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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 12/28/2011

Morning Bits

It’s almost like opponents only want government rationing. “Premium support is a critical policy initiative, because it would get at the heart of what is wrong in the broader American health system. What is needed more than anything else is higher productivity in the health sector. How can that be brought about? The only answer is through a functioning marketplace in which the key actors have strong incentives to improve the way they do business. That’s exactly what would happen under Wyden-Ryan, as plans would be competing for the business of cost-conscious program enrollees.”

It’s almost like they aren’t interested in peace. “At a ceremony marking the 24th anniversary of the founding of Hamas, Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip Ismail Haniyeh said that Hamas may work for the ‘interim objective of liberation of Gaza, the West Bank, or Jerusalem,’ but that this ‘interim objective’ and ‘reconciliation’ with Fatah will not change Hamas’ long-term ‘strategic’ goal of eliminating all of Israel.”

It’s almost like he has no organizational skills. “Newt Gingrich has predicted for several weeks that he’d regain momentum in Iowa in the last week before the caucuses, with a bus tour taking him to numerous cities around the state. The problem is, the bus tour seems to keep losing stops.”

It’s almost like their expectations are almost always wrong. “Home values declined more than expected.”

It’s almost like he’s completely outside the mainstream. “A former congressional aide to Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) has written a piece slamming the presidential hopeful’s foreign-policy views, calling them ‘pure lunacy’ in an online post on the conservative Web site Rightwingnews.com. . . . [Eric] Dondero writes that Paul does not believe Israel should exist, that the United States should not have gotten involved in World War II, that the government might have known beforehand about the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and that he planned to vote against the war in Afghanistan before changing his mind for political reasons.”

It’s almost like the conservative and mainstream media never recognized Rick Santorum was a serious candidate.

It’s almost like they can never admit error. Peter Feaver writes that “the Obama spin involves a remarkable double twist. Anything favorable that happens in Iraq is due to Obama’s courageous decision to end U.S. involvement. Anything unfavorable that happens cannot be blamed on Obama because he had no choice but to do what he did. I have encountered Obama supporters who flip back and forth between these two lines multiple times in one conversation.”

It’s almost like they think President Obama is irresolute. “Iran issued a blunt warning on Tuesday that it would block the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s most important oil transit point, if Western powers attempt to impose an embargo on Iranian petroleum exports in their campaign to isolate the country over its suspect nuclear energy program.”

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