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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 10/05/2011

Morning Bits

Where’s Patrick Fiztgerald when you need him?

Where’s the good news for Texas Gov. Rick Perry these days? “Rick Perry’s image is suffering, with his Positive Intensity Score among Republicans familiar with him down to 15, and below 20 for the first time.”

Where’s the outrage at the obstructionism? “In a lively spat on the Senate floor Tuesday, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) attempted [to] call up President Obama’s jobs plan for an immediate vote in the upper chamber. However, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who supports the legislation, blocked the vote.”

Where’s the liberal hue and cry about corruption in the administration of justice? “Twice in 2010, Attorney General Eric Holder received memos referencing the Fast and Furious program, memos that seemingly undermine the letter of his May 3, 2010 testimony that he heard about the Fast and Furious program over the previous few weeks. Justice Department officials acknowledge that the memos to Holder reference Fast and Furious as an operation – but they argue the memos do not include details about tactics that allowed guns to cross the border. They say Holder understood the May 2011 question to Holder from Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., to have been about when the attorney general learned about the controversial tactics, not about the existence of the program.” I’d suggest Holder lawyer up.

Where’s the civility police when you need them? Two reporters now relate the hollering routine of Tracy Schmaler, top spokesman at the Eric Holder (in)Justice Department.

Where’s the left’s Tea Party? Rich Lowry says this isn’t it; “Occupy Wall Street is not a real answer. It is both more self-involved and more ambitious than the Tea Party. It represents an ill-defined, free-floating radicalism. Its fuzzy endpoint is a “revolution” no one can precisely describe, but the thrust of which is overturning our system of capitalism as we know it. If elected Democrats dare associate their sagging party with this project, they need immediately to consult their nearest psychiatrist and political consultant, in that order. Occupy Wall Street is toxic and pathetic, the perfect distillation of an American Left in extremis.”

Where’s the voice of reason in D.C.? “President Obama is indulging Congress’s protectionist elements as the price of moving three delayed free-trade agreements. Speaker John Boehner showed better judgment when he denounced such tactical domestic politics as ‘dangerous’ on Monday night. Mr. Boehner’s comments came after the Senate cleared with a 79-19 procedural vote a bill that would impose tariffs on China for supposed currency manipulation. Mr. Boehner was left to fill the Presidential vacuum, saying that ‘It’s pretty dangerous to be moving legislation through the United States Congress forcing someone to deal with the value of their currency.’ He added that ‘This is well beyond what Congress ought to be doing,’ and he hinted that he wouldn’t bring the bill to the House floor.”

Where’s the diplomatic bonanza we’re supposed to have gotten from Russian reset and engagement with China ? “U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said Washington was outraged that the Security Council on Tuesday failed to approve a resolution condemning Syria and hinting that it could face sanctions. She told the 15-nation body after Russia and China vetoed a European-drafted resolution on Syria that it was time for the Security Council to adopt ‘tough targeted sanctions’ on Damascus for its crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators.”

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