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Posted at 08:28 AM ET, 07/06/2012

Libya’s elections, Obama and ‘Carterdom,’ the politics of a sick culture and more [AM Briefing]

Tomorrow’s Libya National Assembly elections: “Although Libyan officials earlier postponed National Assembly elections by 18 days for organizational reasons, they have stuck to their new deadline. On July 7, some 2.8 million registered voters in a country of about 6.7 million people are expected to head to the polls in the country’s first national post-Gaddafi election. . . This Saturday, Libyans will vote for the 200 people who will comprise the National Assembly. Eighty seats are reserved for political parties and the other 120 seats will go to individual candidates. The scale and complexity of the election are notable: around 3,700 candidates are running and more than 140 political parties and civil society organizations are involved. The National Assembly will play an important role in moving the country forward as it will be tasked with appointing a prime minister and a group to write a new constitution,” writes CFR’s Isobel Coleman. (CFR)

Is President Obama facing Carterdom? “Obama could attempt to squeak through the election with a campaign modeled on, ironically, that of George W. Bush in 2004. Bush sowed just enough doubt about his challenger, and managed to pick off just enough swing voters in key states, to eke out victory. Obama is doing something like that now...But the economic head winds Obama is fighting are much stronger than those faced by Bush, and his approval ratings are lower. In any case, a narrow victory based on electoral salami-slicing and negative advertising would leave Obama without a clear mandate or agenda for his second term. Ask Bush how that works out,” writes Jonathan Rauch. (Washington Post)

Politico’s Arena asks: Do more GOP or Democratic Supreme Court appointments go awry? (Politico)

Will Iran crack? (LA Times)

AEI’s Jonah Goldberg: Politics and the symptoms of a sick culture. (National Review)

Ambassador Ryan Crocker: Invaluable citizens on the warfront. (Washington Post)

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