If Rick Santorum knows how to land a punch during the debate, this could get really interesting. He says of Texas Gov. Rick Perry: “We don’t need another president who ignores reality for ideology.” Maybe his slogan should be: “Santorum: The reality-based conservative.”

But, you know, if Perry thinks that “it was wrong for this Administration to suggest the 1967 borders should be the starting point for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations,” he’s at least on the right track. Moreover, this part of the speech is on the money: “[W]e see in this American Administration a willingness to isolate a close ally and to do so in a manner that is insulting and naïve.”

I don’t know why it should be a problem for Perry to say, “As a Christian, I have a clear directive to support Israel.” Religious faith is a pretty solid reason for supporting Israel. (It speaks volumes about the state of liberal Jewish thinking that an “explicit religious appeal is the sort of comment that could displease Jewish voters.” Sigh.

Iran knows what the Palestinian Authority is up to. Iran’s ambassador to Egypt: “We see the need for the return of any inch of Palestine to his companions, but we support it and consider it something positive and necessary, and if requested by the Palestinian government officially recognized, this right of their rights must be respected, especially that this request is a step to wipe out Israel.”

We all know Obama’s debt plan is filled with gimmicks that avoid real spending cuts. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) shows us the numbers.

Gov. Mike Huckabee knows both Perry and Romney. “Huckabee has still been critical of Romney — particularly for the health care bill he spearheaded as Massachusetts governor — but that criticism has been notably more muted than the attacks Huckabee has lodged against Perry. . . . . In the end, Huckabee’s willingness to rhetorically battle with Perry is an extremely helpful development for Romney. While Huckabee may not endorse him any time soon, the former Arkansas governor’s role as an anti-Perry pitbull could cause severe problems for Perry.”

We know Obama’s problems may get worse before they get better, if they ever do. “President Barack Obama faces a litany of bad news. The president’s job approval rating, his favorability, and his rating on the economy have hit all-time lows. To compound matters, three in four Americans still believe the nation is in a recession and the proportion who thinks the country is moving in the wrong direction is at its highest point in more than a decade. According to this McClatchy-Marist Poll, the president’s approval rating is at 39% among registered voters nationally, an all-time low for Mr. Obama. For the first time a majority — 52% — disapproves of the job he is doing in office, and 9% are unsure.”

You know that when Reuters sounds like National Review, Obama is in trouble. “President Barack Obama’s plan to tame U.S. budget deficits probably relies too much on ending wars and too little on tackling health care spending to impress Wall Street credit rating agencies. . . . . ‘It’s not real reform, and so you really need to do more substantive things that have a longer-term impact,’ said David Walker, a former U.S. comptroller general who has been outspoken on the need to tighten the nation’s belt. ‘They’re going to have to do more credible things.’ ”