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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) isn’t rushing. “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., admitted Monday that the Senate floor was “pretty well jammed now,” suggesting that there may not be time to move on the bill until next month.”

Pundits should stop rushing to crown the front-runner. The GOP presidential primary race seems pretty fluid right now.

Maybe President Obama shouldn’t rush to get those “blame Bush” ads up. “A slight majority of Americans for the first time blame President Obama either a great deal (24%) or a moderate amount (29%) for the nation’s economic problems.” More blame George W. Bush, but he’s not on the ballot.

Tim Kaine, running for the Senate in Virginia, is hiding. “An aide cautioned that Kaine is in no rush and will wait for the ‘jockeying’ to subside before deciding whether he can support the particulars” of Obama’s jobs plan. Wow, what a leader.

Obama is rushing to the left and losing the center. “Obama sparks middle-of-road rage.” Now can the GOP capi­tal­ize on that foolishness and forge a center-right coalition?

Don’t rush to make this a two-man race quite yet. Karl Rove: “Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has, along with Mr. Romney, been the most consistently impressive debater. Getting into scraps with other candidates has helped, and he’s had strong, even Reaganesque, moments on foreign policy. His challenge tonight is to get a shot at Iowa by shouldering aside Ms. Bachmann as the social conservative favorite.”

An effort to rush through a funding bill fails. “In a rebuke to GOP leaders, the House on Wednesday rejected a measure providing $3.7 billion for disaster relief as part of a bill to keep the government running through mid-November. The surprise 230-195 defeat came at the hands of Democrats and tea party Republicans. Democrats were opposed because the measure contains $1.5 billion in cuts to a government loan program to help car companies build fuel-efficient vehicles. For their part, many GOP conservatives felt the underlying bill permits spending at too high a rate.”

He shouldn’t be rushing to measure the Oval Office drapes quite yet. “Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) says he would consider putting the liberal congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) in his Cabinet if he were to win the presidency in 2012. Paul said his libertarian political philosophy helps him connect with some on the far left — including Kucinich, who shares Paul’s general anti-war stance.” So no more guilt-tripping the media for not treating Paul like a real contender.

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


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