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Right Turn
Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 01/29/2012

Morning Bits

Good for Spencer Ackerman. “Some on the left have recently taken to using the term “Israel Firster” and similar rhetoric to suggest that some conservative American Jewish reporters, pundits, and policymakers are more concerned with the interests of the Jewish state than those of the United States. . . . ‘Israel Firster’ has a nasty anti-Semitic pedigree, one that many Jews will intuitively understand without knowing its specific history.” Read the whole thing and this by Lee Smith.

Good for Mike Huckabee, who delivers yet another slap to Newt Gingrich. “Any use of an out of context quote from the Republican Presidential primary 4 years ago in a political ad to advocate for the election or defeat of another candidate is not authorized, approved, or known in advance by me. I have made it clear that I have not and do not anticipate making an endorsement in the GOP primary, but will support the nominee. My hope is to defeat Barack Obama and win majorities in both the House and Senate, not to attack any of the Presidential candidates who might be our nominee.” (He later demanded that the ad be taken down.) Newt always had knack for infuriating conservatives.

Good grief. Haven’t we heard enough victim talk from both of them? “In an interview with Fox Business Network’s John Stossel . . . Sarah Palin said the establishment is trying to ‘crucify’ Newt Gingrich.”

Good for Michelle Malkin. “So, it turns out that the cool cat billed as ‘No Drama Obama’ by his sycophants is actually quite the drama queen. While the White House publicly pretends to ignore conservative detractors of his administration, Chief Touchy-Touchy seems to be personally consumed by our critiques. Yes, mine included. On Wednesday, the president had himself a mini-‘Toddlers and Tiaras’-style meltdown with Arizona GOP governor Jan Brewer after landing in Phoenix for a post–State of the Union dog-and-pony show. As Brewer told pool reporters on the scene, Obama took umbrage at Brewer’s recent memoir.”

Good for the Florida state GOP. “The Republican Party of Florida [RPOF] is pushing back on reports that Mitt Romney’s campaign stacked the audience at the CNN debate Thursday in Jacksonville with its supporters — a charge the party blames on aides to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. ‘I’m sorry if the Newt campaign feels like they didn’t have their best night, but I can’t allow the RPOF to be the scapegoat for that,’ spokesman Brian Hughes told NBC News by telephone Friday night.” Gingrich may be losing Florida, but he’s “winning” the crybaby sweepstakes.

Good for Reuters to admit it screwed up so badly. “Reuters is still kicking itself over an article about Republican golden boy Senator Marco Rubio that yielded five corrections . . . and may have warranted more. One senior staffer at Reuters described the episode to me as a ‘fiasco,’ another as a ‘disgrace.’ . . . . The piece is now being referred to by various outlets and conservative blogs as a “hit piece” which failed to make the hit. ‘There’s no excuse for being this sloppy,’ the Examiner’s Philip Klein, a former Reuters reporter, wrote. ‘Major misfire by Reuters, on multiple levels.’” So what is Reuters going to do to prevent this from happening again?

Good for Charles Krauthammer. “What is relevant is Gingrich’s repeated the claim: ‘I worked with Ronald Reagan in the ’80s to do x, y, and z, including to bring down the communist empire.’ Well, that is preposterous.” Most of what Newt says falls into that category.

Good for Conn Carroll. “Billionaire tax-hike advocate Warren Buffet is upset that conservatives are demanding to see his tax return, and the tax return of his secretary, after Buffett has turned his own taxes into a national political issue. . . . Buffett is just flat out wrong. His secretary’s supposed 36 percent tax rate is not ‘unusually’ high. It is ridiculously high. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the average effective federal tax rate (including income, payroll, estate, and corporate taxes), is 20.4 percent for the average American. For the top 20 percent of earners it is 25.1 percent. The average effective tax rate for the top one percent of earners, who earn an average $1.9 million a year, is 29 percent. Buffett wants us to believe his secretary pays a higher effective tax rate than the average millionaire? . . . . Buffett and his secretary have both agreed to be part of the spotlight. They both absolutely must release their entire tax returns to back up their outlandish tax claim.”

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