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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 12/13/2011

Morning Bits

Yikes. Newsweek: “At the risk of getting ahead of ourselves: Barack Obama would make a pretty damn good ex-president.” But would he be “sort of God” still?

Oops. It’s the cover-up that always trips them up. Alana Goodman on the Center for American Progress beat finds anti-Semitic tweets ”scrubbed.” But an apology by the offending blogger is always a good place to start.

Ouch. What a headline. “Newt promises he won’t cheat on Callista as president.” He took one of these super-duper, never-read-the-fine-print pledges. “The GOP frontrunner finally officially responded to The Family Leader executive board’s long-ago invitation to him to sign the pledge. He didn’t actually sign it, but, in a letter, he says that, as president, he would (a) support a federal marriage amendment, (b) ensure no taxpayer dollars go to fund abortions either at home or abroad and (c) fight for conscience protections for healthcare providers … among other things. But the most interesting sentence of Gingrich’s letter comes at the end of the second paragraph. ‘I also pledge to uphold the institution of marriage through personal fidelity to my spouse and respect for the marital bonds of others,’ Gingrich writes. Call me crazy, but I thought marriage vows were supposed to be all the pledge a person needed to make to reassure a potential partner — and any interested onlookers — of fidelity. (That was actually the valid objection Romney made to the pledge in the first place.)”

Sheeesh. “DNC Chair Denies Unemployment Has Gone Up Under Obama.” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) might actually be a worse party chairman than Michael Steele. Really, is this the best the Dems can do?

Egads. “President Barack Obama said Monday that the United States has asked Iran to return a U.S. drone aircraft that Iran claims it recently brought down in Iranian territory. ‘We’ve asked for it back. We’ll see how the Iranians respond,’ Obama said in a news conference, alongside Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.”

Ooof. So much for the fawning over the seminal role of OWS. “Americans’ concerns about the threat of big government continue to dwarf those about big business and big labor, and by an even larger margin now than in March 2009. The 64% of Americans who say big government will be the biggest threat to the country is just one percentage point shy of the record high, while the 26% who say big business is down from the 32% recorded during the recession. Relatively few name big labor as the greatest threat.” It’s almost like it’s a center-right country or something.

Uh oh. Gingrich riles up Fred Barnes who previously had written some nice things about him. “Newt Gingrich has adopted an anti-free market argument — a favorite of the political left — to criticize Mitt Romney. Gingrich accused his rival of making money by “bankrupting companies and laying off employees” in his years at Bain Capital. . . . Whether its investments were successful or not, Bain Capital was engaged in the rough and tumble of free market capitalism. Thus Gingrich’s criticism, coming from a conservative, was surprising.” Well, some would say he’s not all that conservative and certainly not consistently so.

Criminy. “Newt Gingrich’s emergence as the front-runner among the Republican presidential candidates has created a virtual cottage industry around chronicling his flip flops.” Foreign Policy spots six of them (Russia, Libya, global warming, the U.N., Jonathan Pollard and waterboarding.

By  |  07:45 AM ET, 12/13/2011

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