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Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.), far from getting too little coverage, has gotten too much. “Ron Paul said Monday that President Barack Obama’s targeted killing of Anwar al-Awlaki might be an impeachable offense.”

Far from expeditiously Obama finally submits the three trade deals. I guess it wasn’t Congress that was holding things up. The speaker of the House: “I am pleased the Obama Administration has finally done its part and sent these important trade pacts to Congress. Now that all three agreements have been transmitted, they will be a top priority for the House. We will quickly begin the required process to consider these bills and intend to vote on them consecutively and in tandem with Senate-passed [trade assistance] legislation.” The three agreements were signed in 2006 and 2007.

Far from honoring science, Obama is spouting nonsense on battery cars that “get 130 miles to the gallon.” Thunk. Imagine if a Republican said that. Mickey Kaus: “The possibilities here are a) he’s well-informed; b) he’s being fed wildly optimistic estimates of the sort he wants to hear; c) he doesn’t really know what he’s talking about at all; or d) he’s BS’ing.” Mickey picks “b.” I’ll take “c.”

Far from perfect, at least Italy’s legal system is better than its financial system. “A court here overturned the homicide convictions of American Amanda Knox and a co-defendant on Monday and ordered them freed, ending a sensationally lurid trial of murder and rough sex that made Ms. Knox notorious on both sides of the Atlantic.” Unjustly notorious, that is.

From from clear what was “insensitive,” then. (The rock itself?) “Speaking outside Trump Tower today, Herman Cain dismissed the idea that he was trying to paint Rick Perry as a racist by having called Perry ‘insensitive’ yesterday when asked about the ‘[N-word]head’ rock on property Perry had leased.” The Romney team is keeping their mouths shut and heads down, just chugging along.

Far from intimidating, Obama’s utterances give the GOP contenders new material every day. “Well, I don’t think [Americans] are better off than they were four years ago.”

Far from a handicap, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s weight is an asset says Ruth Marcus. “There is an Everyman aspect to a pudgy male pol. He can lament his weight without being humiliated by it.”

Far from him is where she’ll be. “McCaskill won’t be in Missouri Tuesday for President Obama’s visit.” You’re going to see a lot of that in 2012.

Far from determinative this is still horrible news for Perry. “Cain is now running in second place in Florida now that his support surged nearly 19 percentage points after last month’s Republican Party of Florida’s Presidency 5 debate and straw poll, according to a survey of likely Florida voters conducted by Gainesville-based War Room Logistics, which typically polls for Republicans. Meantime, Perry’s support plummeted nearly 16 percentage points. . . . Romney’s support grew a modest 3 percentage points, to 28 percent. Romney also remains the best general-election candidate against President Obama, according to the poll. Romney trails him 42-48 – the smallest margin. Against all the other Republican candidates, Obama cracks the magic 50 percent threshold.”

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


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