Morning Bits

I don’t think this is going to help. “Senior Senate Democrats are growing frustrated by what they see as President Obama’s passivity on the economy, and are beginning to discuss a large infrastructure package funded by tax increases.”

Anthony Weiner goes for help after top Dems tell him to resign. “Defying forceful demands for his resignation, Representative Anthony D. Weiner of New York said on Saturday that he was entering a psychological treatment center and seeking a leave of absence from the House to deal with a pattern of reckless online behavior with women. . . . But Mr. Weiner’s plan did not satisfy exasperated Democratic leaders, who have been trying to persuade him that he is damaging himself, his family and his party by remaining a member of the House.”

You can’t help but think “lamestream media”: “Sarah Palin e-mails provide no big bombshells.”

The jobs outlook is not going to help the president’s reelection prospects. “The nation’s high joblessness, already a problem for President Barack Obama as he seeks reelection next year, is shaping up to be a particular burden in a handful of key swing states where the unemployment rate is above the national average. In four states that may prove key to the Obama reelection strategy — Florida, Nevada, North Carolina and Michigan — the jobless picture is bleak. In three of the four, the rate tops 10%.”

This sure won’t help either: “Wall Street limped to a six-week losing streak Friday, its longest since 2002, reflecting a gathering sentiment among investors that the economic recovery is going awry.”

It might help improve our image in the Middle East if the administration could “figure out where it stands on Bashar al-Assad.” Lee Smith recounts that “for Obama, engaging Damascus was always about more than just particular policies. It was emblematic of a worldview that showed just how different he was from his predecessor. When George W. Bush withdrew the U.S. ambassador from Damascus, it was wrong — even if the cessation of full diplomatic relations was done to put the Syrians on notice after their alleged involvement in the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri. Syria helped kill U.S. soldiers in Iraq, and backed Hezbollah and Hamas. But none of that, not even the fact that Damascus sought to build a nuclear weapons program in secret, could convince Obama that there were limits to talking with enemies.”

This should help dispel the idea that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is a Sarah Palin clone. “‘ I’m also an Art Laffer fiend — we’re very close . . . . And [Ludwig] von Mises. I love von Mises,’ getting excited and rattling off some of his classics like ‘Human Action’ and ‘Bureaucracy.’ ‘When I go on vacation and I lay on the beach, I bring von Mises.’ ” It seems she has a grasp of what caused the financial meltdown, the problem with “ debasing of the currency” and the right message for the House Medicare reform plan (“the 55-and-Under Plan”). The guys had better watch out; she’s likely to take Iowa — and more.

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

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