Washington…Political Tidbits

No plans to do Political Tidbits today…but there are so many Tidbits in a POLITICO newsletter…I clipped a few for you…I just could not help myself.  Read and enjoy.

–DONALD TRUMP, to George Stephanopoulos, on financial disclosure if he runs for president (promises a decision “sometime prior to June”): “Maybe I’m going to do the tax returns when Obama does his birth certificate. … I’d love to give my tax returns. I may tie my tax returns into Obama’s birth certificate.” http://abcn.ws/gYw9Ho

BOB WOODWARD and BEN BRADLEE AT THE NIXON LIBRARY – James Hohmann, in Yorba Linda: “[A] crowd of almost 1,000 welcomed Woodward and Bradlee with a standing ovation [last evening] … They spoke in a room designed as a replica of the White House East Room. Bradlee, leaning on a cane, … marveled at how many people still care about a decades-old conflict … Woodward is 68, seven years older than Nixon at the time of his resignation. … Woodward gave the crowd his theory that he sees the term ‘Watergate’ as shorthand for five different wars waged by Nixon. The first was the administration’s campaign against the anti-Vietnam war movement. The second was the war against the press and White House aides suspected of being disloyal. The third was efforts against those seen as abetting the anti-war movement and opposing the president’s reelection. … The fourth war was the cover-up. The fifth was a ‘war against history.'” http://bit.ly/eCFshu

TOP STORY – WashPost A1, at the fold, “Economy is battering Obama in the polls: Despite dip in approval ratings, he still edges 2012 GOP contenders”: In the new Washington Post-ABC News poll, “47 percent approve of the job Obama is doing, down seven points since January. Half of all Americans disapprove of his job performance, with 37 percent saying they ‘strongly disapprove’ … Driving the downward movement in Obama’s standing are renewed concerns about the economy and fresh worry about rising prices, particularly for gasoline. Despite signs of economic growth, 44 percent of Americans see the economy as getting worse, the highest percentage to say so in more than two years.

“The toll on Obama is direct: 57 percent disapprove of the job the president is doing dealing with the economy … When Republicans and GOP-leaners were asked who they would vote for in a primary or caucus, only former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney registered in double digits, with 16 percent. … Businessman Donald Trump (8 percent), former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (6 percent) and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (5 percent) were the only other names volunteered by more than 2 percent of respondents.” Story http://wapo.st/hgpUux Results going back years http://wapo.st/dEPAwy

— PALIN — “Mama Grizzly Sarah Palin back on the prowl,” by Jonathan Martin: “After a period in which most of the coverage about her related to either her tangles with the media or falling poll numbers, expect to see more such public appearances where she can take the offensive. Palin and her team recognize that, with Republicans like Michele Bachmann and Donald Trump crowding into their space, that’s the way to remain in the mix. They also know that they must do more to keep their supporters engaged, which explains the revamped website.” http://politi.co/fyyLhGwww.sarahpac.com

–ROMNEY: On Sean Hannity’s radio show, responding to a question about Donald Trump attacking him, Mitt changed the topic: “Today was a big day. The Obama presidency was downgraded today. And people recognize that he’s playing chicken with the U.S. economy.” http://bit.ly/eHQwLb

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