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give Mr. Ponzi a bad name — or a le­git­i­mate job,” Mr. Daniels says in his book. “If old Carlo were around to­day, he’d have made an ideal So­cial Se­cu­rity com­mis­sioner.”

52 per­cent of U.S. vot­ers say that, re­gard­less of whom they sup­port, the Repub­li­can can­di­date will win the 2012 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

82 per­cent of Repub­li­cans, 51 per­cent of in­de­pen­dents, 31 per­cent of Democrats, 73 per­cent of con­ser­va­tives and 27 per­cent of lib­er­als agree.

38 per­cent of vot­ers over­all say Pres­i­dent Obama will win in 2012.

12 per­cent of Repub­li­cans, 36 per­cent of in­de­pen­dents, 59 per­cent of Democrats, 20 per­cent of con­ser­va­tives and 57 per­cent of lib­er­als agree.

50 per­cent of vot­ers over­all would sup­port Mr. Obama if the elec­tion were held to­day, 41 per­cent would sup­port Rick Perry.

49 per­cent of vot­ers would sup­port Mr. Obama, 44 per­cent would sup­port Sarah Palin.

46 per­cent would sup­port Mr. Obama, 44 per­cent would sup­port Mitt Rom­ney.

Source: A Mc­Clatchy/Marist poll of 1,042 adults con­ducted Sept. 13 and 14.

Ge­orge W. Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion, has joined CNN as a po­lit­i­cal con­trib­u­tor, on a team that al­ready in­cludes hus­band/wife pun­dits Mary Matalin and James Carville plus Red­State founder Erick Erick­son.

“It’s shap­ing up as a red-hot po­lit­i­cal year, and I’m ea­ger to lend my per­spec­tive to it,” Mr. Fleis­cher ob­serves.

Mean­while, Ben Coes — a speech­writer for former Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush’s White House and former cam­paign man­ager for Mitt Rom­ney’s 2002 run for Mas­sachusetts gov­er­nor — has taken to the po­lit­i­cal thriller. Com­ing to book­shelves this week from St. Martin’s Press is Mr. Coes’ new book “Coup D’Etat,” with a plot based on a nu­clear show­down be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan.

The novel “poses a trou­bling and timely ques­tion,” Mr. Coes al­lows. “What would hap­pen if the U.S. de­cided to take con­trol of Pak­istan?”

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