Morning Bits

Further evidence that the strength and wonder of America is not found in government. “The U.S. oil production boom will soon hit another milestone: monthly domestic production is on track to surpass crude oil imports later in 2013 for the first time since 1995. And then the gap will keep growing, according to the Energy Department’s independent statistical arm, which provides a look at the soon-to-cross lines here.”

Reince Priebus

Reince Priebus in January 2011, after winning election as Republican National Committee chairman (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press)

More proof of a sea change in the GOP. “At a panel discussion Wednesday featuring some of the most prominent conservatives in the House, the lawmakers seemed to agree with the basic tenets of reform that have been discussed thus far, including increased border security and a pathway to legalization and citizenship for the undocumented immigrants already in the U.S.”

Data to show the president would have the support of the American people if he acted against Iran. “Currently, 64% say it is more important to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, even if it means taking military action; 25% say it is more important to avoid a military conflict with Iran, even if it means they may develop nuclear weapons.”

The president overstated the facts and Democrats are paying a price. “Democrats Come Up Short In Sequestration Standoff.”

The more information they get about the report, the better it looks to a lot of conservatives. “Those who believe their main purpose in life is to expel heretics from the temple–who believe in addition by subtraction and purity over prudence–are going to make a lot of noise and issue a lot of threats. They’ll cite the Constitution without ever recognizing that it was the product of an extraordinary series of political compromises. And they will repeatedly invoke the name of Reagan even as they come across in most un-Reagan-like ways. . . . They are fading figures, and on some deep level they recognize it. The good news for the GOP is that political fortunes can shift fairly dramatically. But this will require an honest appraisal of this moment in time. The RNC’s Growth and Opportunity Project does that, and for that reason alone it’s a useful contribution to the Republican future.”

There certainly are grounds for optimism that the House is unifying. “House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan‘s latest plan looks poised to win converts. When the House votes Thursday on the budget from the Wisconsin Republican’s committee, some who rejected last year’s tax-and-spending blueprint will be changing their vote. An informal panel of some of the House’s most conservative GOP lawmakers expressed nearly unified support for the main House Republican budget, which aims to eliminate the annual federal deficit within 10 years.” A House divided can not stand – up to the president, that is.

President Obama will be looking for corroboration of Syria’s use of chemical weapons until the cows come home, I suspect. Otherwise he might have to do something. “Mr. Obama, speaking alongside Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Israel, said the White House intends to ‘investigate thoroughly, exactly what happened.’”

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