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Right Turn
Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 07/25/2011

Morning Bits

Jeff Jacoby points out the holes in the Michele Bachmann migraine story. “All very melodramatic. But a few things were missing from [the Daily Caller’s] account. Like the nature of all those ‘pills’ that Bachmann supposedly takes — addictive narcotics, or something more innocuous? And the identity of any of the unnamed ‘former aides’ whose allegations the story recycles — which candidates, if any, are they working for now? Missing too was any evidence that a migraine condition is incompatible with the pressures of the presidency or any other high-powered position. That’s because no such evidence exists.”

The missing names (Rick Perry, Sarah Palin) on the Ames straw poll ballot seem to favor Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann. Read the Des Moines Register’s smart take.

Absent outrage. It’s only about 2012, you see. “U.S. Rep. David Wu spoke briefly to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi by telephone Saturday after Pelosi’s meeting at the White House to discuss the federal debt ceiling. . . . [I]t came one day after reports that Wu was involved in unwanted sexual contact with a young woman last Thanksgiving.The report has triggered concerns among some Democrats that Wu’s behavior could cause political difficulties in the 2012 campaign.” Yeah, kind of a bummer when the sex scandals pile up.

The real Sen. Tom Coburn, who seemed MIA for a few days, is back to talking sense. “[H]e said on Sunday that President Barack Obama will ultimately have to step back from his threat to veto any debt limit increase that isn’t big enough to last through the 2012 elections. ‘That’s a ridiculous position because that’s what he’s going to get presented with,’ Coburn said on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press.’ ‘That’s the . . . way through that’s going to build a compromise.’”

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner hides the ball. “Despite persistent questioning from Chris Wallace, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner refused to acknowledge what his plans were just in case the debt ceiling is not raised before August 2nd.”

The gap between the Obama administration’s generic rhetoric on human rights and its approach to specific situations is glaring. “President Obama won’t take meaningful action to speed the fall of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. But that doesn’t mean his secretary of state should profane the situation with Orwellian distortions and contradicting demands. Alas, that’s what Hillary Clinton’s been doing. And it just makes matters worse. For example, after Damascus allowed a street mob to attack the US embassy this month, Clinton declared that Assad had ‘lost legitimacy.’ But wait a minute: When, exactly, did he acquire legitimacy? He’s a dictator, plain and simple, ‘elected’ in a 2007 ‘landslide’ in which he was the only candidate.”

The only thing Obama lacks is an economic record he can run on. “The U.S. economy probably expanded in the second quarter at the slowest pace in a year as higher fuel costs crimped consumer spending and supply disruptions limited production, economists said . . . .”

By  |  07:45 AM ET, 07/25/2011

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