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Question of the Day
APOLOGY REVIEWS ARE IN
While the spell of the Oscars lingers, so do reactions to President Obama’s recent apology to Afghanistan for the accidental burning of 70 Korans by servicemen on refuse detail. Anti-American rioting followed in the aftermath; some 25 people have died in the unrest, including two U.S. servicemen.
“Why apologize to Afghanistan? The reaction to an accidental Koran-burning was inexcusable. We have officially lost our minds.” (Andrew C. McCarthy, senior fellow at the National Review Institute).
“The killing of two U.S. military officers by a gunman inside Afghanistans heavily guarded Interior Ministry … has complicated President Obama’s plans to accelerate the NATO troop withdrawal and hand some operations over to the new Afghan army by mid-2013. The challenge facing Obama is even more difficult, both strategically and politically, because his administration is preparing another apology to neighboring Pakistan over the errant NATO strikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers last fall.” (National Journal chief correspondentMichael Hirsh)
“The disgusting spectacle of President Obama personally — the usual first-person verbiage again in play — apologizing to murderous Afghan Muslims for the Koran book burning, without condemning the murder of American soldiers, is a new low in failed leadership.” (Michael Ledeen, contributor to Pajamas Media.).
ANN’S HUBBY WRANGLING
Whenever Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney utters some passing aside that implies he’s really just a rich guy out of touch with America, the press salivates. A gaffe. How splendid. Romney rivals grin, their canine teeth exposed. Pollsters dream up yet another question about class warfare.
Then there’s Ann. As in Ann Romney. Even after her earnest, sometimes hapless hubby let it slip during a Detroit speech that his wife had not one but two Cadillacs, she was there, re-directing traffic. Well, at least he didn’t say she had a pair of Ferraris. Or a chauffeur.
“Maybe I should just do all the talking and let him just stand here and watch me,” Mrs. Romney later told a conservative crowd, adding, “I’ve also decided: No more debates. If we’re going to do another debate, he’s going to sit in the audience and watch me. And that’ll be it.”
WHAT THE GOVS THINK
When evening falls on post-primary Michigan on Tuesday, will Republican hopeful Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum emerge the victor?
“Romney,” Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder tells Bloomberg News. “It’s close. He’s made a lot of progress in the last week or so, in terms of the polling. And, importantly, he’s getting an opportunity now to get around Michigan and talk about what he’s achieved and where he wants to head, and that’s the important thing.”
Meanwhile, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker won’t endorse any fellow Republicans before April.
“I’ve got a recall coming up. I haven’t picked a candidate, but I think in the end, conventional wisdom in our state is still Mitt Romney will be the nominee and that he’ll do very well in Wisconsin,” Mr. Walker says.
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