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Right Turn
Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 08/09/2012

Morning Bits

New experience for the Romney campaign. “Romney, who will spend the evening fundraising in the Garden State, was greeted at the first finance reception by members of a Jewish wedding party who were so excited to see him, some attempted to scale a fence to catch a glimpse of the presumptive GOP candidate. Several guests of the wedding, dressed for the occasion, darted across the parking lot at the first sight of Romney’s motorcade.”

New illegalities. “Senate Republicans warned the Obama administration on Monday that it appears to be violating U.S. law on the admissibility of immigrants by failing to assess how likely these individuals will require government assistance such as food stamps.”

New lies. “When President Obama’s aides said they weren’t familiar with former Missouri steelworker Joe Soptic’s life story, all they had to do was check their own campaign archives.”

New example of Americans’ graciousness. “Despite recent negative press, a majority of Americans, 54%, think the U.S. Transportation Security Administration is doing either an excellent or a good job of handling security screening at airports. At the same time, 41% think TSA screening procedures are extremely or very effective at preventing acts of terrorism on U.S. airplanes, with most of the rest saying they are somewhat effective.”

New atrocities. “The Syrian government launched a new offensive intending to retake contested neighborhoods in Aleppo from antiregime rebels, but after a day of fierce clashes government troops had failed to substantively change the balance of power between the two sides.” No wonder Syrians are turning anti-American. (“Syrian rebels feel abandoned, betrayed by U.S.”)

New lesson in the law of unintended consequences. “When the United Nations wanted to help slow climate change, it established what seemed a sensible system. . . . But where the United Nations envisioned environmental reform, some manufacturers of gases used in air-conditioning and refrigeration saw a lucrative business opportunity. They quickly figured out that they could earn one carbon credit by eliminating one ton of carbon dioxide, but could earn more than 11,000 credits by simply destroying a ton of an obscure waste gas normally released in the manufacturing of a widely used coolant gas. That is because that byproduct has a huge global warming effect. The credits could be sold on international markets, earning tens of millions of dollars a year.” Yeah, “sensible system” and “United Nations” don’t really go together.

New voices added to the “Ryan for VP” contingent every day.“Whatever doubts Americans may have about Mr. Romney’s empathy or background, more of them will turn out for him if they see a leader with a vision and plan worthy of the current difficult moment. This is the kind of candidate and message that voters need to see in the Republican convention this month and into the fall, and it is the message that Mr. Romney’s choice of a running mate should reinforce.”

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