1. After the latest GOP debate, the race is still Mitt Romney vs. Newt Gingrich, but the other candidates really helped themselves with strong, confident performances—with the exception of Ron Paul, who really hurt himself with his dovish answers on Iran, which revealed that he’s living in a bizarre, dangerous unreality.
2. A new Gallup poll shows that most Americans aren’t falling for the leftist Astroturf of Occupy Wall Street: a whopping 82% say that it’s more important to grow the economy, while just 46% think it’s more important to address “income inequality.” Since OWS was launched by Bill Ayers, the unions and other radical leftists to supply Obama with his campaign theme of “income inequality,” Team Obama must be reaching for the Tylenol. Although more likely: the true believers among Team Obama just don’t care.
3. The brilliant and controversial British writer, thinker and provocateur Christopher Hitchens has died after a yearlong battle with cancer. I met him a few times, and he was relentlessly charming, interesting and fun to observe. During the Iraq war, which he supported, he and I were part of a very small group invited to have lunch at the Pentagon with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Hitchens arrived late, hair mussed and shirt rumpled and untucked. Once at the table, he showed off his wide-ranging mind and vastly original thinking. He wrote a book, “God is Not Great,” in which he revealed and defended his atheism. After his diagnosis, he said he hadn’t changed his mind about the existence of God but that he had been moved in unforeseen ways by the prayers of people he had never met. Godspeed, Christopher Hitchens.
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