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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 02/09/2012

Morning Bits

Who is going to tell Newt Gingrich (who said he’d be competitive by the time of this contest)? “A few weeks ago, everyone involved in Texas’ redistricting fight praised the idea of keeping all the state’s primaries on a single election day in early April. On Monday, those who had praised the April 3 primary effectively buried it when a court-imposed deadline to negotiate compromise interim redistricting maps passed without a deal.”

Who says no one is leading on spending reform? “Earlier today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3521, The Expedited Legislative Line-Item Veto and Rescissions Act. This bipartisan reform was co-authored by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen (D-MD). H.R. 3521 — the fourth budget-process reform passed by the House in the past week — would provide policymakers with an additional tool to target unjustified spending in appropriations bills, while making certain that Congress maintains its constitutional power of the purse.”

Who really thought he was serious about “hope and change” anyway? “The Obama campaign says that Ron Klein, former Democratic congressman from Florida, turned Obama stalwart, turned lobbyist, is out as a bundler after registering as a lobbyist for Spirit Airlines in early January. . . . Klein was a feisty surrogate for Obama in both the general and primary elections in 2008. The official said Klein raised all of the cash prior to Dec. 31, 2011, meaning he never raised money as a lobbyist — and also meaning they don’t have to return the estimated $200,000 to $500,000 he raked in.”

Who in the White House is going to take the blame for the contraception debacle involving the Catholic Church? The speaker of the House makes a rare speech from the floor: “In imposing this requirement, the federal government has drifted dangerously beyond its constitutional boundaries, encroaching on religious freedom in a manner that affects millions of Americans and harms some of our nation’s most vital institutions. If the president does not reverse the Department’s attack on religious freedom, then the Congress, acting on behalf of the American people and the Constitution we are sworn to uphold and defend, must.”

Who thinks this is a good idea? “After breaking out this week as a surprise conservative standard-bearer in a trio of Republican primaries, Rick Santorum returned Wednesday to the role that helped him build a national reputation in the first place: uncompromising Christian conservative champion. Rather than following up his Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado wins with a trip to the next set of primary states — Arizona and Michigan — Santorum spoke before a group of Dallas-area pastors, casting himself firmly as the one reliable culture warrior in the 2012 field. . . . For a candidate who has spent much of the last year trying to prove that he’s about more than just social issues, Santorum’s Texas trip may look like a strategic detour.”

Who thinks this won’t show up in a GOP campaign ad? The White House has no opinion as to whether the Senate should do its job and pass a budget. Ooof.

Who suggested he do this some time ago? (Oh, we did!): “Speaking to supporters in Atlanta, Georgia, Romney told of the hardships he encountered among his flock when he served as bishop of a Boston-area LDS congregation. ‘I found that those kinds of circumstances were not just about money or numbers, they were about lives and emotions,’ he said. As the candidate heads to struggling post-industrial states where Santorum’s pro-manufacturing message and background could hold real appeal, Romney will need to close the income gap between his natural base of supporters that of his rivals. Talking up his unique interactions with financially struggling congregants could convince the unemployed that he feels their pain — at least a little.”

By  |  07:45 AM ET, 02/09/2012

Categories:  2012 campaign

 
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