A big pickup for Mitt Romney. “Former [New Hampshire governor] . . . John H. Sununu on Monday will throw his considerable political influence behind Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.”
Ben Wittes picks up on a rare correction by the New York Times editorial board. Now the editors have to fix all the other inaccuracies and misstatement in covering the war on terror. A sample: “[L]eaving momentarily the realm of pure, simple, and indisputable fact, the following sentence is indefensible: ‘The government has mistakenly detained hundreds of men — that we know of — on suspicion of terrorism in the last 10 years.’ I know, it represents a kind of article of faith at the Times, but I am quite confident that no member of the Times editorial board could substantiate it. I have tracked the Guantanamo cases more closely than just about anyone, and I can honestly say that I do not ‘know of’ ‘hundreds of men’ who were ‘mistakenly detained.’ ” Read the whole thing.
Michelle Cottle picks up on Herman Cain’s numerology weirdness. “In some cases the digits 4 and 5 are only part of a figure, like the times when one of Cain’s weekly commentaries ran to 645 words or when the final leg of a campaign trip took place on Flight 1045 traveling at 45,000 feet. At times the 45 in question is only tangentially related to Cain, as when he cites a Las Vegas campaign event where he met a couple celebrating their 45th anniversary. And in one case, the key moment ultimately doesn’t have anything to do with 45 at all: at an early strategy meeting, Cain and two aides believed they were seated at table 45 in a restaurant, only to be told that there were only 43 tables total. Regardless, it all adds up to something big for Cain.”
Hillary Clinton seems to have picked up the Obama administration’s worst obsessions, especially on turning wars into crime scenes. “Well, let’s have an investigation. I fully support the United Nations’ investigation, and I fully support the Transitional National Council’s own call for an investigation. I support it on the merits because it’s important to find the facts, and I support it as part of what will be a challenging transition process.” Puleez. He was shot in the head to end a civil war. What is there to investigate?
I think the mullahs have picked up on just how unserious we are. Clinton: “So we’re going to be present in Iraq, supporting the Iraqis and continually discussing with them what their needs are. And no one should miscalculate our commitment to Iraq, most particularly Iran.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R- S.C.) picks up on the sad reality of this administration. “I would argue that Iraq and Afghanistan are being run out of Chicago, not Washington, in terms of decisions.”
Shockingly, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) picks up on an important point in the debate that may explain why some voters reacted so negatively to Perry’s attack: “I mean, arguing over who mows Mitt Romney’s lawn. In the midst of a crisis, a sovereign debt worldwide crisis, the biggest in the history of the world, and the financial system of the world is about to collapse. We’re about to have another devaluation of … our credit rating. This is serious, and no control in the spending. We’re going to have to get a hand on this. We have to quit worrying over who’s mowing Mitt Romney’s yard.”
At least one more Arab country picks up the habits of democracy. “In Tunisia’s first elections since the nation toppled its leader and sparked the Arab Spring uprisings in January, much larger-than-expected crowds turned out to vote in what looks likely to be the freest and fairest elections ever held in the Middle East. More important than the matter of who wins Sunday will be the process of carrying out a democratic election in a region that has mostly known dictators for decades, a process that Tunisians were proudly willing to wait in long lines to see through. “