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Right Turn
Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 11/30/2011

Morning Bits

Three of the House’s best human rights advocates — Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), and his brother, former congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) — endorse Mitt Romney. And they are pretty popular in Florida, too.

Even the best conspiracy theories can’t save him. “[Herman]Cain found himself conspicuously without allies in the hours after news of the alleged affair broke, as conservatives who once derided reports on his misconduct as a smear campaign began to turn their backs on the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO. Suddenly, a candidate who once looked like he might turn a scandal to his advantage is being deposited on the political ash heap even before the first primary votes are cast.”

Plainly, the best outcome would be regime change. “Student protesters loyal to the Iranian government stormed the British Embassy in Tehran and its residential compound on Tuesday, in a coordinated attack that underscored the volatile and unpredictable nature of Iran’s politics both at home and abroad. The raid, which Britain said caused significant damage to its property, was the most serious security breach of a diplomatic site in Iran since the takeover of the U.S. embassy in 1979.”

C’mon. This is silly. The best way for her to move up is to poach Newt Gingrich’s voters. “Michele Bachmann abruptly canceled scheduled events in Iowa on Tuesday to do nine conservative and Christian radio programs. Her No. 1 topic? Newt Gingrich’s soft stance on immigration. Which candidate does this most help? Mitt Romney.”

The best part of George W. Bush’s legacy? Consensus on the war against jihadists is not a criminal justice enterprise. “The Senate rejected an amendment on Tuesday that would have removed a provision from the pending Defense spending bill to toughen U.S. policy towards suspected terrorists captured on the battlefield or on the home front. The amendment, defeated 37-61, would have struck a section of the spending bill that authorizes the president to use “all necessary and appropriate force” to detain people suspected of terrorism and instead would have implemented a timeline to allow further hearings and opportunities for the military to make recommendations on how detainee policy ought to change.” More than a dozen Dems voted no.

It would be the best debate of the season. (But Quin Hillyer is certainly not a “nobody.”) Hillyer writes: “Republicans/conservatives considering voting for Gingrich are showing a massive case of collective amnesia or, worse, a massive procilivity to (political) suicide that is so strong that they may as well OD on pills, stand at the top edge of a 1,000-foot building, and fire a gun at themselves, just to make sure that if one method of suicide doesn’t work another one will. . . . I myself could hold my own with Gingrich in a debate, with no preparation at all — and I’m a nobody. It’s been easy for him to shine in debates when there are seven other candidates on stage and he was considered such an also-ran that not a single person ever challenged, much less attacked, him until Michele Bachmann finally started to take him on regarding immigration.”

What’s the latest reason to question Gingrich’s conservative bona fides? A video of Gingrich defending the individual mandate. Hard to see how he’s the best not-Romney that conservatives can find.

The best description of the Iranian regime comes from Elliott Abrams. “These are thugs, whatever their religious titles.” Seeing that the administration isn’t taking up the suggestion of French President Nicholas Sarkozy “to immediately freeze the assets of the Iranian central bank [and] stop purchases of Iranian oil,” Abrams worries: “Cynics (I am one) will wonder if the administration just doesn’t want any trouble with Iran in an upcoming election year.”

By  |  07:45 AM ET, 11/30/2011

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