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Victory lap: President Obama goes to Michigan. It’s a state he needs to carry in 2008, and the auto bailout may help him do just that, despite much criticism from conservatives. The bailout was smart, effective policy – not to mention good politics – and the president deserves credit for it, especially when Mitt Romney, his likely Republican opponent, was pushing for something very different.

 

Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan gets more scrutiny, courtesy of the New York Times’ Tim Egan and Bruce Bartlett. Both point out the obvious – the plan would lower taxes on the wealthy and dramatically raise taxes on the poor and working classes. Sounds like the perfect Republican plan!

 

Would Mitt Romney destroy the Tea Party if he wins the Republican nomination? FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe says a Romney candidacy would keep many conservative activists on the sidelines. And it might even spark a third party presidential run on the right.

 

Finally, a prominent leader of the ex-gay ministry Love In Action says that acknowledged something he’s been preaching against for years. According the Michelle Goldberg in the Daily Beast, John Smid says “I’ve never met a man who experienced a change from homosexual to heterosexual.” So much for pray-away-the-gay.

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