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

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Advice unlikely to be heeded. “Rudy Giuliani, always a critic of his party’s social agenda, urged Republicans to ‘move on’ from social issues after New York State’s recent approval of gay marriage.”

Unlikely to announce much before the Ames straw poll. “ ‘I’m not ready to tell you that I’m ready to announce that I’m in,’ Gov. Rick Perry told The Des Moines Register. ‘But I’m getting more and more comfortable every day that this is what I’ve been called to do. This is what America needs.’ ” He wants any votes collected there to generate a “shocking show of support” headline.

This story is unlikely to go away. “Gov. Rick Perry has been burning up the miles since he won reelection last year. He is on track to have made nearly 50 stops in 21 states by November. . . . All that travel is not cheap. But it is unclear exactly how much it costs. The governor’s airfare, hotel bills and security costs are paid for with a mix of campaign and private and public money. And state laws allow the governor to keep confidential much of the cost of his travels.” You do wonder why all the secrecy.

Congress is unlikely to pay attention to anything the White House has to say on the debt. “House Republican leaders have missed a 36-hour deadline President Obama set during a Thursday meeting for lawmakers to give him a plan to avert a national default. The deadline came and went Saturday morning without a response from House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).” Silly of President Obama to demonstrate his political impotence.

An ongoing debate about the debt is unlikely to help Obama. Bill Kristol: “If you look at the different polls, Gallup, Rasmussen, etc. . . . The president’s approval rating has drifted down over the last two, three, four weeks. I think in the last Gallup . . . he had a higher disapproval than approval. In his match-up against the generic Republican candidate, he loses now by 5 points. I think it was 7, the biggest margin, I think, in the Gallup, which he has been losing. . . . I think it hurts the president, and I don’t think the public thinks we should shy away from that debate.”

Just remember, anything anyone said on the Sunday talk shows is unlikely to have any impact on the outcome of the debt ceiling debate. Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew: “The president made clear he wants the largest deal possible. He wants to do the most we can to reduce the deficit. That would be the right thing to do for the American people.” When these people talk, I hear this.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is unlikely to ignore this theme. “At the National Governors Association meeting here in Salt Lake City, governors in both parties expressed disbelief over a national government that has failed to match in even modest fashion the explosion of policy action this year in the states.”

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