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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 03/16/2012

Morning Bits

When the president won’t lead, the people won’t support a war. “Fifty percent of Americans say the United States should speed up withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan, while 24 percent prefer sticking to the current timetable to leave by the end of 2014, and 21 percent say the U.S. should stay as long as it takes to accomplish its goals.”

When you pay attention to the calendar the race comes into focus. “The two Deep South primaries appear critical, yet they will be long forgotten by Labor Day, much less Nov. 6. Barring a massive, difficult to fathom shift in this contest, Mitt Romney has a better than 80 percent chance to be the GOP nominee. No amount of wild tapping on CNN’s magic wall will alter those odds.”

When he messes up, it’s always someone else’s fault. “Rick Santorum is working furiously to explain comments that appear to suggest the island must adopt English as its official language.. . . The problem is although a GOP-led Congress has frequently tried, none of its attempts to pass a law making English an official language of the U.S. have ever succeeded. There is no such requirement in the U.S. Constitution, and none of territories wanting to become states. So such a requirement for Puerto Ricans would go beyond what’s required of current U.S. residents. But speaking Thursday to reporters, ahead of Sunday’s primary in Puerto Rico, Santorum suggested that his words had been ‘maliciously’ misconstrued.” Maliciously yet.

When the president said you could keep your health coverage he didn’t mean, you know, that you personally could keep the health plan you actually have. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.): “President Obama’s string of empty promises is quickly becoming a disappointing trail of broken promises. He promised Americans that his overhaul of the health-care sector would not jeopardize the health coverage of those who liked what they had. As nonpartisan analysts made clear today, millions of Americans will soon learn the hard way that Washington’s overreach into their health-care decisions will result in sharp disruptions to their coverage and their care.”

When our military personnel and families are asked to shoulder an even greater burden, you will know why. “The Marine Corps said on Wednesday it would cut four infantry battalions and 12 flying squadrons over the next five years as it shrinks by 20,000 personnel to meet budget constraints and peacetime needs after more than a decade of war.”

When he is talking about banning pornography he is not talking about something most voters want to hear. “Internet pornography could conceivably become a thing of the past if Rick Santorum is elected president. The unapologetic social conservative, currently in second place behind Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination, has promised to crack down on the distribution of pornography if elected.” Aside from the Constitutional issues, is this really what the president should be most concerned about?

When the Republicans fail to nominate electable candidates they fritter away the opportunity for a Senate majority (like in 2010): “The question for every conservative in this election is whether the possibility of getting a slightly more ideologically pure senator is worth blowing the chance to kill Obamacare, cut spending, reform entitlements, revive the economy, stop the EPA, block tax hikes and thwart the union agenda. That’s a risk even a Las Vegas bookie might run from.”

When it comes right down to it, military action in Syria is very doable. “The need for a coalition is real, but plenty of international opposition has been raised to the Assad regime. Notwithstanding the lack of a U.N. resolution — blocked by Russia and China — Washington could assemble a coalition of the willing as President Bill Clinton did for Kosovo. But that will happen only if the Obama administration decides that action is called for and does not allow itself to be paralyzed by the Pentagon’s reluctance to intervene.”

When you hear this argument, you wonder how high gas prices will go if Iran gets the bomb. “An Israeli military strike against Iranian nuclear enrichment sites would spike gas prices to between $5 and $6 per gallon, according to market analysts. This would be well beyond the record highs hit in 2008, when nationwide average retail prices hit $4.11 per gallon, analysts say.”

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