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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 11/06/2011

Morning Bits

In case you were wondering, Rudy Giuliani can still give a speech. “How about you occupy a job? How about working? Working. I know that’s tough.”

In case you were wondering, Newt Gingrich continues to upstage Texas Gov. Rick Perry in Iowa. Perry just isn’t catching on, according to Iowa veteran Craig Robinson:. “No matter how good Perry is in one-on-one situations, he continues to struggle under the lights when he’s on stage. I was shocked at how coolly the crowd seemed to respond to his speech. . . . The only conclusion that I can draw is that while people maybe willing to overlook some blemishes on Perry’s record, the biggest obstacle that he must overcome is convincing voters that he is a competent and intelligent candidate.”

In case you are wondering, Israel is the only country (other than the United States) to receive the Occupy Wall Street treatment. No second thoughts yet from the left blogosphere as violence and mayhem break out around the country.

In case you were wondering, OWS has overstayed its welcome. “A sign that the Occupy Wall Street movement isn’t the best long-term vehicle for Democrats to connect themselves with: A new Quinnipiac poll, showing a plurality of voters viewing the group unfavorably. The poll . . . shows 30 percent of voters surveyed view the movement favorably, 39 percent unfavorably, with an additional 30 percent not hearing enough to have an opinion. It’s one of the first national polls to suggest voters are growing skeptical of Occupy Wall Street — and it comes as police have clashed with protesters in several cities. Previous national polls have shown a plurality of adults supporting the movement.” The leftist blogosphere will be so disappointed.

In case you were wondering ,we spend billions on the United Nations. “Withholding funds from just a few of the 16 agencies the Palestinians want to join could save taxpayers over $1 billion, according to White House figures. And why stop there? Better to speed up the process and defund all of Turtle Bay, where U.S. dollars are burned by the barrel. In fiscal year 2010, the U.S. pumped an unbelievable $7.7 billion into the U.N. and its many agencies, up $1.3 billion — 20 percent — from just a year before, when U.S. funding had already reached a record high.”

In case you were wondering, Bill Clinton once again is planning to make a campaign miserable for President Obama. “In a new book meant as a prescription for the sluggish U.S. economy, former President Clinton says Democrats and President Obama bungled their response to the country’s debt and deficit crisis, leaving the U.S. looking ‘weak and confused.’ ”

In case you were wondering, Vice President Biden may be the most decent person in the administration. “Vice President Biden denounced questions about [Mitt] Romney’s religion, saying it is wrong and unfair to suggest the former Massachusetts governor shouldn’t be president because he is a Mormon. ‘I think it is outrageous,’ Biden said during remarks at the University of Pittsburgh, repeating, ‘I think it is outrageous.’ Biden also said that Romney ‘may very well be our opponent’ in 2012. Citing the prejudice that Catholic candidate John Kennedy faced in 1960, Biden said it’s ‘embarrassing’ that the same kind of issue is arising in 2011. ‘I find it preposterous,’ the vice president said.” I don’t think that Texas Gov. Rick Perry understood the incident was about more than Mormonism.

In case you are wondering, Romney’s fiscal plan was a hit with some previous skeptics.Yuval Levin: “Having long criticized Mitt Romney for being too vague and risk averse in laying out how he would address the country’s major fiscal problems, I have to say that I was very impressed with what he had to say in [Friday’s] speech on spending, and especially with what he had to say about Medicare reform.” Read the whole thing.

In case you were wondering, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) didn’t get the rally-round-Cain memo. She’s running a campaign, not a booster club: “That’s what the real issue is with Herman Cain’s campaign. The fact that he’s switched his positions when he found out that they weren’t acceptable by the people who were voting. That should really give people pause.”

In case you were wondering, Des Moines-based radio host Steve Deace didn’t get it either: “Deace says his major objections to Cain predated the scandal and are based on matters of substance. But there’s no question that, for whatever reason, Cain has become the top target of Deace’s fierce — some would say demagogic — ire. And that could be a big problem for Cain. Because Deace isn’t just any radio talker — he can plausibly claim to be one of the most influential right-wing figures in the Hawkeye State. Four years ago, he played an instrumental role in Mitt Romney’s loss, and Mike Huckabee’s win, in the Iowa caucuses. Now, Deace has his sights trained on Cain.” Obviously, part of the Politico conspiracy to bring down black conservatives.

In case you are wondering, it’s fundraising malpractice to have a conservative foreign policy group feature James A. Baker, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Tom Friedman. Yup, Tom Friedman. They couldn’t pay most conservatives to go to that one.

In case you were wondering, Bill Kristol has given up the search for a heroic Republican candidate. Sometimes you just play the hand that’s dealt: “Franklin Roosevelt did turn out to be a consequential president — because of the nature of the challenges he faced, because the country was ready for fundamental change, because there was a movement behind him (or ahead of him) that was full of ideas and energy, because there were strong representatives of that movement in Congress and in statehouses, and because he rose to the occasion.” You get the point.

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