Would the rightwingers get rid of Romney and choose someone else at the primary? I’m thinking that’s a long shot, but Romney has always been incredibly insecure about his standing with the right. Which is why you’re getting these increasingly loony snuggles with the right wing.
• Get rid of Romney before the convention? I think this is the conservatives’ latest and most virulent effort at “extreme vetting,” in which the candidate either survives the right’s gauntlet with a disclosure [or] he’s further damaged and wiped out quickly, before the convention. Doing this now, before the convention, would allow the conservatives to replace Romney safely and victoriously with whatever “first team” conservatives the GOP claimed they had that did not run in the primaries.
• More red meat for the crackpots: ROMNEY: “Turning to the United Nations to tell us how to raise our kids, or whether we can have the Second Amendment rights that our Constitution gave us, I mean, that is the wrong way to go, right? Do not cede sovereignty.”
• That’s what Obama said – During a campaign appearance in Ohio on Wednesday: ROMNEY: I know that you recognize a lot of people help you in a business. Perhaps the bank, the investors. There is no question your mom and dad, your school teachers. The people who provide roads, the fire, the police. A lot of people help. But let me ask you this. Did you build your business? If you did, raise your hand. Take that Mr. President! This is what’s happening in this country. These people are entrepreneurs.
• The Damascus suicide bombing – Today’s killing of Assad officials raises uncomfortable questions about the meaning and justifiability of Terrorism
• Israeli warships to patrol disputed gas fields. With extraction of vast reserves of recently-discovered natural gas due to begin next year, Israeli military officials have been putting together a plan for securing oil rigs in areas which Lebanon claims as its own.
• The Pentagon is building a missile defense radar station at a covert location in Qatar. The site will be part of a system intended to defend the interests of the United States and its allies against Iranian rockets.
• The Kuwaiti newspaper al-Rai said Assad fled to the village of Kardaha in the Alawite Mountains near the port city of Latakia, following the deaths of his three top security chiefs Wednesday. From there he is directing his regime’s response, the paper said.
• A bombing that killed at least seven people and injured dozens on a bus full of Israeli tourists was most likely a suicide attack, Bulgarian officials said Thursday. The suspected attacker was carrying a fake driver’s license issued in Michigan, they added.
• “I feel it was all God’s plan and for me to second guess it or judge it –” – George Zimmerman said he was not “a racist” or “a murderer” and asserted his killing of unarmed black Florida teenager Trayvon Martin was “God’s plan.”