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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 01/06/2012

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Israel finds it hard to cope with both types of religious extremism. “Haredim traverse the city in their own buses, with the men sitting in front and the women sitting in back, lest someone be tempted to look in someone else’s direction and something . . . explosive . . . happen. The effort to avoid the legion snares of secularism and modernity have driven these two groups even further into a primitivism that looks worrisomely interchangeable; like their counterparts on the Palestinian side, young Haredi men are already hurling stones at Israeli soldiers.”

It’s not hard to understand the recess appointments issue. Richard Epstein writes, “The usual view in all cases is that the internal rules of each institution govern its operations, and for the President to say that the Senate is not in session when the Senate says that it is, introduces a set of constitutional confrontations that we would be far better off doing without. . . . One major design feature of separation of powers and checks and balances both is to curb excessive strategic behavior. The right reading on recess appointments avoids the unprincipled game-playing that has been tolerated for far too long.” It’s called contempt for the rule of law.

The left is having a hard time distinguishing between the two. Roger Pilon observes that “it’s plain that the Senate is presently not in recess, just as it wasn’t under Senate Democrats when George W. Bush wanted to make recess appointments. The difference here is that Bush respected those constitutional provisions while Obama — never a constitutional law professor but only a part-time instructor — ignores them as politically inconvenient.”

It’s hard to imagine they won’t run rings around CAP. “Impressed by the effectiveness of the liberal Center for American Progress, a group of conservative journalists and operatives are preparing to engage in their own sincerest form of flattery — launching an advocacy group with a similar name and mission but very different target. Part assault on CAP and part homage, the Center for American Freedom’s goal is to wage a well-funded assault on the Obama White House and the liberal domination of partisan online media.”

It’s hard to think of decimation as “imprint”: “Obama puts imprint on Pentagon.”

It’s hard to believe that there aren’t other religious groups contemplating the same move. “Encouraged by his near-first-place tie in Iowa on Tuesday, CatholicVote.org has endorsed former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum for president today.”

It’s hard for conservatives to disagree with this sentiment. “Mitt Romney on Thursday returned his focus from his fellow Republican presidential candidates to President Obama, blasting the president for being a ‘crony capitalist’ and a ‘job killer.’ . . . Yesterday the president did one more thing, an extraordinary thing, that convinces anybody who will go elsewhere that maybe they ought to go elsewhere. And that is that he said ‘I ought to put more labor stooges on the National Labor Relations Board.’ ”

Other candidates who’ve gone up and down in the polls will find it hard to take back their voters from Rick Santorum. “The Republican presidential candidate, who staged a grass-roots campaign in Iowa while riding shotgun across the state in a pickup truck, is riding a new wave of momentum in the wake of his split victory with Romney, the former Massachusetts governor with far deeper pockets. . . . And voters turned out in droves to hear him speak at the Brentwood [N.H.] nursing home, which was at capacity half an hour before the event began.”

Campaigning is hard when you get a reputation as a raving maniac. Brit Hume’s view is shared by many: “It appears to me that Newt Gingrich at this moment, his judgment about the political situation is clouded by a sort of road rage against Romney and I’m not sure it will get him far.”

Gallup says it is hard to win the nomination if you are behind after New Hampshire. “Since 1976 — the first year in the modern nominating era in which there was a competitive Republican contest — the leader after New Hampshire has ultimately won the nomination.” Wow.

It’s hard to find a politician who works as hard. “Rick Santorum is hosting 17 campaign events in New Hampshire in the three days running up to the Republican presidential debate on Saturday night together with 3 New Hampshire radio interviews and 2 late night Fox News interviews.”

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