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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 05/18/2011

Morning Bits

No surprise here. “[South Carolina Gov. Nikki] Haley, whose promise to endorse a presidential candidate has made her a key power broker in the Republican primary fight, joined in the chorus Tuesday and said she ‘is terribly disappointed’ in Gingrich. ‘What he said was absolutely unfortunate,’ Haley told CNN in a phone interview. ‘Here you’ve got Representative Ryan trying to bring common sense to this world of insanity, and Newt absolutely cut him off at the knees.When you have a conservative fighting for real change, the last thing we need is a presidential candidate cutting him off at the knees,’ she added.”

Not a real shocker, considering his utter lack of self-control. “In 2005 and 2006, the former House speaker turned presidential candidate carried as much as $500,000 in debt to the premier jewelry company, according to financial disclosures filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives.” Was it for a wife or a girlfriend?

Predictable, given his shaky reelection prospects. “Sen. Ben Nelson said Tuesday that he will not support tax increases in any budget proposal — a stance that could make Senate Democrats’ chances for reaching agreement on the issue even more difficult.”

Inevitable, given the talk show hosts’ and pundits’ respect and affection for Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). “In the wake of his highly critical comments about the House GOP budget, and in particular the Medicare reform it proposes, Newt Gingrich has been pounded by the likes of Charles Krauthammer (see here), Rush Limbaugh (see here), Bill Bennett (see here), Brit Hume (see here), and the Wall Street Journal editorial page (see here), among many others. And this interesting exchange took place yesterday with a voter in Iowa, who advised Gingrich to ‘Get out now before you make a bigger fool of yourself.’”

You could see this one coming. “Gang of Six at ‘impasse’ as Tom Coburn drops out.”

Obviously. “U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Tuesday that it was important that the International Monetary Fund establish a leadership plan given that its boss was currently ‘not in the position’ to run the institution.”

Can’t be stunned that Gingrich only apologizes after his candidacy is imperiled, or that he doubles down. “In a sign that Gingrich plans no retreat, Tyler added: ‘Newt Gingrich has a record of achievement on large-scale, historic change. When he offers advice on Medicare reform, I’d listen to him. And part of that advice is: You need a political plan to go along with your policy plan, so that you can convince the country that where you want to take them is where they want to go.’ ”Actually, he was a good ideas guy once upon a time, but never good at execution.

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