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Right Turn
Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 03/19/2012

Morning Bits

Maybe they don’t like the job he is doing. “President Obama is struggling to draw in big-dollar donations, with half as many people writing large checks to his campaign than at this point four years ago.”

David Axelrod found it a tough job to explain the administration’s stance on gas prices.

In other words, Obama did a rotten job as commander in chief. “GOP contender Mitt Romney attacked President Obama’s foreign policy leadership on Sunday, blaming the president’s ‘failed leadership’ for the growing instability in Afghanistan. . . . Romney pointed to Obama’s ‘interaction with (Afghan President Hamid) Karzai and with leaders there, as well as his relative detachment from our military commanders there and the fact that he published a specific date for a withdrawal,’ as leading to the increasing instability and violence in the country.” He’s got that right.

Like Right Turn, liberals think the Obama “documentarians” didn’t do a very good job. “Having spent the first few minutes laying out the scale of the economic emergency the president faced, the film couldn’t very well slice out the most critical part of his response without replacing it with something equally meaty. Unfortunately, that something turns out to be pretty unpersuasive as an economic fix: Health care. The film essentially argues that the economic circumstances forced the president’s hand on health care reform. . . . Not only is this not true as a substantive proposition — the lack of affordable health coverage simply had nothing to do with the spiraling unemployment rate and shrinking economy. It’s so at odds with what most Americans believed at the time . . . that it’s hard to see how suggesting the opposite will do anything other than anger voters all over again.” This is what happens when you operate in an ideological cocoon.

Considering the job they have done, they do deserve to get sacked. “Mitt Romney sharpened his criticism of President Barack Obama over rising gas prices, calling on him to fire three top administration officials who he accused of pushing for higher energy prices. The ‘gas hike trio,’ as dubbed by Romney, of Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, should resign first, Romney said.” In all fairness, however, the real fault is with their boss.

It turns out it’s easier to get a job when unions are absent and conservative economic policies are in place. Who would have thought, huh? “Things have changed in Muncie, a city of 70,000 where closures of auto-industry plants and other factories have left about one in five homes vacant. Jobless workers here and in many parts of the Rust Belt have lowered their expectations and become more flexible. At the same time, state politicians are fighting harder than ever to attract employers with lower taxes, streamlined regulation and other incentives. Companies like Caterpillar are eagerly exploiting both trends. . . . Companies are concentrating many of their manufacturing investments in states where unions are weak and wages relatively low.”

It sounds like the New Jersey governor would really like the VP job. He’s do a heck of a job stumping for Romney. Campaigning in Illinois, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: “In our Republican primary, let’s be very leery, very wary of sending another member of Congress to the White House. Now, see, members of Congress they can be okay, but they don’t know the first thing most of the time about using executive authority. They don’t know the first thing about getting things done. We don’t need Ron Paul, we don’t need Newt Gingrich, and we don’t need Rick Santorum. We need an executive. We need Mitt Romney in the White House.”

By  |  07:45 AM ET, 03/19/2012

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