," from Crossroads GPS, Karl Rove's independent group. It’s a concise version of the core Republican argument: President Obama got our hopes up in 2008, but he let us down -- and it's time for a change.
"Come and Go," from the Obama campaign. This is the core message of the Obama campaign right now: Mitt Romney says he knows how to create jobs, but his record in private business doesn’t support that.
For a more emotional version of the same message: "Stage," from Priorities USA Action, an independent Democratic group supporting Obama. A dramatic interview with a worker who lost his job after Bain Capital bought his employer.