PATRIOT ACT….Over at The Corner, Kathryn Jean Lopez is vexed:

The front page of the Washington Post (yes, I sometimes read paper newspapers) has the headline “Obama Fiercely Defends His Patriotism.” Isn’t there a problem when a candidate has to “fiercely defend” something so fundamental? Shouldn’t a candidate for president and his advisers and supporters exude such a thing?

Yeah, lack of exudiness must be the problem. It couldn’t possibly be because conservative writers routinely question Obama’s patriotism, could it? Like this guy:

Barack Obama has a patriotism problem that even Monday’s flag-waving trip to Independence, Mo., can’t squelch.

That’s NRO colleague Jonah Goldberg, who explained Obama’s “problem” at great length in USA Today and then — just in case anyone missed it — excerpted his explanation a few posts down from Lopez in The Corner. Too bad Obama doesn’t exude patriotism, though.