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Flotsam and Jetsam

Via Michael Ledeen: an Iranian Twitter message for the non-meddling set: “The Iranian ppl want 2 B part of the world – how hard is that 2 understand?”

Bill Kristol spots the chink in the Democrats’ armor on cap-and-trade: “I think Nancy Pelosi has made a huge mistake by defining everything in terms of jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs. And Republicans are going to say for the next year and a half, ‘Let’s have that debate. Is unemployment lower than when President Obama became president? Is unemployment going up as slowly as President Obama said it would when he lobbied for a stimulus and today when he lobbies for energy?’” Kristol and Bob Herbert are in agreement!

Obama’s approval/disapproval hits a new low in Gallup.

In Rasmussen: “Forty percent (40%) of U.S. voters now say President Obama has not been aggressive enough in supporting the reformers in Iran protesting the results of the presidential election. That’s a five-point increase from a week ago.”

Not good: “Latin America analysts said the Honduran coup will complicate President Obama’s efforts to re-engage a region where anti-Americanism has flourished in some areas. These experts said they expect Mr. Chavez , in particular, to seize on the Honduran crisis to try to depict Central Americas under an ongoing attack by capitalist and Western forces. As a result, some say, Mr. Obama will need to call for the reinstatement of Mr. Zelaya, despite U.S. concerns that he’s seeking to mirror Mr. Chavez’s campaign to secure limitless rule.” So now we’re “meddling” to re-instate Chavez’s pal who decided to emulate his patron by staying on beyond his term?

Mary Anastasia O’Grady has her doubts: “Yesterday the Central American country was being pressured to restore the authoritarian Mr. Zelaya by the likes of Fidel Castro, Daniel Ortega, Hillary Clinton and, of course, Hugo himself. The Organization of American States, having ignored Mr. Zelaya’s abuses, also wants him back in power. It will be a miracle if Honduran patriots can hold their ground.”

If Mitt Romney keeps sounding like a presidential candidate people will think he’s running for something: “And I think the party does have to stand up and be able to say, ‘Listen, Mr. Axelrod, you’re wrong when you say we don’t have ideas.’ We have a healthcare plan.  You, you look at Wyden-Bennett, that’s a healthcare plan that a number of Republicans think is a very good healthcare plan, one that we support. . . We believe that, with regards to energy, that putting a massive tax on the American public and on industry is not going to create jobs, it’s going to hurt jobs.”

And Tim Pawlenty is also out on the Sunday circuit: “Well, the president said not long ago in an interview quote-unquote, ‘we are out of money.’ With all due respect, Mr. President, if we’re out of money, quit spending it. . .This is a nation that has got a debt load and a deficit load that is unsustainable. We’re going to have, in my view, the federal government debt crisis equivalent of the mortgage crisis within 20 years. And notwithstanding the rhetoric, the Obama administration does not appear serious to address this out of control spending.”

Democratic Sen. Mark Warner says “no” to the Fed as the risk czar. I suspect he’ll have a lot of company.

Second thoughts already? “President Barack Obama said House legislation aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions represents ‘an extraordinary first step,’ but cast doubt Sunday on the bill’s call for tariffs on goods from countries that don’t match U.S. efforts to combat global warming.” Maybe a trade war isn’t the way to go.