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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 11/17/2011

Morning Bits

Joe Klein or Ann Coulter? “Gingrich was supporting — the best guess was that Gingrich was hired to win some Republican support for Freddie — the very sort of program that he routinely excoriates. This sort of hypocrisy is astounding but, sadly, not unknown to Newt.”

Herman Cain or Texas Gov. Rick Perry? “I’m not supposed to know anything about foreign policy. Just thought I’d throw that out.”

Speaker of the House or Blue Dog Democrat? “We were advancing a balanced-budget amendment when balanced-budget amendments weren’t cool.”

Rep. Michele Bachmann(R-Minn.) or Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)? “Fannie and Freddie, as you know, have been the epicenter of the financial meltdown in this country. . . . And whether former Speaker Gingrich made $300,000 or whether he made $2 million, the point is that he took money to influence senior Republicans to be favorable toward Fannie and Freddie. While he was taking that money I was fighting against Fannie and Freddie. And I believe that Fannie and Freddie should be allowed to go into receivership and have an orderly winding down.. . . And so I’m standing up for the little guy in the United States and I believe that Fannie and Freddie need to be shut down. And so I wasn’t shilling for them, I was fighting them.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) or Mitt Romney? “Would it be a political problem for President Obama to announce this year that we’re gonna keep 15,000 people in Iraq past 2012? Did that ever get considered in this administration? Did anybody ever talk about the numbers changing because the Democratic base would be upset if the President broke his campaign promise? Did that ever?”

The Anti-Defamation League or the Emergency Committee for Israel? “The anti-Israel left is engaged in a coordinated effort to unite their cause with the Occupy Wall Street (‘OWS’) protests taking place in hundreds of cities around the country. In recent weeks, anti-Israel signs have been spotted at OWS protests and several anti-Israel groups have begun to organize campaigns using the language of OWS in an attempt to exploit the enthusiasm of the movement and channel it for their cause.”

Supercommittee member Rep. Jeb Hensarling or member Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.):“I’m still waiting for a new offer to be put on the table. . . . Should that offer come, I am more than happy to negotiate around that offer.”

Marc Ambinder or Stephen Hayes? “It might be the Democrats’ nightmare. If the super committee fails to come up with a way to cut $1.2 trillion from the deficit, Republicans are all but promising to do everything they can to reverse or mitigate the cuts to national security spending that would be required by the sequester mechanism. And enough Democrats, to save face, might have to go along.”

Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich? In the latest Fox News poll, he trumps the other 38 to 17 percent in most likely to beat the president in a general election matchup.

By  |  07:45 AM ET, 11/17/2011

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