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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 11/01/2011

Morning Bits

Herman Cain’s behavior is largely incomprehensible. “If you are running for president of the United States and have a sexual-harassment complaint or two in your background — no matter how specious — what possible excuse can you have for not knowing how those complaints were resolved, well before you announce that you are running for president? Especially if the resolution reflected well on you? How can you possibly justify your not being in command of basic facts about your own career — the career that is the centerpiece of your campaign?”

Cain’s story and that of the woman who allegedly investigated the claim of sexual harassment are inconsistent. “Herman Cain said in his speech today that the National Restaurant Association’s general counsel and the human resources department conducted an investigation into allegations about his conduct in the late-90s. But the head of the association’s human resources department at the time said in an interview with POLITICO last week that she was unfamiliar with any complaints from female employees about Cain.”

The most underreported story in the Middle East is the suffering inflicted on Christians in Arab lands. “So while Christians are thriving in Israel they are under intense pressure in many neighboring Muslim countries. Europeans, and American enemies of Israel like the famous professors Walt and Mearsheimer, most often attribute American support for Israel to the ‘Jewish lobby.’ But American Christians know more about the Middle East than these supposedly sophisticated critics, and are aware of the fate of their coreligionists. They see Christianity free to grow in Israel, and faced with violence and suppression nearby. They see Christians free to worship in Israel but fleeing all too many Arab lands. There’s no need for complicated political science analyses here, much less bigotry: those seeking to understand why American Christians overwhelmingly support Israel should study the treatment and the fate of Christianity in the Middle East.”

Stephen Hayes reviews Condoleezza Rice’s book, finding much of her thinking indistinguishable from President Obama’s. “Ms. Rice claims her work with North Korea and Iran as triumphs of diplomacy. She argues that negotiating led to new sanctions, which squeezed these repressive regimes. But whatever the effects of these sanctions, the nuclear programs in North Korea and Iran continue apace, and they remain the same threat to American interests. Such efforts can only be counted as successful if the engagement itself was the main objective—and, indeed, she covers the renewed commitment to diplomacy under the heading, ‘Successes on the Proliferation Front.’ ” Thankfully, the Iraq surge “was one of the few arguments in the second term that she lost. It was also one of the most successful policies the president adopted.”

I find it nearly inconceivable that either campaign would risk involvement in this. “The presidential campaigns of Mitt Romney and Rick Perry on Monday flatly denied any involvement in pushing the story of sexual allegations against rival Herman Cain.” The risks are simply too high for either to be caught fanning the flames.

The video of Perry’s giddy speech in New Hampshire is incontrovertibly riveting — because his behavior (first reported at Right Turn on Sunday) was so darn weird.

Incredibly, Perry isn’t leading the pack in his home state. “Gov. Rick Perry is statistically tied with businessman Herman Cain among Republican presidential primary voters in his home state of Texas, with the rest of the GOP candidates well behind the leaders, according to the new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll. Cain got 27 percent to Perry’s 26 percent among Texas registered voters who identify themselves as Republicans.”

James Pethokoukis’s analysis of income inequality rattles the left. Naturally, he is then attacked. He responds: “Sorry, liberal media, income inequality really is way overblown.”

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