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A broken clock is right twice a day. “Dan Rather: Gingrich [is] like a ‘wounded wolverine.’”

Mitt Romney would have saved himself some grief by getting this out earlier in the day. “In a late-afternoon memo, Mitt Romney’s campaign pushed back on reports that have gone on since mid-morning about his comment on liking ‘to fire people’ who don’t provide good services. The comment, they noted, is being taken out of context, and was originally made in terms of getting rid of a health care provider that’s doing a bad job.” And, yes, the liberal media’s willful distortion to help the “home team” is blatant.

One day the Republicans will stop grousing about media bias and learn to use it to their advantage. William McGurn: “On Saturday night, Mr. Stephanopoulos stepped outside the role of honest interlocutor when he pursued Mitt Romney with the issue on nobody’s lips or legislative agenda: whether states have the right to ban contraception. Likewise, fellow moderator Diane Sawyer, who asked Republicans what they would say, ‘sitting in their living rooms,’ to a gay couple. . . . Nevertheless, Mr. Romney trumped. He didn’t shy away from the substance, confirming that he favors repeal of Roe v. Wade and explaining the constitutional way to oppose court decisions when you believe one has been wrongly decided. But when he dismissed the whole line of questioning as ‘silly,’ he made Mr. Stephanopoulos look ridiculous.” He sure did.

On a day when Romney was bashed for creating companies, Obama hired someone more responsible for the housing crisis than Newt Gingrich. “From 2006-2008, Jack Lew was chief operating officer of Citibank’s alternative investments division. And it was his division that made billions of dollars betting ‘U.S. homeowners would not be able to make their mortgage payments,’ as the Huffington Post reported.”

William Daley probably regrets the day he took the job. “Obama shifted even further to the left with Daley running the West Wing during the past year. The president a) gave the brush off to his own debt panel, b) offered no long-term debt plan, c) sat on his hands when the NLRB tried to stop Boeing from opening a plant in South Carolina, d) offered same-old, same-old Stimulus 2.0, e) tried to raise taxes on the wealthy/business/entrepreneurs, and f) decided to try and win reelection through a campaign of class warfare. Mission accomplished, Bill.”

Yesterday was quite a red-letter day for Romney: “While Mitt Romney’s rivals criticize his tenure at Bain Capital, the two founders of Bain’s most notable successes, Sports Authority and Staples, say his experience best equips him to serve as the nation’s next president.” And then he snagged Jack Welch’s endorsement.

A day doesn’t go by when the First Amendment doesn’t tick off Sen. John McCain: “Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said that the unrestrained spending on attack ads by super PACs is having a ‘damaging effect’ on the Republican field of candidates, and worried that it might be a ‘real danger’ to the eventual nominee in the general election.” (It reminds you Romney isn’t the first front-runner to give the base fits.)

If he could do this every day he’d be in good shape. “At a packed primary-eve rally here, an unusually feisty Mitt Romney did something he almost never does on the campaign trail: he veered dramatically off-script to engage a rowdy occupier in the crowd.”

The base longs for the day it can crown the winner. Never happens. “Evangelical leaders unlikely to derail Romney with a ‘consensus’ candidate.” Darn democracy!

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


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