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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 03/13/2012

Morning Bits

A key point. “I think the White House has completely lost control of economic expectations. Avoiding recession is one thing. Returning to prosperity is quite another. Yes, the economy is growing. Yes, the economy is adding jobs. But the current situation is a far walk from a return to prosperity. The broadest official gauge of unemployment is 14.9 percent. Real after-tax per capita income, or real take-home pay, has fallen in two of the past three months and is down modestly over the past year. This sounds like stagnation rather than expansion.”

The key lesson from “Game Change”: “John McCain deserved better than to be betrayed by his own top aides, and true to form he has honorably stuck by Gov. Palin even as she’s been smeared in the press over and over again by the same self-serving former staffers.” What company or candidate would hire people so disloyal?

The key to understanding Newt Gingrich: “It doesn’t take a person with a degree in psychiatry to understand what’s happening here. Gingrich is a person who views himself as a world-historical figure. He sees a nomination he (foolishly) believed he had wrapped up three months ago slip away. He has convinced himself his loss is the result of a cosmic injustice, that he was the victim of the worst smear campaign since Jefferson v. Adams. And he simply cannot let it go. There is something poignant in hearing Gingrich repeat, time and time again, that there was a moment in time, in December, when he led the Gallup poll.”

Key to Rick Santorum’s message: Permanent aggrievement against elites, and even entire cities. “After winning the Kansas caucuses Saturday, the former Pennsylvania senator had this to say to supporters, according to the New York Times: ‘I kept saying, you just stick with us, you go out and vote for your values and trust what you know,’ he told supporters. ‘Because you don’t live in New York City. You don’t live in Los Angeles. You live like most Americans in between those two cities, and you know the values you believe in.’”

A key player in the 2012 Senate races. “Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will travel to Ohio to endorse state Treasurer Josh Mandel’s (R) Senate campaign. Mandel told supporters in an e-mail that he and Rubio would ‘crisscross the state’ together on Monday and Tuesday, stopping in Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus.”

The key to these statements is that are meaningless, and just perpetuate the appearance of the West’s impotence. “The United States, its European allies and the U.N. chief slammed Syrian President Bashar [al-]Assad on Monday for a year-long assault on anti-government protests that has killed thousands of civilians and brought Syria to the brink of civil war.” It’s past the brink, actually.

The key thing to remember is that he “has a history of turning a blind eye to genocidal massacres. As chief of United Nations peacekeeping, he ordered U.N. troops to avoid intervention in horrific bloodbaths in Rwanda in 1994 and Srebrenica, Bosnia, in 1995.” So this should come as no surprise: “Syrian ruler Bashar al-Assad’s troops killed more than 160 Syrians this weekend while ‘peace envoy’ Kofi Annan sipped tea at the presidential palace in Damascus.”

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