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Inquiring minds want to know if “the U.S.-Turkish alliance is so crucial, why didn’t Obama demand that Erdoğan immediately restore relations with Israel — and remind him that the deaths on the Mavi Marmara were Turkey’s fault?”

Sen. Mitch McConnell -Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
Sen. Mitch McConnell -Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

President Obama seems not to mind that “Turkey is believed to have emerged in recent years as one of the primary patrons of the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. In December 2011, Erdoğan reportedly ‘instructed the Ministry of Finance to allocate $300 million to be sent to Hamas’ government in Gaza.’ Since then, Turkey has reportedly provided Hamas with funds for hospitals, mosques, and schools in the Gaza Strip, with other resources to help rebuild the territory, particularly after the Hamas war with Israel in November 2012.

It seems a lot of Dems did mind running a Hollywood actress for Senate from Kentucky. “After months of heated speculation, actress Ashley Judd has reportedly decided not to mount a bid for Senate in Kentucky as a Democrat.”  A debate between her and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) would have been something, huh?

Mind you, it is still early and the attacks have yet to begin. “In the first public poll released since Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling announced he wouldn’t mount an independent bid to be Virginia’s next governor, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe remain locked in a tight, head-to-head race.”

Meanwhile, unlike national conservatives, Virginia Republicans don’t mind a raise in sales tax to pay for a historic transportation plan. “Gov. Bob McDonnell gets a static 53 – 26 percent job approval rating, compared to his 53 – 28 percent in Quinnipiac University’s February 20 survey.”

Never mind the merits of DOMA, the Supreme Court blasts the administration for game-playing. “‘I don’t see why he doesn’t have the courage of his convictions,’ Chief Justice John Roberts said of Obama’s decision to continue following the law, even though he believes it is unconstitutional. Justice Antonin Scalia said the legal system appears to be ‘living in this brave new world’ in which the Justice Department can simply opt out of its traditional responsibility to defend federal laws in the courts. He questioned who has the power to decide the government will not defend a particular law.”

ABC doesn’t mind the controversy — Good Morning America is first in the ratings. “Entreaty to [ Anderson] Cooper Suggests Shake-Up at ‘Today.’”

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.
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Jennifer Rubin | March 27, 2013