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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 03/04/2012

Morning Bits

The “Israel Lobby” is over 70 percent of the American electorate, according to Gallup.

Rick Santorum is in over his head if on the eve of a critical primary he is still walking back comments. “In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Rick Santorum said his ‘snob’ comment about Obama on education was ‘a strong term’ and ‘probably not the smartest thing.’ . . . . This is the second time ... [in a week] that Santorum has had to walk back a fairly inflammatory statement he’s made. On Sunday, he said John F. Kennedy’s speech on the separation of church and state made him ‘want to throw up,’ but then said Tuesday that he wished he could take the statement back.”

Over many decades he was the greatest American political scientist. “America owes an enormous debt to James Q. Wilson, and it’s more than the obvious debt. Clearly we owe him a lot for the ideas he proposed that got enacted into enormously successful public policies — especially in the fight to save our cities from crime, but in other arenas as well. But more than that, Wilson taught several generations of political scientists and scholars of administration how to think about public policy. Not only what he did but how he did it through his long career was brilliant and innovative, and anyone who thinks about policy for a living today has learned from him — whether they know it or not.” Read the whole thing.

Yeah, it’s pretty much over if Romney wins Ohio. “Ohio is the second largest delegate prize — only Georgia and its 76 delegates is larger — and the only state on the ballot rightly described as a swing state in the general election campaign this fall. . . . And, Ohio is smack dab in the middle of the Rust Belt, a region hit hard by the struggles of the economy and widely regarded as a leading indicator of how likely it is President Obama will get re-elected. A win in Ohio matters — a lot. And, for Romney, it’s uniquely possible that winning the Buckeye State on Tuesday would effectively clinch the presidential nomination for him.”

If Newt Gingrich wins Georgia but loses nine other contests on Tuesday, isn’t it over for him? “With the exception of South Carolina, Santorum has performed better than Gingrich with Evangelical voters throughout the GOP primary, and he leads Gingrich in early polls taken in religious redoubts like Tennessee and Oklahoma. Gingrich has fallen out of the national conversation for the better part of a month, so it’s possible that a win in the Peach State could be the prelude to a national rebound. Gingrich has it right that a Georgia victory is a prerequisite for a comeback. But that doesn’t mean it would necessarily catalyze one.”

Larry Kudlow is over the moon about Romney’s newly detailed economic agenda. “Mitt Romney snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in Michigan by unveiling a pro-growth, 20 percent tax-cut plan and by resetting his limited-government spending cuts and entitlement reforms. In other words, he delivered an economic-growth package. It served him well.”

Conservatives over the past three-plus years have criticized Obama’ Israel policy Now they have a film that tells why.

Peter Wehner suggests an apology is the way for Santorum to get over his contraception dilemma. “When Santorum made his comments in October 2011, he was an asterisk in the polls, he was trying to gain traction with social conservatives in Iowa, and he views himself as more intrepid than the other GOP candidates. So he decided to separate himself from his competitors. He succeeded. He went out of his way to find this issue. And oh, how he did. But now he has to live with his words; and blaming others isn’t a fair representation of reality. I can sympathize with Santorum wanting to put this issue to rest. He is, in fact, a ‘full spectrum’ conservative — knowledgeable, informed, and conversant on the issues. But there’s a better way to put the topic to rest than to attempt to rewrite history. Why not simply say he made a mistake, that his formulation was awkward and misguided, he regrets it, and move on?” Because he really doesn’t regret it and that’s what he actually thinks.

Over time the bailout is going to look worse unless GM starts making cars people want to buy. “General Motors Co. announced the temporary suspension of Chevrolet Volt production and the layoffs of 1300 employees, as the company is cutting Volt manufacturing to meet lower-than-expected demand for the electric cars.”

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