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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 04/06/2012

Morning Bits

Delusional. Inside the Rick Santorum camp: “Everybody was optimistic. We all see a path to victory. But in the next few days, we’ll be doing some neat and exciting things.”

Defensive. “The Justice Department issued a brusque response Thursday to a federal appeals court’s unusual order to explain President Barack Obama’s comments that a Supreme Court ruling against his health care law would be an ‘unprecedented’ act by ‘unelected people.’ . . . [Attorney General Eric] Holder’s letter falls noticeably short of the length requirement, coming in at about two-and-a-half pages. It also does not quote from or attempt to parse Obama’s public comments in any detail. The attorney general simply declared: ‘The President’s remarks were fully consistent with the principles described herein.’ ” See, the solicitor general really isn’t the most underwhelming lawyer in the administration.

Delighting in the president’s troubles. “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) slammed President Obama on Thursday for his earlier comments about the Supreme Court, accusing the president of an ‘intolerable’ assault on the Judicial Branch.”

Deconstructing the president’s rhetoric will take a long time. Mitt Romney got started early: “The other day, he said he was for ‘all of the above’ in the energy world. And I thought: how in the world can he be saying that? Then I realized he probably means he’s for all the energy sources above the ground, all right. So he’s for solar and wind, which are just fine, but he doesn’t like coal, oil, gas because they’re below ground. Now we understand ‘Obama-speak’ a little better. I’m actually for everything that comes from above and everything that comes from below. I want to get energy in this country and become energy secure.”

Denouncing something the Republicans don’t support is a favorite Obama tactic. “End Medicare as we know it? C’mon. [Rep. Paul] Ryan would gradually raise Medicare spending as a share of GDP from today’s 3.25 percent to 4.75 percent by 2050. And he’d keep traditional Medicare as one option on which future seniors could spend their Medicare premium-support dollars.”

Denying Santorum’s relevance seems both wise and accurate. “Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee. Reporters have stopped covering Newt Gingrich, and they will become increasingly uninterested in what Santorum says. And Governor Romney is wisely focusing all his attention on President Obama rather than his GOP opponents. So even if Santorum stays in the race, the dynamic has fundamentally shifted. The only way Santorum can get much attention is by increasingly shrill attacks on the person who has, in a long and fair contest, soundly defeated him. And that will hurt Santorum even more than Romney. Even now, Santorum’s complaints about the GOP ‘establishment’ and its ‘aristocracy’ seem out of touch. (People like Jim DeMint, Ron Johnson, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Paul Ryan hardly qualify as RINOs.)”

Defending the individual mandate is bad for business, I guess. “The once high-flying health-care think tank that Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich started nearly a decade ago has filed for bankruptcy, its fortunes sinking rapidly last year as its compelling leader turned his energies to the political campaign trail. The Center for Health Transformation had promoted private-sector solutions to America’s skyrocketing health-care costs, and also became a source of significant cash for Gingrich and his wife, Callista. The Post reported that the center took in $37 million in donations, primarily from big pharmaceutical and health-care corporations, in its eight years in business.”

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