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Right Turn
Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 02/06/2012

Morning Bits

President Obama throws the Catholic Church under the bus and it may cost him. “He tried to win the Catholic vote, and Obama won the Catholic vote last time. But at the moment, although he still has a lead before this whole controversy that was mentioned broke out, now the idea is that he’s going to lose the white Catholic vote. And what’s in danger here is the Hispanic Catholic vote. That’s the critical thing here. If you can get Hispanic Catholics who are very sensitive to the Church and to church orthodoxy to shift from Obama to the Republican column, that would be a huge victory for Republicans.”

David Brooks throws Obama under the bus (on the same topic).“When you have the government saying one size fits all . . . you are going to do it our way, or not, well, then that insults a lot of people . . . And so I think this is having resonance across the country. It was — statements were issued in a lot of masses, a lot of pulpits this past Sunday. And, you know, I think it’s going to have a significant lingering effect for a long time.”

Dick Armey throws Newt Gingrich under the bus. “I feel bad for him. I think he’s digressed, taking a second-rate campaign into a first-rate vendetta.”

It’s about time we throw Egypt’s military government under the bus. “The Egyptian government intends to prosecute at least 40 people, including some U.S. citizens, as part of an investigation into nongovernmental organizations that receive foreign funding, state media reported Sunday. The announcement came a day after Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned the Egyptian Foreign Ministry that failure to quickly resolve the probe could jeopardize the more than $1.3 billion Egypt expects to get this year in U.S. aid.”

Isn’t it premature to throw Rick Santorum under the bus? “George Will: Mitt Romney Is ‘Inevitable Nominee,’ GOP Race Is ‘Over.’”

Is this the election that the GOP electorate throws the Tea Party under the bus? “The Romney campaign has already begun boasting that their candidate won a plurality of Tea Party voters in Nevada, according to entrance polls. But the real story here is that the conservative movement has all but collapsed — devoid of influence, enthusiasm, and direction.” Caveat: We shouldn’t underestimate how much the Tea Party moved the entire party and Romney to the right.

Russia throws “reset” under the bus. Hillary Clinton is left to fume. “US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has described as a ‘travesty’ Russia and China’s veto of a UN resolution condemning Syria’s crackdown against anti-government protesters.” The real travesty was the “reset.”

Christina Romer throws Obama under the bus. “As an economic historian, I appreciate what manufacturing has contributed to the United States. It was the engine of growth that allowed us to win two world wars and provided millions of families with a ticket to the middle class. But public policy needs to go beyond sentiment and history. It should be based on hard evidence of market failures, and reliable data on the proposals’ impact on jobs and income inequality. So far, a persuasive case for a manufacturing policy remains to be made, while that for many other economic policies is well established.” Ouch.

By  |  07:45 AM ET, 02/06/2012

Categories:  2012 campaign, Morning Bits

 
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