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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 03/22/2011

Morning Bits

When he is on his game, no one is better than Rudy Giuliani on presidential leadership. On Libya: “ [Obama] has put us in a position where we have to get Qaddafi out at this time. . . .We cannot accept a solution in which Qaddafi is in charge of Libya for the next eight or ten years. We cannot create another Iraq, like we did in the early 1990s, which led to eleven years of on-and-off military actions. Maybe that did or didn’t work then, but things are too volatile now. . . . I have never seen a president who makes decisions like this, who does not seem to think out the consequences of his decisions.”

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) better have a heck of an excuse for this one: “Sen. Claire McCaskill is selling the personal plane that has caused her turbulence in recent weeks after POLITICO revealed she used taxpayer money to cover the cost of political travel. . . . In a conference call Monday afternoon, McCaskill revealed that after her own review of the plane’s records, she had not paid personal property taxes on the aircraft over the past four years.” But, hey, she’s sending in a check for $287,273.

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour will need a better image than “a lobbyist who can play the system.” It seems in all his traveling “Barbour and his bodyguards racked up more than $300,000 in out-of-state travel expenses in 2010.” Doesn’t really help with the rap that he’s a fat-cat insider, does it?

President George W. Bush was much better at getting Congress on board, wasn’t he? “President Barack Obama is facing growing anger from lawmakers who believe he overstepped his authority by launching missile strikes into Libya without first seeking the consent of the full Congress. The criticism is from all directions: from moderates, like Sens. Jim Webb (D-Va.) and Dick Lugar (R-Ind.); from those on the far left and right, like Reps. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) and Ron Paul (R-Texas), who believe the president acted outside the Constitution; and from the establishment on both sides, including House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson of Connecticut and Republican Rep. Candice Miller of Michigan, a self-described “hawk.” Ironic that this was the man who excoriated Bush for “shredding the Constitution.”

Pete Wehner is getting the better of the debate on whether George W. Bush was a conservative. In rebutting the assertion that “claim that “Bush’s record, at best, is marginally conservative, and depending on the issue, worse, ” Pete writes: “This assertion, echoed in his second response, is belied by the facts. The best way to illustrate this, I think, isn’t to judge Bush against an abstract standard of fidelity to conservatism but to compare Bush’s record on a range of issue to the great champion of conservatism, Ronald Reagan, who, like every president, had to govern in less than ideal conditions, with cross-cutting pressures, often having to make difficult decisions based on lots of uncertainties.” Read the whole thing.

Obama had better turn this around by 2012 or he’ll join the list of one-termers: A stunning 60 percent of respondents in the latest CNN/Opinion Research poll disapprove of his handling of the economy, and 58 percent disagree with his handling of health care. And these are just “Americans,” not even registered voters or likely voters (who would skew more conservative).

Obama surely can do better than this, can’t he? “Rules of engagement are murky in Libya air war.”

By  |  07:45 AM ET, 03/22/2011

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