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Paul Ryan's Cuban Conversion

In politics, where you sit often determines where you stand. 

Up north in Wisconsin’s largely rural First Congressional District, Rep. Paul Ryan told his constituents it was time to end the trade embargo on Cuba. “If we think engagement works well with China, well, it ought to work well with Cuba. The embargo doesn’t work. It is a failed policy.” As for those who wanted to tighten the embargo, not ease it, “I just don’t agree with them and never have.”

That was then, this is now.

The Sky Is Falling, Send More Money

What do the Romney campaign and Democratic fundraisers have in common?  Both saw a silver lining in the news that President Obama had lost his post-convention bounce.  But with different motives.  Mitt Romney for all the obvious reasons -- he wants to win.  The Obama folks want to raise money.

Pedicide In The iPhone Age

I have a lot of sympathy for Mitt Romney. That’s because one thing I've learned over 40-plus years in Washington is that the worst wounds are self inflicted.  Pedicide is the act of shooting one's self in the foot, and the shot is fired from the mouth.  Mitt Romney just shot himself in both feet with both barrels and he did it all by himself without the help of his aides, consultants, advisors, surrogates or anyone else. 

Why Is Jerusalem’s Mayor Meddling In U.S. Election?

Israeli leaders have a penchant for meddling in American politics.  It goes back, at least, to 1972 when then-Ambassador Yitzhak Rabin expressed his support for the reelection of Richard Nixon.  Benjamin Netanyahu is only the latest – and most blatant – practitioner.  And he’s got some clumsy company.

Romney's 2-Step Mideast Peace Policy Revealed

Mitt Romney has a two-step strategy for dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  It’s called kick and hope. He wants to  “kick the ball down the field” and “hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it.”

Obama’s Jewish Support Gaining

Once again it looks like Republican predictions of a sea change in Jewish voting patterns will be drowned by reality. 

Controversial casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson put up $6.5 million to mount the biggest-ever campaign to convince Jews to vote Republican.  Actually it was less aimed at getting them to vote Republican than to vote against Barack Obama.

Running Scared?

Remember Richard Mourdock?  He’s the Tea Party candidate who beat veteran Sen. Richard Lugar in the Indiana GOP senate primary by running far to the right of the conservative incumbent. He accused the longtime chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations of having committed the mortal sin of bipartisanship.

Etchin' & Sketchin' With Mitt

Gov. Etch-a-Sketch should take John Kerry's advice and have his first debate with himself, and then one with his running mate.  The three of them seem to be on different pages.

On Meet the Press Sunday Mitt Romney began by making a 180 from his vow to repeal Obamacare on Day One by saying, "I'm not getting rid of all health-care reform." It turns out he likes coverage for pre-existing conditions and for inclusion of children under 26 living with their parents, but then he got fuzzy when asked for details on what he really means.

UPDATE: Why Obama And Bibi Won't Be Meeting

UPDATE -- President Obama spoke to Prime Minister Netanyahu for an hour tonight to staunch the political and diplomatic fallout from reports that the White House had snubbed the Israeli leader by refusing to meet with him when he travels to New York later this month for the U.N. General Assembly.

Let's Abolish Party Platforms

One of the lessons of both 2012 conventions is it's time to consider doing away with party platforms altogether.  Maybe the conventions as well, but that's another story. The platforms are just a bad joke.  Rank and file are told that these documents represent the policies and positions of the parties, but they don't and all but the terminally naïve know that.

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