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Right Turn
Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 07/13/2012

Morning Bits

The Boston Globe blows it. “To accept some of the claims, one would have to believe that Romney, with the advice of his lawyers, lied on government documents and committed a criminal offense. Moreover, you would have to assume he willingly gave up his share to a few years of retirement earnings — potentially worth millions of dollars — so he could say his retirement started in 1999. . . . Fortune obtained the offering documents for a Bain Capital Fund circulating in June 2000, as well as a fund in 2001. None of the documents show that Romney was listed as being among the ‘key investment professionals.’ As Fortune put it, ‘the contemporaneous Bain documents show that Romney was indeed telling the truth about no longer having operational input at Bain — which, one should note, is different from no longer having legal or financial ties to the firm.’ ”

Is Obama’s campaign blowing it with independents? “Digging into the crosstabs of our ABC/Washington Post poll it’s clear that Obama has a significant problem with independent voters. On every measure, independents are significantly more disappointed with the president and more open to a Mitt Romney message.” Maybe it’s all the over-the-top negativity?

Chief Justice John Roberts blew the Obamacare decision, but lit a fire on the right. “Romney leads Obama by a wide 8 point margin in terms of voter engagement.”

Has Obama blown it? “A new urgency has swept into President Obama’s campaign as disappointing fundraising numbers have emerged alongside the shaky economy as a major threat to his prospects for reelection. While the president’s aides originally maintained they wouldn’t be moving from “zero to 60” when they launched their campaign in May, now, with less than four months until Election Day, it appears they’re pushing down harder on the pedal.” Hence, more hyper-partisan rhetoric.

Blowing a giant hole in its already leaky fiscal boat with California’s train to nowhere. “California’s state legislature on Friday green-lighted funding for its $68 billion (or more) bullet train, which in 30 years may connect San Francisco and Anaheim. Since the state has only enough cash in hand to build about 100 miles of track, the train will more likely dead end in Bakersfield, about 130 miles south of Fresno, where the first segment is supposed to begin. . . . Enough Democratic state senators from the Bay Area and Los Angles region had reported ‘concerns’ about the authority’s business plan to put the brakes on the train. Their ‘concerns,’ however, mainly stemmed from the fact that their districts weren’t getting a slice of the pie. So [Gov. Jerry] Brown tacked on $2 billion of funding for regional rail projects, including $700 million to bail out, er, modernize Silicon Valley’s insolvent Caltrain.”

Someone realized the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) blew it by attacking Sheldon Adelson. It seems that “some responsible figures have sat down with the NJDC and gently explained why this campaign was a terrible move. The Jewish Democratic group posted a quasi-mea culpa on its website late yesterday, effectively ending its anti-Adelson campaign.”

Obama blows up welfare reform. “President Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an official policy directive undermining the welfare reform law of 1996. The new policy guts the federal work requirements that have been the foundation of that law — one of the most successful domestic policy reforms in the 20th century.” Quite a slap at Bill Clinton, isn’t it?

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