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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 04/10/2012

Morning Bits

How is liberal reaction to the Supreme Court argument like Peter Beinart’s anti-Israel screed? “The failure to acknowledge any merit whatsoever to the conservative case against the individual mandate exhibits a breathtaking unfamiliarity with 30 years of conservative constitutional thought concerning the architecture of limited government. What’s more, it bespeaks a stunning failure of the liberal imagination. A progressivism that has so lost its liberal bearings is poorly suited to lead the nation in crafting reforms to our flawed health-care system. And, as Peter Beinart’s book vividly illustrates, when it looks abroad and directs its attention to the Middle East, that same progressivism is unfit to instruct Israel on how to deal with its tragic conflict with the Palestinians.”

How is the fate of Afghan women like that of the Green Movement? Both are casualties of the Obama-Clinton foreign policy. “Clinton has signaled that she will step down as top U.S. diplomat early next year, and the fate of Afghan women may not be clear until long after her departure. Even so, a reversal on women’s rights would be a blow to Clinton’s legacy.” Come to think of it, the fate of men and women in most of the world’s despotic regimes with be a blot on her legacy.

How is Rick Santorum like conspiratorialists? Both are immune to facts and logic. Santorum and his true believers think he still has a shot. “Santorum would have to win roughly 70 percent of the remaining delegates to win the nomination. That’s not just unlikely. It’s delusional.”

How is President Obama like fast food? Nothing made to order: “There is a huge tension between the personalize-your-own-world ethos of the iPod/Facebook generation and the command-and-control, mid-20th-century welfare state programs of the Obama Democrats. The young are stuck with disproportionate insurance premiums by Obamacare and with student loan debt that can’t be discharged in bankruptcy. Some hope. Some change. [Mitt] Romney needs to make the case that current policy — what Obama has fallen back on — is leading to a crash in which government will fail to keep its promises. He needs to argue that his ‘opportunity society’ means vibrant economic growth that can provide, in ways that can’t be precisely predicted, opportunities in which young people can find work that draws on their special talents and interests.”

How is Santorum like Jackson Browne? “Running on empty” is the operative phrase: “Mr. Santorum’s campaign had just $1.2 million at the end of March, according to Mr. Santorum’s senior campaign strategist, John Brabender. The Santorum campaign plans to air TV ads in Pennsylvania, but it will be a much smaller advertising investment than Mr. Romney’s, Mr. Brabender said. Mr. Santorum has given no sign of plans to leave the race. But his advisers acknowledged difficulties ahead for the former Pennsylvania senator.” Sounds like the beginning of the end.

How is Obama like Duke basketball? Overconfident, overrated. Seems they are a bit “cocky” in Chicago: “Months of blockbuster economic data were interrupted by a March jobs report that missed expectations. Obama allies fear that the president’s team will get caught flatfooted on the economy if growth slows down between now and Election Day. There are also already the first signs of campaign infighting, like the flap last week over a Jewish liaison whose embarrassing Facebook photographs prompted jabs from senior Democrats at Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, viewed by some in Chicago as a bit too interested in her own path to power and the House Speakership, too little concerned with the reelection campaign. And to say that the campaign doesn’t fear Romney is an understatement — he’s viewed as almost a joke.”

How is Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) like Obama? Both have problematic friendships (Obama with Tony Rezko and Rubio has Rep. David Rivera (R-Fla.) ): “Rivera is facing state and federal inquiries stemming from his conduct in the Florida legislature, while Rubio is seeking to project a squeaky clean image as he faces national scrutiny and tops the prospective GOP vice presidential list. But Rubio is giving a full-throated endorsement to Rivera, raising money for him, and defending a man who served with him in the trenches of Florida politics dating back to when they were young volunteers on Lincoln Diaz-Balart’s first House campaign in 1992.”

How is Newt Gingrich like Romney? Each realized (Romney in 2008, Newt this time, that it was not his year.) “On Mike Huckabee’s new syndicated radio show, Mitt Romney stopped just short of declaring victory in the clearly-over Republican primary — and said he wasn’t surprised that Newt Gingrich all but conceded the race on Sunday. On Fox News Sunday, Gingrich allowed that Romney was “far and away the most likely Republican nominee” and pledged to support him in the general — by far the nicest thing he’s said about his primary opponent in months. Asked by Huckabee whether he was taken aback by the sudden change in tone, Romney was unusually candid. ‘It was not a surprise,’ Romney said. ‘He and I have spoken from time to time and actually we’ve also been together with our wives and spoken, and we’re pretty open-eyed about this.’”

How is Obama like the far-right isolationists? Neither gives a darn about promotion of freedom. “Obama’s half-hearted advocacy of democracy reflects, his supporters argue, his hard-headed pragmatism. . . . But his stance also reflects his own brand of idealism, which values international law and alliances more than the promotion of freedom. The democrats’ uprising in Iran threatened his hopes of negotiating a nuclear agreement with Iran’s rulers. Aid to Syria’s democrats requires approval from the U.N. Security Council, which is unattainable without Russian and Chinese acquiescence.” Of course, those goals were impossible to attain because he was dealing with despotic regimes.

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