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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 10/13/2011

Morning Bits

Foolish.“The foiled plot by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States is a slap in the face for the Obama administration, after its efforts to extend the hand of friendship to the brutal regime in Tehran. . . . As it has done with Russia, the Obama presidency has attempted to ‘reset’ relations with Iran. But with both Moscow and Tehran, Washington has failed. Both hostile powers have grown emboldened and aggressive in the face of American weakness, and Iran’s brazen attempt to kill a foreign diplomat in the capital city of the United States showcases the folly of the White House’s softly-softly approach towards the ruling mullahs.”

Flying high. Virginians really like their Gov. Bob McDonnell (R): “McDonnell’s overall 62-22 percent approval rating, meanwhile, remains virtually unchanged from ratings he received in a September Quinnipiac poll. Those numbers are higher than the 55 percent score he received in June.” Christie or McDonnell for VP, do you think?

Flailing. Tuesday night, “two Democratic senators helped block a motion to debate and vote on the president’s jobs bill. That hasn’t stopped Barack Obama from arguing that it was Republicans in the Senate who are solely responsible for holding up his bill’s movement. . The problem for Obama and Reid is that even if [Montana’s Jon] Tester, [Nebraska’s Ben] Nelson, and seven Republican senators had voted to move the debate forward, the jobs bill as written still would not have passed the Senate. Independent Democrat Joe Lieberman of Connecticut said on the Senate floor yesterday that he would not vote for the bill, and Democrat Jim Webb of Virginia indicated he was opposed to the tax increases laid out in the bill.”

Feckless. Attorney General Eric Holder says Iran will be held “accountable” for its attempted assassination of the Saudi ambassador. Other Democrats are a bit more clued in: “The alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States may be an act of war against the U.S., the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said Wednesday. . . .At the least, [Sen. Carl] Levin (D-Mich.) said, the alleged plan was ‘a damn serious threat to the United States.’ He said that either way, there should be a serious response by the U.S., but he declined to say what that response might be.”

Floundering. “One might expect a presidential candidate from Texas to feel quite comfortable in a Dallas County town that shares his last name, but don’t expect to see a boom of ‘Perry for Perry’ signs in Perry, Iowa. . . . ‘If there is one thing that could cost Rick Perry potential support in the caucuses here, it would be’ [his position on immigration], said Jeff Webster, sports editor at the weekly Perry Chief and a conservative Republican.”.

Fickle. “The big question of tonight’s Republican presidential debate was whether Rick Perry, cratering in the polls and facing a party Establishment starting to accept the inevitability of Mitt Romney, would survive. I think he did.” Jonathan Chait is one of the very few in America who thinks so, it seems.

Finally. “The FBI arrested and charged Mohamad Anas Haitham Soueid, 47, a resident of Leesburg, VA, for spying on Syrian-American protesters in the Washington area on behalf of the Syrian government.” It is inexplicable why we allow Syrian thugs to dress up as diplomats in this country.

Fast and furious will be the investigation. “Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) subpoenaed Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday for documents related to the Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation. Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, contends Holder knew more about the botched operation than he has told Congress. His subpoenas are directed to Holder and other senior officials at the Department of Justice.”

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