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Santorum, Romney and Republican Lawmakers Attacks on Women

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Talking Points Memo has posted an article about a homemade bomb explosion at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Grand Chute, Wisconsin last night.  The FBI has now entered the investigation to assist local law enforcement.

Peddling Armageddon for Votes

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While Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack Obama engage at the White House in ticklish negotiations over responding to Iran's nuclear program, and the strongly pro-Israel pressure group AIPAC is meeting, Mitt Romney writes a bellicose op-ed for The Washington Post, and, along with two other Republican candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, delivers an extraordinarily inflammatory speech to AIPAC on the same Iranian nuclear program. Romney and the Republican stable (except for Ron Paul) are engaged in an obvious effort to curry favor with what they perceive as "the Jewish vote" by meddling in foreign policy and undermining a sitting President at the most crucial point in negotiations, thus politicizing American foreign relations for personal partisan advantage.

The GOP has engaged in such endeavors in the past, of course, but this time it has an especially dangerous edge, so dangerous that a former head of the Mossad, Israel's fiendishly effective intelligence service, spoke up condemning Romney's op-ed in The Huffington Post. Efraim Halevy said that Romney, "by forecasting his military intentions---- and claiming that Obama would not act the same way" is "telling the Iranians, 'You better be quick about it.'" Halevy explained that an Iranian leader, reading Romney's fulminations  promising that, when he becomes President, he will not hesitate to use military measures to stop Iran's nuclear program, would understand that he had nine more months to expedite their  nuclear program, so he better hurry up.  What else did Romney write that could so alarm the tough former boss of the Mossad? He opened his op-ed with:

Cuccinelli’s Take on Republican Presidential Candidates

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The Republican Party is busily promoting its brand by running public media events, often billed as "debates," like the affair recently sponsored on Labor Day (don't overlook that irony) by hard-right Senator Jim DeMint from South Carolina. Since most of us, even Republican political junkies, were otherwise employed, er, occupied, on Labor Day, and missed it, Virginia's Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli, has kindly provided us with his take on the event, as published on his web site the "Cuccinelli Compass: a grassroots update" (a masthead moniker I personally think brilliant, as I will subsequently explain).

The five participants were Bachmann, Cain, Gingrich, Paul, and Romney; Governor Perry was missing because he was attending to the wildfires presently consuming Texas. They were taken on stage separately for 22 minutes in alphabetical order, and were each asked the same questions by Senator DeMint, Congressman Steve King, and Professor Robbie George from Princeton (a conservative professor, no less); no media "personalities" were involved, which prevented the usual grandstanding, crossfire, and what Cuccinelli referred to as "gotcha" questions. Personally, I think maybe DeMint is on to something here, especially in the early, get-to-know-you phase of a campaign. The set-up allowed listeners an in-depth view of each candidate, and that is how the Attorney General analyzed them, with a surgical precision laced with, if not humor, a certain disarming frankness, which affords us a view of his internal compass as well