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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 10/03/2011

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Not impossible: “[Mike] Huckabee beat [Mitt] Romney in the 2008 caucuses there, but it’s not unfathomable that he would support the former Massachusetts governor this time around. In the interview, he appeared to be laying the groundwork for such a decision, which would mark a sharp turnaround.”

Not happening.“[Former vice president Dick] Cheney: Obama owes apology for security criticism of Bush administration.”

Not any different than Republicans on gay marriage, says Liz Cheney, of Obama’s position on gay marriage. “Liz Cheney, co-founder of the national security advocacy group Keep America Safe, panned the president’s speech to a gay rights advocacy group, claiming there was little daylight between his positions on gay equality and those of many GOP presidential hopefuls. . . . ‘His position on these issues hasn’t been that different from where many of the Republican candidates are. He hasn’t come out and advocated gay marriage, for example. I think this was sort of one more example where he’s trying to have it both ways,’ she said.” (Actually until late July, Texas Gov. Rick Perry very vocally defended states’ right to approve gay marriage.)

Not a moment too soon for Mitt Romney. The sooner the better for the New Hampshire primary poll leader. “Suddenly, there are only about 100 days left before New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary. That’s about 35 fewer days than had been anticipated a week ago. Although the compressed time frame makes a big difference in how the presidential candidates and their campaign operatives intend to approach getting your vote, campaign strategists say the change comes as no surprise.”

Not to be forgotten, Rick Santorum shows show momentum in Iowa, according to the Des Moines Register: “Strong debate performances in which he’s challenged other candidates and taken strong positions on foreign policy and social issues have brought more attention from the national media, and it’s been suggested that dissatisfaction with similarly conservative candidates Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry could buoy his chances.” But he, too, concedes the new primary schedule will hurt him.

Not the least of his assets: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s wife, Mary Pat. “She’s got that devoted-mom thing down cold. With four kids, ages 8 to 18, Mary Pat Christie would be able to talk the mom-talk out on the trail, no problem. . . . Better still, on top of wrangling four kids and executing her first-lady-of-Jersey duties, Mary Pat has her own career. A managing director in the bond department of financial-services firm Cantor Fitzgerald, she can sympathize with the work/home juggling act so many modern mothers grapple with. At this same time she technically works only part time, meaning she can also score points with more traditional voters for choosing a reduced schedule in order to be more available for her kids. From a political standpoint, it’s genius.”

Not excited. “The Obama campaign, which has prided itself on robust engagement of its grass-roots supporters, appears to have stumbled in an effort meant to enlist at least 20,000 small donors by the end of September.”

Not “sort of God.” Not even a good pol. “For a success, Barack Obama is a very bad politician, the worst politician to win the presidency by an electoral landslide, to never lose a major election or to rise to the presidency from a state legislature in little more than four years. He has gone from sterling campaigner to put-upon leader; from the new FDR to the next Jimmy Carter; from being the orator who could hold millions spellbound to the man who moves no one at all. The man who promised everything is delivering nothing. Journalists who wept when he won the election now grind their teeth in despair. Maureen Dowd admits he isn’t the one for whom even he had been waiting. The gap between sizzle and steak never seemed so large or alarming, and inquiring minds want to know what went wrong.” (Short answer: He was overrated.) Read the whole thing.

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