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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 06/07/2011

Morning Bits

Save time: The entire Anthony Weiner presser in one graph.

Save the media sanctimony — Andrew Breitbart laps the MSM once again. “Breitbart Hijacks Weiner’s Press Conference.” And of course had the story right all along. (This is a line for the ages: “I apologize to Andrew Breitbart.)

Save for Breitbart, the person happiest about the Weiner debacle must be the guy on vacation in Greece and Turkey.

Save the George W. Bush analogies, Mr. Beinart. Obama’s economic record in 2011 is a heck of a lot worse than Bush 43’s. “Unemployment wasn’t particularly high when Bush sought reelection in 2004, but Americans were in a sour mood nonetheless. Throughout the summer and fall of 2004, a clear majority of Americans said the country was on the wrong track.” So naturally, Obama will win in 2012. Beinart apparently knows less about U.S. politics than he does about Israel’s.

Even James Carville knows unless Obama starts to “save” some more jobs, he’s headed for a single term. “If 54,000 new jobs is the new standard, it’s going to be a very, very rough 2012 for President Obama. I can’t tell you what’s going to happen, but if this last jobs number is an indication of future jobs numbers, it’s going to be very, very rough.”

The butcher of Damascus tries to save himself. “Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has for the second time in three weeks desperately sought to distract world attention from his ongoing massacre of pro-democracy activists in Syria. This weekend, Assad’s regime encouraged — and reportedly paid — Syrian farmers and pro-Palestinian activists to storm the demilitarized zone along the Golan Heights border and illegally enter Israel. According to the Reform Party of Syria, ‘Information received [indicates] the regime has paid hundreds of these farmers $1,000 each to show-up and $10,000 to their families should any of them succumb to Israeli fire. In Syria, an average salary is about $200 a month and to these impoverished farmers, such a one-time sum can keep them economically afloat for six months.’ ”

If Egypt is going to save itself from chaos it better pursue economic reform. Elliott Abrams writes, “The vast majority say they supported the protests that overthrew President Mubarak for economic reasons: poor living standards and lack of jobs. Just under 20% said they backed the protests due to a lack of democracy. The danger here is real, for the coming year or two is very unlikely to show much of an improvement in the economy. Tourism and foreign investment are way down, and will stay there until the political situation stabilizes. The amounts being offered in aid to Egypt by the IMF and World Bank, the EU, United States, and Saudi Arabia, are in the billions — but Egypt is a country of 80 million and it will run through those amounts in months. ”

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is not about to go out on the campaign trail unprepared. So save the Sarah Palin analogies: “[Ed] Rollins will run a campaign that already has a number of experienced advisors on board, including Brett O’Donnell, who advised George W. Bush and John McCain and is considered the best debate coach in politics. Bachmann also has brought on Bob Heckman, who is prominent in the conservative movement.”

By  |  07:45 AM ET, 06/07/2011

Categories:  2012 campaign, Morning Bits

 
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