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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 08/29/2012

Morning Bits

What about Lebanon? “Apparently, [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu sent a message to the Lebanese government — via a ‘Western diplomat’ — to the effect that Israel will not tolerate Hezbollah attacks against its citizens, even if it means full-scale retaliation that includes the bombing of much of the country’s infrastructure. This is a huge deal.” Read the whole thing.

What about that Connecticut Senate race?! “Connecticut likely voters put Republican former wrestling executive Linda McMahon on the right side of a 49 - 46 percent too-close-to-call U.S. Senate race against Democratic U.S. Rep. Christopher Murphy, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.”

What about the “mystery” speaker? I’m going with Nancy Reagan.

What about after the convention? “The [Romney] aides, in outlining their strategy for the days after Tampa, said they believed the campaign would be able to aggressively target some states considered safely Democratic — including Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin . . . Neil Newhouse, the senior pollster for the Romney campaign, said they were looking to make gains with so-called ‘Wal-Mart moms’ — white, suburban mothers from suburban swing states.”

What about that anti-Romney sentiment on the right? “With a political past pockmarked with moderate policies and pronouncements that he shed in recent years, Romney maintained an awkward arm’s-length relationship with the Tea Party movement throughout the primaries and caucuses. But his choice of Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate has improved his standing with the advocates of minimal government, the vanguard of what many of them consider to be a ‘hostile takeover’ of the Republican Party, based on purist conservative fiscal principles.” Actually, watching President Obama pummeling Romney on Bain helped a lot too.

What about those convention speakers? “New Jersey’s [Chris] Christie has become one of the Republican Party’s rising stars in recent years, and his tough, no-nonsense stances and blunt style of talking have generated discussions of the possibility of his running for president himself. He has become somewhat better known to Americans over the last year and a half, and his image remains more positive than negative, both overall and among independents.. . . Ann Romney is even better liked than Christie, although positive opinions of first ladies or prospective first ladies are generally the norm.”

What about Syria? Obama can’t be bothered. “The Obama administration’s ‘lead from behind’ foreign policy is having the same impact in Syria this year as in Libya last year: It is providing an opening for France to usurp the traditional American role as the leading outside power in the Middle East. While the bodies pile up in Syria, President Obama limits his support to the Syrian opposition to the rhetorical realm–backed up by the dispatch of a couple dozen computers.”

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