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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 06/11/2012

Morning Bits

Thin-skinned. “President Obama bristles when he is the target of activist tactics he once used.”

Slim chance there will be much peace processing anytime soon. “There have been no negotiations for three and a half years, the result mostly of foolish and inept diplomacy by the Obama administration. By declaring that a freeze on construction in settlements and in Jerusalem was a prerequisite for negotiations, Obama and his envoys (led by George Mitchell) cornered [Palestinian President Mahmoud] Abbas — how could he appear less ‘Palestinian’ than the Americans? . . . If the Palestinian president could not agree to the startlingly generous offer a falling Olmert made in late 2008, nothing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can offer will elicit a yes.”

There is a thin line at this point between continued diplomatic efforts and actually enabling the Iranians’ stonewalling on their nuclear program; we seemed to have crossed that. “Nuclear talks between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency broke down again Friday after the nuclear watchdog’s inspectors failed to gain access to Parchin, a key Iranian nuclear site. The failure of the meeting lowered hopes of a breakthrough in talks between world powers and Iran scheduled to take place in Moscow later this month.”

The Obama team’s holding onto a thin reed if it is touting its information collection capabilities as the key to winning the election. “The depth and breadth of the Obama campaign’s 2012 digital operation — from data mining to online organizing — reaches so far beyond anything politics has ever seen, experts maintain, that it could impact the outcome of a close presidential election. It makes the president’s much-heralded 2008 social media juggernaut — which raised half billion dollars and revolutionized politics — look like cavemen with stone tablets.” Hint: If you don’t have a compelling campaign messaging, focusing very precisely and loudly isn’t going to turn it into a compelling message.

In the thick of the race Obama still hasn’t nailed down his base. “President Obama’s support has dropped by double digits among Jewish voters from 2008, but he still earns more than double the support of challenger Mitt Romney among American Jews, according to a new survey from Gallup. The president is the choice of 64 percent of Jewish registered voters, versus 29 percent for Romney. . . . [T]he rate at which Jewish voters are defecting from the Obama campaign — and signaling support for Romney — exceeds national averages.”

Democrats’ and their Big Labor patrons’ thick skulls don’t grasp the impact of the Wisconsin recall. Take a look at AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka spinning like a top.

Through thick and thin the Obama team has clung to its message: More government and hire more civil servants. Charles Lane reminds us that “there have been no layoffs in Wisconsin due to the reforms that Scott Walker brought in, which raises the question, if you can trim the benefits and the power of unions and not have layoffs, why do you need the money from Washington to avoid layoffs? That’s the part of the argument that I’m really surprised the president is pressing in a week like this when voters, including in Democratic bastions like California, seem to be signaling that the way they want to avoid layoffs in the public sector is by tightening the belts of the public workers.”

Laying it on thick. The extreme left just loves Elizabeth Warren. “This year’s Netroots Nation convention attracted a broad array of Democratic talent but one figure stood above all others: Elizabeth Warren, the party’s nominee against Massachusetts GOP Sen. Scott Brown. It’s hard to overstate Warren’s popularity among progressives. A keynote panel that featured her drew an enormous crowd, festooned with Elizabeth Warren buttons. At a reception she was accorded rock star status, with bloggers and activists queuing up to have their photos taken with her. One panel was even dedicated to Massachusetts politics and her race. Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas explained that of all the House and Senate elections this year, her race was the number one priority among progressives.”

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