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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 11/29/2011

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Here we go again. “An Atlanta businesswoman claims she had a 13-year extramarital affair with Herman Cain. ‘It was pretty simple. It wasn’t complicated. I was aware that he was married and I was also aware I was involved in a very inappropriate situation, relationship,’ Ginger White told Atlanta’s Fox 5 News. Cain said that while he was familiar with the woman, they did not have a sexual relationship. Cain’s lawyer didn’t directly deny White’s story.” This time, however, most people no longer care about Cain.

Here we go again. Samuel Tadros on the Egyptian elections. “The real battle is not going to be between the Islamists and the imagined liberals. The struggle in most Egyptian governates will be between the Muslim Brotherhood’s Democratic Alliance and the more radical Salafist Islamic Alliance.”

Here we go again. Trying to figure out why the conservative media fawn over the undeserving and ignore quality. “Rick Santorum Gives Us a Boost: He hasn’t gotten a poll bump, but we benefit from his presence in the campaign.” Read the whole piece by Kathryn Jean Lopez.

Here we go again. “Path narrows for Obama” is becoming an evergreen story. “Obama’s team is focusing on winning Virginia, North Carolina, Nevada, Colorado (and Michigan/Wisconsin in the Democratic-leaning column) as its most logical pathway to 270 electoral votes. It means that, despite the spin they’re focused at winning every state, they feel that their best chance of securing 270 electoral votes is through the upscale, white-collar coalition that propelled Obama to victory in 2008 . . . It also means Obama’s pathway to victory is awfully narrow. Under this map, Obama could win with 270 electoral votes, to the Republican’s 268. And it would include carrying North Carolina, the home of the Democratic convention next year, which Obama only won by 14,000 votes in 2008.” It also means the entire uber-partisan strategy has been a mistake.

Here we go again. “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Monday he plans to move a massive omnibus spending bill in December, a strategy that is sure to fire up opposition from Tea Party conservatives.” They tried this in December 2010. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) wouldn’t let it happen last time; you can bet Reid’s going to get the same treatment this time around.

Here we go again. “Payroll Tax Cut Will Top Political Theater.” Here’s an idea: Rather than show votes, why doesn’t the Senate produce a budget?

Here we go again. Another day of the Obama vs. Romney ad wars. (Did you miss the primary season? Me too.) James Taranto has the best explanation for why the White House’s tantrum isn’t justified. “If you watched the ad carefully, that statement would leave you scratching your head. It begins with a title sequence that declares: ‘On October 16, 2008, Barack Obama visited New Hampshire.’ A series of clips from the 2008 New Hampshire speech is played, ending with the one quoted above. But why would Obama say, ‘If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose,’ in 2008? At the time, exactly the opposite was true. . . . The critics’ complaint appears to be that if you don’t watch the Romney ad closely, you would think Obama was speaking today in the first person. If he were, he would be as politically inept, or as intent on sabotaging his own campaign, as was the McCain staffer he was not quite accurately quoting.”

Here we go again. Jake Tapper calling the White House out for the umpteenth time. “ABC News’ Jake Tapper confronts White House press secretary Jay Carney over President Obama’s schedule which has included a lot of traveling. Citing a Wall Street Journal article about the number of times President Obama has traveled to swing-states, Tapper bluntly asks Carney if Obama is ‘campaigning on taxpayer dime.’ ‘“President Obama seems to travel to battleground states more so than any other president before him. Am I’m wondering if you could respond to this. It looks like the president is campaigning on the taxpayer dime more than any other president has done,’ Tapper said at today’s White House briefing.” Nothing of the kind, says the White House! Now back to the Romney attacks.

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