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Right Turn
Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 06/05/2011

Morning Bits

Bahrain hangs in the balance. “The king, the crown prince and Sheik Khaled should concentrate in the coming weeks on restraining police actions that can poison the atmosphere once again. Given the history of police abuses in the last several months, and the apparent divisions within the royal family over whether to crush the opposition or talk with it, this may be the greatest short-term challenge.”

Congress is not about to hang Israel out to dry. “Congressman Steve Chabot just introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives that calls on America to stop giving money to the United Nations “if the General Assembly adopts a resolution in favor of recognizing a state of Palestine outside of or prior to a final status agreement negotiated between, and acceptable to, the State of Israel and the Palestinians.”

The economy hangs like a cloud over the White House. “It’s fair to say, I think, that the economic trends have to improve substantially if the president hopes to win reelection. And if they don’t, Obama is not only looking at a defeat; he may be looking at Jimmy Carter-like repudiation.”

Obama better not hang his hat on foreign policy prowess. Tim Pawlenty lashes out at the president’s non-leadership on Libya. “The House of Representatives has voted on a resolution questioning President Obama’s leadership on Libya. The fact that this resolution is required is a testament to the president’s failure of leadership on foreign policy. Members of the House from both parties have asked where we are headed in Libya, wondered whether the commander in chief is poised to command troops, asked for information about costs and end game, and been rebuffed. The American people have seen President Obama speak only briefly on the question of NATO operations in Libya. Is it any wonder there are doubts?”

If we hang around long enough, nothing about Obamacare will turn out as promised. “[T]he high-risk pools, which were meant to tide people over until 2013, have signed up just 18,000 people as of March.There were supposed to be millions of people who were uninsurable because of preexisting conditions. We heard lengthy testimony about their terrible plight. I don’t think it’s too strong to say that this fear — that you could get sick and no one would insure you, that’s right, you, Mr. & Mrs. Middle-Class Voter — was one of the main reasons offered for the health-care overhaul.”

This administration really doesn’t have the hang of coining phrases First, it was “recovery summer,” and now it is a “bump in the road.” “You’ve got to hand it to President Obama and his White House economic team. . . . As chief White House economist Austan Goolsbee put it, ‘there are always bumps on the road to recovery, but the overall trajectory of the economy has improved dramatically over the past two years.’ Nice try, but there’s no way to spin news that the economy in May created only 54,000 new jobs, which is about one-third the number necessary to keep up with the growth in the labor force. The jobless rate rose for the second straight month to 9.1%, which is especially depressing nearly two years after the end of a very deep recession.”

Does it sound like she is going to hang it up as a presidential contender? “Sarah Palin: Not being a candidate ‘liberating.’ ”

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