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Right Turn
Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 02/29/2012

Morning Bits

Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) causes a tremor. “Sen. Olympia Snowe announced today that she is retiring from the Senate, citing the partisanship of Washington as her reason for not running for reelection.”

Who is going to break it to her? “Janet Napolitano insists Mexico drug war not a failure.”

After the negative fallout, he retreats. “Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey on Tuesday told a senate panel that he did not instruct Israel against an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.”

This pick would sure shake up the base. “So far in the vetting of potential vice presidential candidate Marco Rubio, we’ve learned that his family left Cuba in the mid-1950s, earlier than most people believed, and that he was a Mormon as a child. Believe it or not, this is good news. On most GOP running-mate lists, Mr. Rubio is at or near the top. So it’s especially important that the Florida senator disclose any personal and political skeletons, however small, before he’s picked for the job. If he waits until after he’s picked, the media will descend and try to turn even the smallest contradiction or hint of controversy into a dominant narrative.”

Not exactly an earthshaking tactic to plead for the media to bang up your opponent. “The Newt Gingrich campaign recently announced that senior advisers Robert Walker and J.C. Watts had sent a letter to “several newspapers” in Washington, Georgia, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Ohio, calling on the publishers and editorial page editors ‘to critically evaluate the impact that Governor Romney’s campaign is having on the integrity of America’s political system.’” I expect the editors will ignore it — or overcompensate.

Small-government conservatives have been on a roll. “Some Republicans used to like Keynesian stimulus, now they don’t. Libertarians never did. Some Republicans used to like individual mandates, now they don’t. Libertarians never did. Some Republicans used to like cap and trade, now they don’t. Libertarians never did. You get the idea. There is a reason Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., has been speaking so highly of Ron Paul.”

This may start rumblings that getting too close to President Obama is bad for Democrats in swing states. “Republican George Allen has opened an eight-point lead (45%-37%) on Democrat Tim Kaine in a likely November matchup for the U.S. Senate seat from Virginia according to The Roanoke College Poll.”

I don’t imagine they are quaking in their boots in Damascus. “A day after a referendum on a new Constitution and amid sustained violence, Syria came under renewed international pressure from a long list of governments urging an immediate cease-fire and warning that Syria’s leaders would not escape accounting for their actions.”

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