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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 04/25/2012

Morning Bits

Someone should tell CBS. “According to witnesses, a Catholic church in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum was torched by a mob of several hundred Muslims on the night of April 21. The church had been attended by many Southern Sudanese Christians.”

Someone should ask President Obama if this isn’t “politics as usual.” Peter Wehner writes on the $8 billion Medicare “demonstration”panned by the General Accounting Office: “[Benjamin Sasse and Charles Hurt] write, ‘Obama will spend $8 billion in taxpayer funds for a scheme to mask the debilitating effects on seniors of his signature piece of legislation just long enough to get himself reelected.’ This is probably not what people thought Obama had in mind when he promised to do away with phony accounting and tell people what they needed to hear rather than what they wanted to hear. It increases cynicism among the citizenry. It might even cause people to look away in disillusionment and frustration.”

Someone should warn the Obama campaign that the American people aren’t that dumb. “Numerous e-mail blasts to Obama supporters have highlighted the Buffett rule — and then asked for donations. . . . As a policy plan, the Buffett rule is dead. But you can bet that, as the campaign heats up, Obama will use the rule as a way to whack Romney and congressional Republicans—and to rake in money for his reelection fight.” On second thought, let him find out in November.

Someone should break the news to him: No one cares. “Rick Santorum still hasn’t endorsed Mitt Romney.”

Someone should let appeaser-in-chief Wendy Sherman in the State Department know. “North Korea has almost completed preparations for a third nuclear test, a senior source with close ties to Pyongyang and Beijing said, which will draw further international condemnation following a failed rocket launch if it goes ahead.”

Someone should let him in on a secret: domestic energy development and job creation are really popular with voters. “Senate Democrats will hold firm and reject House Republican demands to include approval of the Keystone oil pipeline in transportation funding legislation, their leader said Tuesday. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday said he would not in any way help Republicans move Keystone approval across the finish line.” Not exactly “all of the above” energy policy is it?

Someone should tell him there is a word for this: bigotry. “Despite the media’s obsession with the alleged anti-Mormonism of evangelical Christians, the party with the larger anti-Mormon problem is the Democrats. According to Gallup, while only 18 percent of Republicans said they would oppose a Mormon candidate, among Democrats the figure was 27 percent. As if on cue, Montana’s Democratic governor, Brian Schweitzer, last week volunteered that women would not back Romney because his father was ‘born on a polygamy commune in Mexico.’ . . . Democrats may exhibit greater suspicion of Mormonism, in other words, because they exhibit greater suspicion of all organized religion. It’s just that anti-Mormonism is still socially acceptable enough to confess to a pollster.”

Someone at the White House should keep Obama from calling it a ”recovery.” James Pethokoukis: “Right now, the economy is probably growing at a pace of between 2% and 2.5%, just a notch above sputter speed, just outside the recessionary red zone. But to many Americans, this growth surely feels like stagnation rather than a strong recovery. Incomes are flat to falling. And the unemployment rate is stuck above 8%. In the recent CBS News/New York Times poll, 60% thought America on the wrong track, 30% on the right track. So which argument will voters find more compelling in November: a) ‘Obama, He Kept Us Out Of Recession’ with the parenthetical (‘so please be patient’) or b) ‘Obama, He Kept Us From Prosperity’ (‘and his time is up’). Both present the election as a referendum on Obamanomics, which is what I think the election will be about.”

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