On the debate: “Perry’s key challenge as he goes forward over the next six months is not appearing to be an empty suit. In the last hour of tonight’s debate, he seemed to shrink inside his finely tailored one. The suit wasn’t empty, but it wasn’t hanging comfortably on him, and he’d better fill it better. There are a lot more of these debates to go. . . And a lot more press coverage. And a lot more controversy. And he’s not ready for it yet.”
On the wrong side. “Perry's channeling of Huntsman on Afghanistan was a big surprise tonight .”
On target. “The prospects for President Barack Obama’s $447 billion jobs plan grew dimmer Monday as he unveiled the fine print of how it would be paid for — primarily through tax increases that Republicans said would destroy jobs, not create them.”
On the mark. On Solyndra: “Two months before Obama’s visit, accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP warned that Solyndra, the recipient of $535 million in federal loan guarantees, had financial troubles deep enough to ‘raise substantial doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern.’ The Obama administration stood by Solyndra through the auditor’s warning, the abandonment of a planned initial public offering and a last-ditch refinancing where taxpayers took a back seat to new investors. That unwavering commitment has come under increasing scrutiny since the company’s travails culminated in its filing for bankruptcy protection on Sept. 6 and a raid on its headquarters by the Federal Bureau of Investigation two days later.”
On the money. “U.S. Chamber Releases New Radio Ads on NLRB’s and DOL’s Aggressive Agenda.” Really, isn’t the Boeing case going to be the big issue in South Carolina if the Obama team doesn’t get rid of it before Election Day?
On a roll. Mike Huckabee gets revved up on talk radio. “Perry hurt himself a lot with his Social Security talk and what he said may be technically true, but you go to South Florida or even any part of Florida or even the part where I live in the panhandle where you have a lot of retired people and essentially say that Social Security is a criminal enterprise, that’s problematic . . .Rick likes to come across as the straight-shootin,’ blunt talking guy and that works very well in Texas and it will work very well in what I call the hardcore center of the Republican primary. But when you have to branch out and get to those younger voters and general election voters, I’m not sure how it’s going to play out.” Considering how much he dislikes Romney that’s quite a statement.
On the prowl “Sarah Palin took a hard swipe against her friend Rick Perry in a post-debate TV appearance, calling him out by name for ‘crony capitalism’ for his effort to mandate an HPV vaccine for girls in Texas.” And she complimented Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.). Nope, I have no idea what Palin is up to.
On to something. “It would be ironic indeed if a partition of Jerusalem between Israel and Palestine saw tens of thousands of Palestinians flee ‘their’ new country. (Would UNRWA adopt them as new Palestinian refugees, by the way?) Unable to cast ballots to determine Palestinian policy, they might vote with their feet. One path out of such a mess would be to ask the 300,000 Palestinians who live in nineteen Jerusalem neighborhoods what they want as part of any future peace deal. We might find that many of them, like Israelis, want a united Jerusalem that is part of Israel. The partition of Jerusalem might be shown by such a vote to reflect the demands of Palestinian politicians rather than the majority of actual Palestinians actually living there.”