Abandoning ship. “A growing number of Senate Democrats are signaling they are not prepared to raise taxes on anyone in the weak economy unless Congress approves a grand bargain to reduce the deficit. At least seven Democratic senators have declined to rule out supporting a temporary extension of the Bush-era income tax rates, breaking with party leaders who have called for letting the rates expire for people earning more than $1 million per year.”

Losing his front-runner status. “[T]he president now looks like a narrow underdog for reelection. Yes, a narrow underdog. . . . It is simply not enough for the president and his advisers to blame former President George W. Bush for the nation’s economic problems. Polls do show that voters believe Obama inherited a mess, and that’s why they gave him the benefit of the doubt for so long. But when voters show up at the polls in November they will not see Bush’s name on the ballot, and they will not be asked who is responsible for getting the economy into a ditch.”

Andrea Mitchell surrenders in the face of a firestorm of criticism. “On her show [Tuesday], MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell responded to criticism of the network’s decision to run an edited tape of Mitt Romney’s remarks about the Wawa convenience store chain, but the network has not clarified why it ran the edited version of the tape.” Silly goose! To make him look bad, of course.

Giving up on constitutional government, are we? “I think Obama is right that, as a matter of policy, the United States should make special provision for those brought to the United States as children by illegal-immigrant parents. But it is wrong, and possibly unconstitutional, for a president to arrogate to himself the power to pick and choose which laws his administration is going to enforce. That is banana-republic stuff. Of course, you’ll never hear his acolytes saying so. They’re too worried about him losing to object to questionable behavior on a matter as inconsequential as the rule of law.”

Time to throw overboard the president’s ludicrous Iran policy and end the fruitless talks. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee: “The P5+1 negotiations with Iran have failed again. Yet the administration still refuses to admit that the negotiations game is up. More talks are not the answer, but only a dangerous diversion. Time is rapidly running out to stop the nightmare of a nuclear-weapons-capable Iran from becoming reality. The administration and other responsible nations must abandon the current ‘lather, rinse, repeat’ incremental approach and impose game-changing sanctions to compel the regime to abandon its nuclear program now.”

You might as well throw in the towel if you have to pay hecklers. “The protesters popping up at Mitt Romney’s rallies throughout Michigan Tuesday look like run-of-the-mill grass-roots liberals — they wave signs about ‘the 99 percent,’ they chant about the Republican’s greed, and they describe themselves as a loosely organized coalition of ‘concerned citizens.’ They’re also getting paid, two of the protesters and an Obama campaign official told BuzzFeed.” Now that is funny.

Fleeing the scene. “W.V. Dem Governor, Senator to Skip Convention.”

AWOL. “No doubt Americans are war-weary today. But only a year ago, a majority of Americans in a CBS/New York Times poll believed the [Afghanistan] war was going well or, at least, somewhat well, a poll result similar to that of a Princeton/Pew survey taken the same month. Moreover, unlike Vietnam, this is not a war with hundreds of thousands of draftees fighting and tens of thousands of troop fatalities. It’s certainly true that success in putting down an insurgency takes time and patience. But it’s not true that Americans are simply too impatient a people to sustain the effort needed. Americans have engaged in prolonged wars, cold and hot, in the past. What’s key is a sense that success is possible and, in turn, a president willing to make the case that success is not only possible but necessary. Unfortunately, this is not the president we have.”