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Right Turn
Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 09/05/2012

Morning Bits

So is he now going to vote against the president? “Liberal Harvard professor finds Democratic platform omissions on Israel ‘deeply troubling.’” Alan Dershowitz said, “the omissions are troubling — particularly the omission about the Palestinian refugee issue and Hamas are, I think, deeply troubling,” Yet no buyer’s remorse from him for supporting President Obama.

So will the press now ignore “likability”? Mitt Romney now plus ten in likability after the Republican National Convention. But the economy still stinks.

So will the media ask the Obama team about “picking winners and losers”? “The Obama campaign rolled out the red carpet this week for a former top Energy Department official who was at the center of the ill-fated government loan to Solyndra, a California solar panel firm that wound up in bankruptcy. Steven J. Spinner joined other top fundraisers for a VIP tour of the Democratic National Convention floor in Charlotte Monday evening, posing and waving for a photographer while standing behind the podium. When he saw ABC News cameras, however, he ran for the exit.” The running was a good idea.

So what’s Obama’s plan to get it back to where it was when he entered office? The National Debt clock keeps on ticking.

So who still thinks Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was a terrible pick for Romney? Hmmm. Seems like he is a heck of a lot more popular than Vice President Joe Biden.

So fact checkers don’t control the election? “Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell warned Democrats today that the Republican attack alleging that President Barack Obama gutted the welfare work requirement is taking hold. ‘It’s starting to resonate,’ he told the Maryland delegation at a breakfast. ‘It’s starting to affect blue-collar white voters.’ Rendell predicted that pushing back on the widely criticized attack will be a central component of the last Democratic president’s speech.” And we all know how sincere Bill Clinton can be when he puts on his game face.

So whose bright idea was it to invite one of the least successful governors in the country, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D)? “Quinn, like Obama, has shown no interest in reforming unsustainable entitlement programs. Facing a massive budget hole, he championed the largest income-tax increase in the country through his state legislature. Those who expected this 67 percent personal income-tax increase, coupled with the nation’s fourth-highest corporate-income tax rate, to shore up the state’s vastly underfunded pension system were mistaken; Quinn simply ignored a required $4 billion pension payment, leaving the system in shambles with no path to solvency. Much to Quinn’s chagrin, Governor [Scott] Walker has delighted in contrasting his record with that of his neighbor to the south, and the two approaches could not be more different.”

So did Karl Rove infiltrate the DNC? “The Democratic National Convention has signaled from the start an unapologetic, and at times, confrontational, liberalism, marked by details like the presence of reproductive rights activist Sandra Fluke. A video that showed on the convention floor Tuesday night offered an unusually direct embrace of the role of government in American life: ‘Government,’ says the narrator, ‘is the only thing that we all belong to.’” We belong to the government?!

By  |  07:45 AM ET, 09/05/2012

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