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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 09/04/2011

Morning Bits

You know those in President Obama’s base are irate if they are comparing him to George W. Bush. After being “blindsided” by Obama’s about-face on ozone rules, “‘Many MoveOn members are wondering today how they can ever work for President Obama’s reelection, or make the case for him to their neighbors, when he does something like this, after extending the Bush tax cuts for the rich, and giving in to Tea Party demands on the debt deal,’ MoveOn’s executive director, Justin Ruben, said in a statement. ‘This is a decision we’d expect from George W. Bush.’ . . . ‘This has nothing to do with politics, nothing at all,’ one White House official told reporters Friday on a conference call.” Is there anyone who buys that?

You know Obama is out of favor when his TV reviews are bad. “Not only isn’t Obama the gifted TV performer he seemed to be during the 2008 campaign, TV is now one of his worst enemies.My first fuzzy notion of this idea came while I watched Obama address the nation after the debt ceiling compromise with its crackpot, kick-the-can centerpiece of a so-called Supercommittee. Obama had performed pitifully during the crisis, and yet, here he was on TV thinking he could spin the economic embarrassment as ‘Good President Battles Bad Congress’ or ‘Responsible Adult Reins in Mean, Selfish Children.’ But as I looked at the screen, I couldn’t help thinking how diminished Obama looked and how thin his voice sounded. I wondered if there actually was something happening physically with him.”

You know Texas Gov. Rick Perry isn’t comfortable with outsiders when “Team Perry rolled out his team of top advisers for his presidential run — a list that several political-watchers noted is exclusively made up of Perry veterans from Texas, except for his longtime New Hampshire-based strategist Dave Carney. There isn’t a new, or national, name in the mix so far.” Can they win in the big leagues? Stay tuned.

You know it’s a bad time for Democrats when a Republican could very well win former Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner’s New York 9th District. Democratic state assemblyman David Weprin “has been forced to distance himself from the president over Obama’s policies toward Israel.”

You know Iran is getting closer to making nuclear weapons when even the International Atomic Energy Agency is “increasingly concerned about the possible existence in Iran of past or current undisclosed nuclear-related activities involving military-related organizations, including activities related to the development of a nuclear payload for a missile, about which the agency continues to receive new information.”

You know the Big Speech isn’t going to be so big when “aides to President Obama are privately spreading word that he will not present his entire jobs plan in his address to a Joint Session of Congress.”

You know mainstream journalists’ knowledge of religion is nearly nonexistent when this advice is sorely needed: “[I]t’s now common to poke fun at evangelical candidates who talk about ‘being called’ to run for office. But using the phrase doesn’t mean a politician is a megalomanic who believes God literally spoke to her. Evangelicals commonly talk about trying to discern God’s will for their lives and refer to “being called” as having a sense that they’re supposed to do something. It is sometimes just another way of saying you have found a vocation; sometimes it’s more than that. But when, like David Gregory, journalists aggressively push [Michele] Bachmann on whether God actually called her to run, they betray their ignorance.” Read the whole thing.

You know the Boeing case is a loser for the Democrats when the Daily Beast is panicking. “Several Democrats told me voters don’t and won’t care about a technical case at an obscure agency. But Republicans are working hard to make voters care — perhaps one reason President Obama, unable to intervene directly in the workings of an independent agency, has urged Boeing and the union to ‘come to a sensible agreement.’ This wouldn’t be the first time Democrats failed to anticipate or even recognize a political threat and respond in a timely, effective way.”

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Categories:  2012 campaign

 
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