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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 04/01/2012

Morning Bits

Even Newt Gingrich is sounding sane. “We are people that want to make sure the Republican Party candidate is capable of defeating a guy that we think would be a disaster to reelect, and I think you also see us focusing more and more attention on Obama.”

Odd, how he has had so much job trouble, isn’t it? “Keith Olbermann Fired For Breach Of Contract; Olbermann Responds To Firing.” Well, maybe not.

Even Democratic spinners must be embarrassed. “Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, and Dick Durbin had Bob Menendez introduce a bill eliminating tax breaks for carbon energy producers and replacing them with tax breaks for green energy companies. The Democratic leadership had expected the Republican caucus to block debate on the Menendez proposal, handing liberals and the White House a tactical victory. This is your Democratic-controlled Senate at work: No budget in three years but plenty of votes to score partisan points. What the oaf from Nevada had not anticipated, however, was that Republican leader Mitch McConnell would allow debate on the bill, thereby providing the Senate GOP an opening to blame Obama’s anti-drilling policies for high gas prices. The Menendez proposal went down in the end as expected, but not before Republicans turned the tables on Democrats.”

Odd for Obama, I am sure, not to be worshipped on campus. “Obama enjoyed a wave of youth support in his run to the presidency, winning 66 percent of voters aged 18-to-29 in the race against Republican Senator John McCain. Twenty-two million young voters cast ballots, making up about 18 percent of the electorate — two million more than in 2004. . . . Today that passion has cooled amid gridlock and partisanship in Washington and a surge in unemployment that is souring young voters.”

Even California parents must be upset. “The politicization of higher education by activist professors and compliant university administrators deprives students of the opportunity to acquire knowledge and refine their minds. It also erodes the nation’s civic cohesion and its ability to preserve the institutions that undergird democracy in America. . . . . ‘UC administrators,’ the California report sadly concludes, ‘far from performing their role as the university’s quality control mechanism, now routinely function as the enablers, protectors, and even apologists for the politicized university and its degraded scholarly and educational standards.’ Read the whole thing.

Odd, isn’t it, how the Obama administration set out to squeeze Bibi Netanyahu, and now he’s cruising toward early elections and Tzipi Livni is sacked by her own party? “Kadima, built by Ariel Sharon as a centrist party attracting both Likud and Labor members, will likely lose MKs back to Labor, but [new Kadima leader Shaul] Mofaz might be able to pull in some ambitious Likud MKs looking to move up on a party list. Still, he won’t be able to defeat Bibi in a general election, and it is certainly possible that Mofaz will decide to join a secular unity government with Likud, Ehud Barak’s Atzmaut party, and possibly Yisrael Beiteinu. Leaving the settler and ultra-Orthodox parties out of the government will have particular appeal in the contemporary political climate, especially as the debate over ultra-Orthodox men serving in the army and living off government largess heats up.” The heads of the anti-Israel left in the United States would explode — whom would they have left to vilify?

Even Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) gets it. “Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) said . . . that he supports joining replacing longstanding human rights sanctions on Russia with new human rights sanctions on Russian officials.” Naturally, the Obama administration opposes the legislation.

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