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There’s no fool like an old fool. “On the Kite Strings of a Vice President.”

Scarce as hen’s teeth when he comes to town.“Don’t look for Democrats in fiercely contested Virginia legislative elections to join President Barack Obama as he brings his campaign-style American Jobs Act bus tour to three cities there. For that matter, don’t expect Tim Kaine, the former Democratic National Committee chairman and Virginia’s governor two years ago, to join his old ally either.”

Familiarity breeds contempt. “In tight Virginia races, Democrats cutting ties to Obama.”

What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. “If, in the 2012 election, Republicans are able to maintain control of the House, pick up the majority in the Senate (a real possibility) but not a 60-vote supermajority, and win the White House (looking more possible by the day), the GOP would be in position to set in motion a reconciliation bill to repeal and replace Obamacare — and they wouldn’t need any Democratic cooperation to make it happen. The fact that leading Republican presidential candidates have now said that reconciliation is an option is a big deal, as it makes it very clear to all concerned that there is a clear path to victory for Obamacare opponents.” Read the whole thing.

Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. I doubt Americans are going to fall for his unity shtick a second time. “For Obama to sermonize on Saturday about civility and speak words that heal rather than wound while spending the rest of the weak leveling charges that are indecent and meant to wound rather than heal demonstrates a level of cynicism, or self-delusion, that is almost hard to comprehend, even for one who has witnessed the Obama Act for several years now.”

They lie like a rug when liberals claim income inequality has exploded. James Pethokoukis has the facts and figures.

CLASS is dead as a doornail. But Andrea McArdles says that is small comfort: “It is, of course, great news that the administration has not actually gone forward and implemented an unsustainable program that would have had disastrous effects on the federal budget. But it’s not great news that HHS has found that the program was just as disastrous as conservatives said it was . . . yet a Democratic Congress, deep in the passion of their historic moment, passed the damn thing anyway. It’s in fact deeply troubling. The problems with CLASS were known from day one, but no one listened, because it gave them good numbers to sell their program politically. . . . For if the CLASS Act is genuinely what those legislators and that administration consider a good idea, we might as well just hand over our wallets and pray.”

A blessing in disguise. When Newt Gingrich’s staff upped and left he got his second wind. Howard Kurtz writes: “Don’t look now, but the bombastic ex-speaker has snuck into third place in the polls.” So far that group isn’t doing Rick Perry any favors either.

Pride cometh before a fall. “Republican presidential contender Herman Cain used campaign funds to buy his own books from his motivational speaking company, Federal Election Commission records show. Although his autobiography was published by a division of Simon & Schuster Inc., Cain paid Stockbridge, Georgia-based T.H.E New Voice Inc. $36,511 for books. His campaign spent $4 million through Sept. 30, including more than $64,000 paid to his motivational speaking company for airfare, lodging and supplies, as well as the books.”

Trying to have their cake and eat it, too. “After the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent a recent email urging supporters to sign a petition backing the wave of Occupy Wall Street protests, phones at the party committee started ringing. Banking executives personally called the offices of DCCC Chairman Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) and DCCC Finance Chairman Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) last week demanding answers, three financial services lobbyists told POLITICO. ‘They were livid,’ said one Democratic lobbyist with banking clients. . . . Democrats’ friends on Wall Street have a message for them: you can’t have it both ways.” Well, I imagine Sen. Chuck Schumer will whisper sweet nothings in their ears, knowing a fool and his money are soon parted.

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


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