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Right Turn: December 26, 2010 - January 1, 2011

Friday question

As we look ahead to 2011, the State of the Union address will reveal Obama's agenda for the coming year and provide some indication as to the opportunities for bipartisan compromise. What should Obama say, and what should he avoid...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 31, 2010; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Recess appointments send mixed messages

Obama, by making six recess appointments, may be trying to reassure his liberal base that he will use the full range of executive powers to control the agenda next year. But in doing so, he has messed up his meta-message...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 31, 2010; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Obama White House  
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Final 2011 predictions

As we head into the final hours of 2010, there are a couple more predictions for the coming year. Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of American Action Forum and former economic adviser to John McCain has this sober take: 1. Continued steady...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 31, 2010; 9:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  economy, law  
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Morning Bits

The definitive word on Michael Vick and the president. The definitive, noxious example of leftist disdain for the military. And whom does he suppose provides for his physical safety? The definitive poll of Yale students suggesting Ivy League students are...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 31, 2010; 7:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Foreign policy predictions

Few would argue that in 2010 the world became less dangerous and unpredictable. U.S. military operations in Iraq ended successfully, but North Korea has grown steadily aggressive (while China stands idly by), Iran's nuclear program hasn't been halted (maybe delayed,...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 30, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Israel, foreign policy  
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Boycotting as a political strategy

Pete Wehner writes a smart post on the decision by two social conservative groups to boycott the CPAC convention because GOProud, a conservative gay rights group, will attend. Pete makes the case that "the boycotting organizations come across as defensive...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 30, 2010; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  2012 campaign  
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More on imperfect candidates

Readers chimed in to inquire about some names I did not discuss yesterday in analyzing the potential 2012 Republican candidates' weaknesses. John Thune is an engaging, solid conservative who was one of John McCain's better surrogates during the 2008 presidential...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 30, 2010; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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So much for bipartisanship -- a slew of recess appointments

On Wednesday, Obama shed any pretense of bipartisanship in making six recess appointments. As were his previous recess appointments, this batch included two individuals whose records are so controversial that they could not obtain confirmation even with 59 Democratic senators....

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 30, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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Morning Bits

Richard Cohen is on the money regarding Michael Vick: "The sanctimony regarding this dog killer is sickening. He was wantonly cruel, not only pitting dogs against one another in fights, but drowning poor performers. Didn't he know this was cruel?...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 30, 2010; 7:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Liberal fixation with Palin continues

Ezra Klein glances at the Gallup poll showing that there is no single Republican figure around whom the base has "coalesced." Yet he declares: The closest thing the GOP has to a Bob Dole or a Newt Gingrich -- both...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 29, 2010; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
Categories:  Sarah Palin  
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Imperfect 2012 candidates leave plenty of room for newcomers

Each time a 2012 Republican presidential contender makes a misstep, his or her supporters hasten to remind us that no candidate is perfect. True enough. Barack Obama had virtually no experience, was one of the most liberal members of the...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 29, 2010; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Is Obama figuring out who our friends are?

This administration has been roundly criticized for neglecting traditional allies in Europe, roughing up friends (like Israel, Honduras, Poland and the Czech Republic) and showing undue deference to despotic governments. But there is a ray of hope that it may...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 29, 2010; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  foreign policy  
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Won't liberals need the filibuster?

Liberals are all abuzz with suggestions for filibuster "reform." They were not in evidence, of course, when Republicans were proposing filibuster reform to end Democratic obstructionism on judicial nominees during the Bush administration. Aside from the sheer hypocrisy, there are...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 29, 2010; 9:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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More 2011 predictions

I went to two of the smartest Republican advisers/analysts for their prognostications about 2011. Todd Harris, a Republican strategist and communications director on the 2008 Fred Thompson presidential campaign, had this: 1) Tea Parties will continue to maintain prominence, but...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 29, 2010; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  President Obama, economy  
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Morning Bits

You buy this? Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-Ind.), months after the fact, says he really didn't mean that his side should declare a truce on social issues. Republicans don't buy into the media hype that Sarah Palin is the "frontrunner" for...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 29, 2010; 7:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Calling foul on the peace process farce

The New York Post editorial board offers this refreshing bit of candor: Cutting a peace deal with the Palestinians is "impossible" right now, Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Israeli diplomats on Sunday. No kidding. Anyone startled by such a...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 28, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Israel  
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Doing nothing about Saudi promotion of Islamic extremism

On July 9, 2010 the Gulf Institute issued a press release that read in part: The Institute for Gulf Affairs has released a report comparing the current edition of Saudi textbooks to statements made by the regime, emphasizing the deception...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 28, 2010; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Voters really don't like ObamaCare -- still

Yesterday, I noted with some bemusement liberals' stubborn lack of appreciation for the depth of opposition to ObamaCare. Two polls bear out just how widespread and persistent that opposition is. Rasmussen reports: For the second time this month, 60% of...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 28, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
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What will 2011 bring?

I'll share some prognostications this week for 2011. The first comes from House Majority Leader (as of January) Eric Cantor, who replied via e-mail from his holiday travels: a) GOP blocks unionization by regulation b) All trade bills on table...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 28, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Morning Bits

Josh Rogin details the spin after START. The Democrats got a largely irrelevant treaty with the Russians. The Republicans got the administration to commit to missile defense and weapons modernization. That's a win-win. But unless the administration figures out how...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 28, 2010; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Liberal obtuseness on ObamaCare

Jill Lawrence writing in Politics Daily personifies liberal cluelessness on the subject of ObamaCare: The biggest mystery of 2010 may be Democrats' failure to explain and sell their landmark health law, and the public's sustained resistance to it despite the...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 27, 2010; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  Obamacare  
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Things the chattering class got wrong

As 2010 draws to a close, the list of items going down the memory hole -- the place reserved for mistakes by liberal elites -- is long. Before they are gone for good, let's recount a few. "The public will...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 27, 2010; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (136)
Categories:  2012 campaign, foreign policy  
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The unchecked Iranian menace

Stephen Hayes, writing on the Weekly Standard website, points to a report that in Afghanistan coalition forces "arrested a member of Iran's notorious Qods Force who was simultaneously serving as a Taliban commander." Stephen observes: For years we've known about...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 27, 2010; 9:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Iran, foreign policy  
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Friday question answered

Readers certainly came up with some creative responses to my question about who should be President Obama's next chief of staff. Mortisimus gets special recognition for coming up with Groucho Marx, whose love of the absurd and verbal whimsy would...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 27, 2010; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Morning Bits

Grover Norquist debunks the idea Obama was the big winner in the lame duck. "For two years the Democrats refused to extend the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for any American. The size of the Obama humiliation in passing the...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 27, 2010; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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A bank that proudly does business in Iran

The international bank HSBC says it is pulling an ad that juxtaposes a plug for the bank's ability to find "potential in unexpected places" with a factoid about Iran: "Only 4% of American films are made by women. In Iran...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 26, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Interview with Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren (Part 2)

On Friday, I shared the first half of my interview with Israeli ambassador Michael Oren. In the remainder of the interview, Oren discussed the onslaught Israel now faces -- not on the battlefield, but in the court of public opinion...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 26, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Morning Bits

Kudos to the cyber-sabatours. "The Stuxnet virus that has infected Iran's nuclear installations may have been behind the decommissioning of 1,000 centrifuges at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility earlier this year, according to a new analysis of the malicious software."...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 26, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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