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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 10/28/2011

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It’s almost like they are a lawless nuisance. “After weeks of cautiously accepting the teeming round-the-clock protests spawned by Occupy Wall Street, several cities have come to the end of their patience and others appear to be not far behind.”

It’s almost like he’s not fit to be president. “[A] gubernatorial campaign has little television presence other than the ads produced by the candidates, whereas a presidential race plays out hour after hour on cable, with pundit after pundit happy to question Perry’s judgment. And with each misstep, Perry adds to doubts about whether he could hold up in a general election against Obama and the hundreds of millions of dollars that will be spent trying to reelect him. Every candidate veers off script — and sometimes it works — but it’s surprising that Perry’s highly touted advisers allow him to do it so often. Maybe we should ask to see their college transcripts.”

It’s almost like his opponents are taking advantage of his weaknesses. “Rick Santorum was the first among the GOP candidates to thump Rick Perry for telegraphing he may skip some of the fall debates, which we were the first to report on yesterday. ‘I thought Texas governors were supposed to be tough. How can Gov. Perry expect anyone to trust he can take on Obama and the Democratic machine, when he thinks debating his fellow Republicans is too tough?’ said Santorum spokesman Hogan Gidley. ‘This just shows he doesn’t have what it takes to lead the American people in taking back our country in 2012.’”

It’s almost like he’s a rising GOP star. “Marco Rubio on national ticket could be risky bet for Republican Party.”

It’s almost like Hillary Clinton fan James Carville is helping the GOP find the best candidate to take out the president. “On Herman Cain, Carville declared that he ‘is not going to be the Republican nomination for president,’ before calling him a ‘national distraction,’ which might be a welcome one in the middle of this “horrific recession.” But he saved the best/worst for Perry, saying of the one-time belle of the GOP ball ‘The best thing Rick Perry can do for himself and his friends and family is get out of the race and go back to Texas,’ adding, ‘This man is evidently not up to this. He had plenty of chances to do it. He can’t debate. He can’t give a speech. He can’t hold a position paper. He can’t go on television. . . . He’s in over his head.’”

It’s almost like he thinks the media sold the voters a bill of goods in 2008. Mark Halperin, one of the media salesmen for Obama: “If the election were held today, the Obama-Biden ticket would not win the 270 electoral votes required to hold the White House. The coalition that helped elect the President — fired-up liberals, independents, business interests, a friendly media contingent — has been disbanded. Deep-pocketed conservative donors and Republican voters are desperate to depose the man they consider Jimmy Carter redux or worse. Democrats on Capitol Hill privately display nearly as much disdain for the Administration as their GOP counterparts, complaining about both its incompetence and its ideology.”

It’s almost like they think he’s seriously unprepared to be president. “After several days of botching an important issue for evangelicals and cultural conservatives, Cain inexplicably stepped into the abortion rights mess he’s created again on Wednesday — and promptly made things worse. At a campaign stop in Corpus Christi, Texas, Cain said that he is ‘pro-life, no exceptions,’ which contradicted his staff’s explanations over the past several days that the candidate does in fact support the three exceptions embraced by mainstream Republicans: rape, incest and to save the life of the mother. The sorry news for Cain is, it probably won’t matter for the voters for whom abortion rights is a decisive issue. By this stage, his actions have spoken louder than his words. His position has been so muddled and incoherent to date, they probably suspect he hasn’t given the issue serious thought.” Not the only issue about which this can be said.

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