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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 02/20/2012

Morning Bits

Peter Wehner questions Rick Santorum’s logic. “[T]he question for Santorum is why he believes contraception should ‘continue to be available’ and that the ‘realm of laws’ should have nothing to say about contraception. Remember, the argument Santorum made is that contraception is having a profoundly negative impact on the health of society. If so, why wouldn’t he advocate laws to discourage the use of something that he believes is undermining America’s social and moral fabric?”

You have to question whether he’d carry more than a couple (even a couple?) of states in the general election. “On the campaign trail, Mr. Santorum has criticized a requirement in President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul that insurers cover prenatal testing, saying that would lead to more abortions.”

You do question what Sheldon Adelson is up to when he decides to give Newt Gingrich another $10 million. “Though polls are mixed on the issue, there is general agreement within Republican ranks that if Gingrich drops out of the race or becomes largely irrelevant, the majority of his support would shift to Santorum.Thus, if an additional cash influx helps keep Gingrich in the game, Romney is the candidate who might benefit most in the end.”

You have to question the political sobriety of hoping for a belated knight in shining armor. “With Republicans still unable to coalesce behind one candidate, is there still time in the GOP presidential primaries for another candidate to emerge, NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ host David Gregory asked Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Sunday. ‘I don’t see how that could happen. It’s just too late, I think,’ Ryan said flatly.”

You’re right to question the gross irresponsibility of the payroll tax deal. “The payroll tax package that Congress passed on Friday accelerated the timeline for another battle over the debt ceiling. Last summer’s bitter clash over the debt limit took the nation to the brink of default, resulting in the first-ever downgrade of U.S. securities. . . . The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that in the short term, the payroll package will add $101 billion to the deficit, which effectively erases a month of wiggle room under the $16.394 trillion debt cap.”

Senators question our do-nothing Syria policy. “The senators, John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, both Republicans, laid out a series of diplomatic, humanitarian and military aid proposals that would put the United States squarely behind the effort to topple President Bashar al-Assad of Syria. The senators, both of whom are on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that rebel fighters deserved to be armed and that helping them take on the Syrian government would aid Washington’s effort to weaken Iran.”

Karl Rove questions the Democrats’ optimism about President Obama’s reelection prospects. “[H]e is the incumbent president and he can’t get above 50 percent against the Republicans who are in the middle of a battle, where they’re bleeding all over the floor.”

Now Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) questions Santorum’s anti-contraception crusade and his electability. “This whole idea about that talking about the social issues and who is going to pay for birth control pills, I’m worried about undermining our civil liberties, the constant wars going on, the debt of $16 trillion. They are worried about birth control pills and here he wants to control people’s social lives.” Scary when Ron Paul sounds like the sane one.

By  |  07:45 AM ET, 02/20/2012

Categories:  2012 campaign

 
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