Morning Bits

Maybe all those national polls really are irrelevant. Watch Iowa: “Herman Cain, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are in a dead heat as the top choices for Iowans likely to attend the Jan. 3 Republican presidential caucuses.”

Watch for the Newt Gingrich stories. “If the press decides to pursue the angles, there could be six Newt enterprise/investigative pieces a day. If the Romney campaign decides it wants to take Gingrich down, there could be eight.”

Watch for the Gingrich flip-flop lists. “There’s something very odd about the sudden emergence of former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich as the GOP’s leading ‘not Romney’ candidate. No, not that he’s a twice-divorced admitted adulterer gaining traction in a party dominated by God-fearing social conservatives. . . . Asked recently by Fox News why conservatives should prefer him over Romney, Gingrich tried to play up that image. ‘First of all, I have a lifetime record of being a consistent conservative,’ he said. Except that . . . he doesn’t. Through the years, Gingrich has demonstrated a willingness to cravenly flip-flop in ways that might make Romney blush.”

Watch out if there is a second term, warns Democrat and former peace-process maven Aaron David Miller: “[I]f Obama is re-elected, buckle your seat belts. It’s going to be a wild ride with the Israelis. . . . Obama doesn’t just have a Bibi problem, he’s got an Israel problem. Obama is not anti-Israel, but unlike his two predecessors — Bill Clinton and George W. Bush — he’s not in love with the idea of Israel.” It would be nice if other pro-Israel Democrats were as honest.

Watch for Herman Cain’s poll numbers to drop some more. “Collective bargaining, Libya, tax reform, Pelosi — seriously, when was the last time Herman Cain took a position he didn’t have to correct?” Well, there were all those errors he refused to correct.

Watch for the left to lose interest in OWS really quick. “Protesters will not be allowed to bring tents and overnight gear to Zuccotti Park, a Manhattan judge ruled today, dealing a huge blow to the Occupy Wall Street movement that had called the place home for the past two months. ‘The [protesters] have not demonstrated that they have a First Amendment right to remain in Zuccotti Park, along with their tents, structures, generators and other installations to the exclusion of the owner’s reasonable rights and duties to maintain Zuccotti Park, or to the rights to public access of others who might wish to use the space safely,’ Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Michael Stallman wrote in a four-page decision.

Watch for lots more talk about Solyndra. “The Obama administration urged officers of the struggling solar company Solyndra to postpone announcing planned layoffs until after the November 2010 midterm elections, newly released e-mails show.”

Watch for maneuvers to avoid sequestration of defense spending. “The 82%: New poll results show that 82 percent of respondents do not want the super committee to cut spending on defense programs, including programs for soldiers and veterans. In addition, the POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll shows that more Americans would oppose efforts by the super committee to cut defense than would oppose the committee’s efforts to cut entitlement programs.”

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

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