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Posted on 10/05/2011

John Rossomando on The Republican: Obama's Solyndra comments show he is out of touch with reality

Ryan Streeter on The Republican: New poll shows Tea Party pragmatism: They may not identify with Romney, but they think he can win

Video: Obama by the numbers: An infographic video tour from Powerline

Chris Christie’s announcement has settled the GOP 2012 field, like it or not

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“Christie’s announcement Tuesday that he will not join the race, while not unexpected, probably ended a long period in which many Republicans spent as much time dreaming about a candidate who wasn’t in the contest as focusing on those who were. Only former Alaska governor Sarah Palin remains as a possible late entrant, and time and interest in her candidacy are quickly running out.” - Washington Post

Screen shot 2011-10-05 at 6.32.40 AM Christie donors immediately start jumping toward Romney: “Romney talked Tuesday afternoon with Ken Langone, the Home Depot co-founder who had been the leading cheerleader for a Christie candidacy, and two senior Romney officials say he’s come on board. And veteran GOP fundraiser Georgette Mosbacher told Capital New York that she is also getting on board. New York grocery magnate John Catsimatidis is also coming out for Romney.” - Politico

  • Christie was closer to running than he let on, but he chose to stay out of the race for five reasons. - Robert Costa at NRO
  • Tom Friedman: Had Christie run, he would have forced Obama back to the center. - NYT
  • What do the polls say would have happened if Christie had chosen to run? - CNN
  • Ross Douthat: Christie’s “no” and Romney’s frontrunner status shows just how badly the GOP as an institution has failed to put forward a candidate credible enough to deal with the times we’re in. - NYT

With Christie out, all eyes are on Romney – but is he really the man for the times?

“The main question about Mr. Romney is whether his political character matches the country's huge current challenges. The former Bain Capital CEO is above all a technocrat, a man who believes in expertise as the highest political virtue…America's current problems reflect a philosophical gulf far more than they do technocratic policy differences.” - Wall Street Journal editors

Raising Cain: New CBS poll shows Cain tied with Romney at 17%

Screen shot 2011-10-05 at 6.19.16 AM “Mitt Romney and Herman Cain are now the leading preferences of Republican primary voters nationwide, followed by Rick Perry. But this is still a very fluid race; three-quarters say they could still change their minds.” - CBS (pdf)

  • GOP operatives say that a path to the White House does in fact exist for Cain. - The Daily Caller

Can they fall any lower? New WaPo/ABC poll shows yet another drop in the public’s approval of Congress

“Sixty-two percent say they “strongly disapprove” of congressional job performance. An additional 20 percent “somewhat” disapprove. Only 3 percent of Americans said they “strongly approve” of the performance of lawmakers on Capitol Hill — essentially as low as possible, given the poll’s margin of error of four percentage points.” - Washington Post

  • The poll also shows that 55% of Americans expect the Republican nominee for President to defeat Obama, while only 37% expect Obama to prevail. - Behind the Numbers at the Washington Post

Boehner to Obama: There are a few areas – tax reform and regulations especially – where we can find common ground if you’ll quit the political stunts

Screen shot 2011-10-05 at 6.21.32 AM “House Speaker John Boehner said he and Majority Leader Eric Cantor had written to President Barack Obama last week telling him there are several areas of his jobs bill on which they can work together. However, Boehner sharply chided Obama for being in ‘campaign mode’ and failing to govern with Congress ‘to help our country.’” - Newsmax

GOP 2012 update:

  • Screen shot 2011-10-05 at 6.30.55 AM Republican candidates boycotting Univision debate over the network’s treatment of Marco Rubio’s family. - Wall Street Journal
  • Romney hits Perry on immigration, but is his own record on the issue too thin to know what he really believes. - USA Today
  • Perry’s immigration record can be defended pretty easily, but Perry’s not very good at mounting the defense. - Jonathan Last at the Weekly Standard
  • Will Romney face more of a challenge in New Hampshire than we think? - TIME
  • Secretive inquiries about filing deadlines suggest Palin may still be thinking of getting in... - Politico
  • …But it may be too late as two-thirds of Republicans don’t want her to get into the race. - Politico

Democrats breathing easier after Earl Ray Tomblin hangs onto the governorship in West Virginia

“Tomblin benefited by campaigning on the record of Manchin, the most popular politician in the state. The two appeared together in Tomblin’s closing ad, and one relieved Democrat called it a ‘smart spot” that might have made the difference in the race.” - Politico

Republicans intensify scrutiny of Attorney General Eric Holder over the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal

Screen shot 2011-10-05 at 6.22.58 AM “House Republicans are calling for a special counsel to determine whether Attorney General Eric Holder misled Congress during his testimony to the House Judiciary Committee on Operation Fast and Furious.” - FoxNews | New York Times

  • The more the Fast and Furious scandal unfolds, the worse it looks for the Obama White House. - PJM

The stakes for the supercommittee are rising as Nov. 23 deadline looms

“What follows here draws on discussions with both parties and helps illustrate the choices ahead for the panel. There’s no single formula or magic set of numbers, but two political points seem clear at this stage: Any compromise on revenues will be tied to longer-term tax reforms, and if Medicare and Social Security are to face changes, then something must also be done to end the annual fire drill over payments to physicians caring for the elderly.” - Politico

Gang of one? Tom Coburn’s deficit reduction plan is exerting its influence on multiple fronts as Washington grapples with deficit reduction

Screen shot 2011-10-05 at 6.25.00 AM “[The plan] has become a primary source of deficit reduction ideas for outside groups and even Republicans on other Congressional panels, including an important oversight subcommittee of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs panel. More importantly, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) — a pivotal member of the super committee — said Coburn’s extensive proposals should be taken up by the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction.” -  Roll Call ($)

Bipartisan compromise? Both Eric Cantor and Harry Reid resist holding a vote on Obama’s jobs bill - NY Post

The Left’s Tea Party, Occupy Wall Street, unlike the real Tea Party, is having a hard time telling America what they actually believe or want

Screen shot 2011-10-05 at 6.34.53 AM “The answer is less obvious than might be expected, as there is no “official” list of demands or leader. Indeed, even big-name supporters of the movement have cited incoherent reasons when trying to spell out what has made these young people eschew their sofas, coffeehouses and showers to take to the streets.” - The Daily Caller

  • Letter to the New York protestors: “When you decided to sit in traffic and block the Brooklyn Bridge a few days ago, with that blazing pink "SMASH PATRIARCHY-SMASH CAPITALISM" sign in hand, you probably didn't see the regular people you stranded in traffic. You know, the ones with real-world concerns, business to attend to, families to go home to, et cetera. You may have read about such people during college in a book called "The Petit Bourgeoisie," or something like that. Many of us grew up calling them "the middle class." - David Freddoso at the Washington Examiner
  • Erick Erickson sends the protestors a message, too. - RedState

Recent polls showing dwindling public support for the war in Afghanistan - The Caucus at NYT

And finally…Think Hollywood has it in for Republicans? Think again. Here are 30 celebrities who choose the GOP - Zimbio

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