The [Monday] Papers
Is it possible to already be hopelessly behind on the second day of the year?
Yes. Because evil doesn't take a vacation.
And don't forget:
"The full council approves the deal 40-5, with the nays coming from Toni Preckwinkle, Leslie Hairston, Rey Colon, Waguespack, and Ocasio. Five aldermen - Shiller, Carothers, George Cardenas, Ariel Reboyras, and Sandi Jackson - manage to miss the vote."
8. Iowa Caucus Pundit Summary:
If Mitt Romney wins, he doesn't really win because that's what was expected. So the second-place finisher wins. Unless that's Ron Paul. Ron Paul never wins. Even if he wins.
If Rick Santorum wins, he doesn't really win because he'll be next in line for media scrutiny and opponents' attack ads that will see him sink faster than Newt, Herman and Michelle. So Santorum is better off finishing second - or even a strong third.
If Michelle Bachmann wins, she doesn't really win because no one will take it seriously. Finishing third would seem like less of a fluke.
Jon Huntsman either wins by not competing in Iowa or loses by not competing in Iowa. But you don't really win if you don't compete in Iowa.
If Newt Gingrich wins, he doesn't really win because he's been so damaged. And if Newt Gingrich doesn't win, he also loses because he's so damaged.
If Rick Perry wins, he doesn't really win because nobody takes him seriously anymore. He's really vying for the Santorum-Bachmann second- or third-place finish.
In other words, no one wins Iowa - though some survive. It's really a pundit primary.
9. Obama acts like he's trying to win the Republican nomination.
"Asked to describe the circumstances under which the Constitution permits a president to order the targeted killing of a citizen who has not been sentenced to death by a court, Mr. Gingrich, Mr. Huntsman, Mr. Perry and Mr. Romney all said that a president could order the killing of a citizen who joins an enemy force that is at war with the United States, at least under certain conditions," the New York Times reports.
"My preference would be to capture, interrogate, and prosecute any U.S. citizen who has engaged in acts of war against the United States," Mr. Romney wrote. "But if necessary to defend the country, I would be willing to authorize the use of lethal force."
One reason to hope Ron Paul gets the nomination: To see him debate these kinds of issues with constitutional law lecturer Barack Obama.
Two other Republican candidates, Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum, did not answer the questions. Mr. Obama did not either; his re-election campaign said he had "pursued policies that strengthen our security" while "upholding our laws and values" and suggested that he would debate such matters in greater detail after Republicans chose his opponent.
10. Obama better not be pinning his re-election hopes on a campaign theme of defending the middle class; that constituency is now way too small to qualify as a base. We've got some better ideas.
The Beachwood Tip Line: Ask for Black Horseshoe.
Posted on January 2, 2012
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