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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 10/02/2011

Morning Bits

Why do so many think President Obama is out of touch? He believes Americans have “gone a little soft,” but he has full confidence in Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

Why Obama is in deep trouble: If he can’t win Rust Belt states, how does he expect to win “Southern and Rocky Mountain states he won in 2008, and some he did not.”

Why Mitt Romney or Gov. Chris Christie as the GOP nominee could turn the electoral map very red? An example: “Connecticut isn’t a place that would go on anybody’s list of swing states, but Barack Obama is in a statistical tie with Mitt Romney there, leading only 47-45.”

Why are they making this so complicated? The administration “has refused to reveal its exact legal analysis for targeting . . . [Anwar al-Awlaki] and last year invoked the state-secrets privilege to argue successfully that a lawsuit brought in U.S. District Court by . . . [Awlaki’s]father should be dismissed.” We’re at war, and Awlaki is on the other side.

Why are Republicans smiling? “Americans see the Republican Party as better able than the Democratic Party to protect the country from terrorism and military threats, and to keep the country prosperous over the next few years.”

Why would the administration want a decision on Obamacare from the Supreme Court before the 2012 election? Mickey Kaus has it right: “[Obama] could easily have figured that if he’s going to lose the case, he might as well do it when a loss would remove a thorn in the electorate’s side.”

Why Obama must be grouchy. Democrats don’t like his jobs bill, making “blame the GOP” a losing message for 2012. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the Senate will “get to that” later.

Why in the world would Mike Huckabee run for president? After all, he’s rich and he enjoys a good life. And besides, he wouldn’t want to be shackled to the job of leader of the Free World.

By  |  07:45 AM ET, 10/02/2011

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