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Right Turn
Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 03/11/2012

Morning Bits

Catchy title: “In a research document . . . [released Friday] the Republican National Committee takes a coinage from Jodi Kantor’s book, ‘Barackward,’ as the title of an inaugural round-up of out-of-touch presidential moments.”

Pretty soon conservatives will catch on: Rick Santorum wasn’t as conservative as he is now making himself out to be. “Rick Santorum says he voted for No Child Left Behind even though it was ‘against the principles I believed in.’ ‘You know,’ Santorum explained during the Feb. 22 Republican presidential debate, ‘when you’re part of the team, sometimes you take one for the team, for the leader, and I made a mistake.’ But then-Sen. Santorum didn’t just vote for No Child Left Behind. He voted for it, sang its praises, touted its principles and boasted of his support for it — for at least a half decade after it became law.” Read the whole thing for some remarkable quotes.

The White House seem always trying to catch up with Congress on Iran sanctions. “Members of the House and Senate are moving forward with new legislation that would allow state and local governments to deny business licenses to any company that invests in Iran’s energy sector, the Washington Free Beacon has learned. The soon-to-be-announced legislation would ‘prohibit the investment of assets of the state or local government in a person that engages in investment activities in the energy sector of Iran,’ according to a copy of the bill obtained by WFB.”

The GOP is catching on: Make Democrats take one vote after another on popular bills and dare them to stick with the president. “Republicans vowed to continue aggressively pushing for approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline Thursday shortly after the Senate narrowly rejected a GOP-backed measure to greenlight the project. The Senate Republicans who authored the Keystone provision told reporters they are working with House GOP leadership to ensure that a measure fast-tracking approval of the project is ultimately attached to the highway bill.”

Did you catch Rick Santorum trying to tempt Newt Gingrich to get out of the race? “Santorum: Gingrich would make a good running mate.” And you thought Sarah Palin was a disastrous pick.

You can bet that Russia’s leader catches President Obama’s drift: Do anything you want so long as there is no confrontation before November. “When President Obama congratulated Vladimir Putin . . . for winning the Russian presidential election, the two leaders discussed how the ‘reset’ between the United States and Russia has been ‘successful’ — but did not, apparently, discuss the rampant election fraud reported to have compromised the Russian presidential race.” Shameful.

Newt Gingrich catches the Obama administration applying the “international test”: “Newt Gingrich on Friday called for the resignation of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta after the Pentagon’s top official indicated that the U.S. military would try to seek ‘international permission’ before intervening in Syria. Pentagon officials, however, said Panetta was not trying to override Congress in making such a statement.”

Molly Ball catches on to Mitt Romney’s sense of humor, which is “dry, self-deprecating and a bit dark, a far cry from the safely hokey laugh lines of most politicians on the stump. And it bespeaks a confidence and flair not often attributed to the much-maligned candidate.”

By  |  07:45 AM ET, 03/11/2012

 
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