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“President Obama’s leadership has been a continued failure, and last week’s credit-rating downgrade for America proves it. Obama has left America home alone — no adult on the premises, no leader in the White House,” says presidential hopeful Rick Santorum.

“America has a president that refuses to lead during a time when leadership is critical to our country’s future and the future of all of our families. As a father of seven, I know that juggling responsibilities and setting priorities can be trying, but it is a trait we must have in our president.”

ARNOLD-A-VISION

“I survived Maria.”

That is the motto on a t-shirt worn by former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger while he was out biking in Santa Monica, Calif., on Sunday.

Yeah, well. The public didn’t care for it. In an instant online poll of 60,000 respondents conducted by the gossip site TMZ.com, 79 percent said it was “disrespectful” to his soon-to-be ex-wife Maria Shriver, while 21 percent deemed it “innocent.”

GORE-A-VISION

More evidence that Al Gore is ramping up Current TV to be a major presence during the 2012 presidential bout. He wants clout. The former vice president founded the progressive cable news channel five years ago as a kind of hybrid enclave for moody news and hipster prattle. Two months ago, at considerable expense, he hired former MSNBC heavyweight mouth Keith Olbermann as a prime-time host and “chief news officer.”

Now Mr. Gore has raided CNN, hiring veteran David Bohrman as Current’s new president. Among many things, Mr. Bohrman served as CNN’s senior vice president of programming and Washington bureau chief.

Though Mr. Gore got indecorous over global-warming skeptics and uttered “b-[expletive]” multiple times during a recent speech at the Aspen Institute, he got lofty about his network. So look out, now. Mr. Gore now insists that Current’s mission is “to shine a light on important issues, to spark debate and to speak truth to power.”

POLL DU JOUR

• 60 percent of Americans say the economy is in a downturn and “continues to worsen.”

• 82 percent of tea partyers, 71 percent of Republicans, 71 percent of conservatives, 44 percent of Democrats and 51 percent of liberals agree.

• 50 percent overall disapprove of the recent debt-ceiling agreement between Congress and President Obama.

• 74 percent of tea partyers, 62 percent of Republicans, 62 percent of conservatives, 29 percent of Democrats and 39 percent of liberals also disapprove.

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