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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 04/03/2012

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Never understood why freedom-seeking political dissidents aren’t precisely the type of immigrant we want here. “The civil unrest [in Syria] is the kind of situation that [temporary protected status immigration law] was designed to address, and the numbers aren’t large — USCIS estimates 2,500–3,000 people are eligible. But Syria’s misfortune is their windfall — despite the “Temporary” label, none of them will ever have to return to the Middle East, no matter what the outcome there, and they are all assured of getting permanent status eventually, though it may take a number of years. In the meantime they get to work and live here legally, start businesses, buy houses, etc., just like Americans or permanent residents.”

Never underestimate the president’s ability to take the low road. “President Obama, employing his strongest language to date on the Supreme Court review of the federal health-care overhaul, cautioned the court Monday against overturning the law — while repeatedly saying he’s ‘confident’ it will be upheld. The president spoke at length about the case at a joint press conference with the leaders of Mexico and Canada. The president, adopting what he described as the language of conservatives who fret about judicial activism, questioned how an ‘unelected group of people’ could overturn a law approved by Congress.”

Never forget this man was head of the Harvard Law Review, which gives you an idea how delinquent elite law schools are. “Of course, the Framers designed the Supreme Court to overturn unconstitutional laws and serve as a check on the power of Congress and the White House, but the president — a constitutional lawyer — seems willing to neglect that aspect of the Constitution in order to ‘connect with the American people’ and shore up his reelection chances.” Shameful but entirely expected.

Never could there be a more worthy recipient. “Nearly two years have passed since the long time journalist Helen Thomas was forced to resign after making anti-Semitic comments on camera. Since then, Thomas has been the subject of fierce criticism from both ends of the American political spectrum and from her fellow journalists. But on Sunday, she received an award - an honor from none other than Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.”

Never going to be asked? Say you’re not interested. “Haley would decline VP slot.”

Never underestimate Santorum’s talent for self-delusion. “Rick Santorum on Monday argued that a fight on the Republican National Convention (RNC) floor would be ‘energizing’ for the party. ‘I think it would be a fascinating display of open democracy and I think it would be an energizing thing for our party to have a candidate emerge who isn’t the blessed candidate of the Republican establishment,’ Santorum said at a campaign event in Appleton, Wis., according to multiple reports.” Actually democracy is respecting the wishes of a majority of GOP voters who selected his nemesis.

Never will happen, however much we wish it were so. An experienced Supreme Court advocate defends the solicitor general against know-nothing criticism of his performance: “Those who do not know or fully understand the court’s rules and practices at oral argument should hesitate to judge the performance of those who argue there.”

Never thought any real Zionist could stick around very long. A left-leaning pundit quits Peter Beinart’s anti-pro-Israel Web site. “I wanted serious discussion of how, without sacrificing its vital security interests, Israel can help empower moderate Palestinian leadership, foster the creation of a stable and trustworthy Palestinian state — and, crucially, diminish Palestinian suffering until such time. Instead, I got morally confused debates over whether Israel is or is not an apartheid state. I wanted insight into the complexities of how and under what circumstances Israel might relinquish more territory to Palestinian control now that Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza has brought on a Hamas takeover. Instead, I hear far too much self-righteous moralizing about Zionism’s culpability for the evil of the occupation. I wanted serious consideration of how Zionist proponents of territorial compromise can minimize conflict and violence between the State and the settler population that stands to lose so much. Instead, I hear cavalier posturing about Jews boycotting other Jews.”

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Categories:  2012 campaign, Morning Bits

 
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