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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 04/26/2012

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Pastor John Hagee and Gary Bauer fill in the blanks on “60 Minutes’” revisionism about Israel and Christians. “Israel is the only country in the Middle East in which the Christian population is growing — and it is doing so at a fantastic rate. With higher average incomes and lower unemployment than Israel’s Jews, Israel’s Christians are thriving. Finally, Israeli Christians are free to build their churches and practice their faith in a way they cannot anywhere else in the region.”

Mitt Romney can fill the VP slot with vanilla as far as I’m concerned. We’ve had enough Rocky Road to last a lifetime. “[Sen. Rob] Portman is vanilla, wonky and unflappable. Maybe he’s a safe, conventional, swing-state pick for Mitt Romney, but he’s not exactly the guy who would bring down the house at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.”

The great “intellectual” president needs to fill his news consumption with more meaty and intellectually diverse fare. Jon Stewart, Paul Krugman and Andrew Sullivan? It explains a lot.

Maybe she could fill in as a speechwriter for Romney. “A powerful analysis by President Barack Obama’s first Chair of his Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) indicates the President’s proposed tax increases would kill the economic recovery and throw nearly 1 million Americans out of work. Those are the extraordinary implications of academic research by Christina D. Romer, who chaired the CEA from January 28, 2009 – September 3, 2010.”

You can fill in whatever poll numbers you want. Anything in the next few months on the presidential horserace is largely irrelevant. “President Obama leads in 12 battleground states that will be critical in determining the outcome of the 2012 election, but Mitt Romney has made inroads among independents, according to the latest poll from Purple Strategies.Obama leads Romney 48 percent to 44 in the 12 battleground states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.”

Romney will fill in the blank: Would you rather have cool or ____? “You’ll see more of this as the RNC and Romney campaign make efforts to use the president’s ‘coolness’ and likability as a weapon against him. The basic thinking is that Romney will never be cooler, and may not ever be considered more likeable, than the president, so Republicans will argue this election isn’t about fun on Jimmy Fallon – it’s about competence and jobs.”

Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) tried to fill in the details of his opponent Richard Mourdock’s unconservative views on the Fairness Doctrine, national defense and illegal immigration from a 1992 questionnaire. Mourdock’s spokesman says now he’s against the Fairness Doctrine. But what about the rest? Is there a “none of the above” in this primary?

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