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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 09/05/2011

Morning Bits

Maureen Dowd has had it. “Republicans who are worried about being political props have a point. The president is using the power of the incumbency and a sacred occasion for a political speech. Obama is still suffering from the Speech Illusion, the idea that he can come down from the mountain, read from a Teleprompter, cast a magic spell with his words and climb back up the mountain, while we scurry around and do what he proclaimed. The days of spinning illusions in a Greek temple in a football stadium are done. The One is dancing on the edge of one term.” Ouch.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry better watch it. “Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his family have made presidential campaign trips aboard a jet owned by a wealthy contributor who is under investigation for possible securities fraud by Texas regulators and the Securities and Exchange Commission.”

Chris Wallace of “Fox News Sunday” doesn’t let the panel sidestep it. When Republican adviser Ed Gillespie brings up “crony capitalism,” Wallace asks: “That’s a criticism that’s been leveled at Rick Perry, too, that he did that in Texas. And, in fact, there’s a story in one of the papers today shows all of his big contributors and what they got.” The Post would be the one he had in mind.

Ron Brownstein overstates it. “Worst Decade Ever?” Maybe just the worst president in a very long time.

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) doesn’t sugarcoat it. The congressman says that “if the 2012 presidential election was held today, President Barack Obama wouldn’t win Virginia, a state he carried in 2008.” What is remarkable is that he says so publicly.

The New York Post editorial board nails it: “Seems a $20 million weatherization grant for the city of Seattle — announced last year by Vice President Joe Biden at the White House — that was supposed to create 2,000 “living wage” jobs and retrofit 2,000 homes has been a similar bust. . . .That’s $6.66 million per house — a great boondoggle if you can pull it off. Then again, the Obama administration’s entire green-jobs initiative has been a massive boondoggle. As the New York Times reported last month, Obama’s grand plan to create 5 million green jobs over 10 years has turned into an enormous ‘pipe dream.’ ”

These reporters don’t get it. “The Obama White House is grappling with an unusual reality as next year’s election looms: the signature domestic achievement of the president’s first term seems, at best, as much of a liability as an asset.” Umm. Unusual? It’s generally been a liability for Obama and a rallying point for conservatives from the get-go.

Perry’s advisers tell him to cool it. “His advisers are working with him on softening his language to avoid statements like the one that gained attention last month when he suggested the chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, would get ‘ugly’ treatment if he visited Texas. His aides, an all-Texas team, had grown accustomed to such comments over the last decade and were taken aback by the criticism, but are now instructing him to avoid questions that could provoke a pointed response or to deflect situations with humor.” It isn’t exactly a sign of loyalty, however, when aide let it be known how they are cleaning up their candidate.

By  |  07:45 AM ET, 09/05/2011

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