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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 10/25/2011

Morning Bits

No, Ambasador Robert Ford wasn’t recalled from Syria. A State Department spokeswoman says: “Let me correct a misimpression in the media. Ambassador Ford has been asked to come home for consultations. He has not been withdrawn; he has not been recalled. He’s been asked to come home for consultations.” And, of course, the Syrian spies masquerading as diplomats in the U.S. remain here.

No, you won’t find a Web site about the island owned jointly by Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s former campaign guru David Carney and his super PAC backer Mike Toomey. “The island -- which The Huffington Post discovered is worth more than $3 million -- is not evidence of any wrongdoing, but is an outsized symbol of the fact that Make Us Great Again, Toomey’s super PAC, is linked quite closely to the Perry campaign. Until recently, it was possible to go online and look at rental listings for Parker Island, the 2.68-acre retreat in the southeast corner of the 69-square-mile lake that rented for $18,000 a week when Toomey and Perry were not using it. But within the last month, that website -- parkerisland.com -- has been taken down and now redirects to the state of New Hampshire’s website.”

No, small business owners don’t like the Obama economy. According to Gallup: “Small-business owners in the United States are most likely to say complying with government regulations (22%) is the most important problem facing them today, followed by consumer confidence in the economy (15%) and lack of consumer demand (12%).”

No, I don’t think Texas Gov. Rick Perry has any idea how nutty he sounds. Dana Milbank has this one right: “After Perry’s birther Parade [magazine interview], strategist Karl Rove lectured his one-time friend Monday in a Fox News appearance. ‘You associate yourself with a nutty view like that and you damage yourself,’ he said. Rove added that the pandering to [Donald]Trump ‘starts to marginalize you in the minds of some of the people whom you need in order to get the election.’Good advice, but Perry won’t follow it. Whether it’s secessionism or birtherism, he seems determined to prove that nothing succeeds like excess.” We’ll see if his new handlers can constrain him.

No, Mitt Romney doesn’t like the 9-9-9 plan either. “It sounds nice, but recognize that middle income Americans under that plan pay more taxes. A lot more taxes.”

No, I really don’t understand how Fisker Cars and Solyndra are different. The Obama team says they are totally different. Totally. “The Obama administration has defended its decision to allow Fisker Automotive to assemble its high concept electric sports sedan, the Karma, in Finland, even though U.S. taxpayers had made a major investment in the car’s development -- saying none of the American money was spent on the car’s overseas assembly . . . The criticism came on the heels of online reports. . . about Fisker Automotive, the recipient of a ‘green energy’ loan in 2010. The reports quoted auto industry experts who said Fisker’s loan invited comparisons to the ill-fated Energy Department loan to Solyndra, because delays and obstacles have hampered progress on the luxury electric car, called the Karma. Solyndra, a solar panel manufacturer that received $535 million in taxpayer support, declared bankruptcy earlier this year.”

No, the Nevada caucus doesn’t seem to be competitive. “In the Magellan Strategies survey of 673 Nevada Republican voters, Romeny held a 12-point lead over former pizza company executive Herman Cain, 38 percent to 26 percent. Former U.S. Rep. Newt Gingrich came in third with 16 percent, followed by U.S. Rep. Ron Paul with 7 percent. Perry came in fifth with just 5 percent, followed by U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann with 2 percent and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman each with 1 percent.”

No, I don’t think you can win with no organization in early primary states. “Well-connected GOP operatives in New Hampshire, Florida and South Carolina say they see little or no evidence of Cain’s campaign in those key early primary states, and some are even unable to name who is leading his localized efforts just a little more than two months before voters are expected to cast the first ballots.”

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