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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 03/15/2011

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Where are the Democrats? Forty-four Republican senators blast Obama on free-trade deals. “The administration has delayed sending up legislation for free trade agreements with Colombia and Panama. These agreements were negotiated and finalized more than three years ago. Through these agreements Colombia and Panama committed to opening their markets to U.S. exports and adopting rules of trade that will make it easier for U.S. workers to export to these markets. Concluding these agreements will provide new export opportunities for U.S. businesses and workers. We are disappointed by the President’s apparent lack of interest in seeking approval of these free trade agreements. The time for delay is over.” They threaten to hold up nominations on commerce secretary and other posts.

Where are the “smart” diplomats? “President Obama is reluctant to intervene in the bloody civil war now underway in Libya. As a senior aide told The New York Times last week, ‘He keeps reminding us that the best revolutions are completely organic.’ I like that notion of organic revolutions—guaranteed no foreign additives, exclusive to Whole Foods. I like it because, like so much about this administration, it is both trendy and ignorant.”

Where are the young(er) guns? “The last time Newt Gingrich ran in a competitive election, the Internet was a few years away from going global. The only mobile device anyone chatted on was the car phone. And Matt Drudge was not yet a driving force in political news coverage. . . . And Haley Barbour waited overnight to respond to the storm over his own controversial comments on the Civil Rights era, helping turn a squall into a defining storm for the Mississippi governor.”

Where are the electable Republican women? Michele Bachmann: “I’ll tell you one thing, if I was ever to run for President of the United States, I think the first thing I would do in the first debate is offer my birth certificate, so we can get that off the table.”

Where are Americans (including Bill Clinton) on offshore drilling? Gallup poll tells us “Six in 10 Americans favor increasing offshore drilling for oil and gas in U.S. coastal areas, up 50% from May 2010.”

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