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Right Turn
Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 12/26/2011

Morning Bits

Actually, it’s not. Newt Gingrich’s campaign director Michael Krull on Gingrich not making the Virginia primary ballot. “Newt and I agreed that the analogy is December 1941: We have experienced an unexpected setback, but we will regroup and refocus.”

This is actually not very Tea Party-like. Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s “state-provided security guards were flying pretty high, too, spending more than $32,000 in taxpayer money for travel and lodging in San Francisco, $4,400 to dine near the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum in Simi Valley, and $6,400 for plane tickets to San Diego, about 160 miles away, records show. . . . [T]he bills for his omnipresent security detail continue, costing taxpayers as much as $400,000 a month. Aside from President Obama, Mr. Perry — the only sitting governor in the 2012 race — has the largest security contingent, and apparently the only one on the Republican side financed by taxpayers.”

Actually, the one constant in the race is Mitt Romney’s standing in New Hampshire. “Newt Gingrich’s surge has slowed and Ron Paul has gained momentum, but Mitt Romney remains the clear front-runner in New Hampshire with a little more than two weeks until the nation’s first primary, according to a new Boston Globe poll.” He has 39 percent of the state’s voters. Further, “Romney was the favorite not only of New Hampshire’s famously fickle independent voters but also of those who identified themselves as supporters of the Tea Party movement — an encouraging sign for a candidate who has had a strained relationship with Tea Party leaders and activists.”

Mike Huckabee thinks Rick Santorum might actually be in the top finishers in Iowa. “Mitt Romney could win the Iowa caucus if the vote splinters among a lot of the conservatives who haven’t yet made up their mind. . . . Rick Santorum, I believe, is being greatly underestimated in this race. I believe he will be the surprise candidate, not necessarily to win it, but to be in the top three or four when people don’t expect him to be.”

George Will says Gingrich actually is behaving like a Democrat. “Newt Gingrich has made a central part of his campaign a frontal assault on the rule of law in the United States, an attack on the courts. He, in doing so, he has aligned himself with two saints of the Democratic Party, Andrew Jackson, in his defiance of John Marshall; and Franklin Roosevelt, in packing the courts.”

The Obama team might actually realize Iraq is coming apart at the seams. “Vice President Joe Biden spoke to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Sunday as concerns grow that recent violence and political turmoil in the country could intensify with the withdrawal of American troops.”

Most everyone realizes the Palestinian-Israeli relationship and the U.S.-Israel relationship both have actually gotten worse under President Obama. The latter may have a lot to do with the former. “Palestinians may cancel agreements signed between the PLO and Israel; Abbas paving way for Hamas and Islamic Jihad to take control over entire W. Bank, says Fatah official after Islamist groups agree to join PLO.”

This is actually the best news we have had about Russia since the Berlin War came down. “Tens of thousands of people fed up with Vladimir Putin’s domination of Russian politics and his perceived arrogance jammed one of Moscow’s broadest avenues for a giant protest, vowing to keep building the pressure until the longtime leader is driven from power.”

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