Ross Douthat on the "serially insincere" Mitt Romney. "I believe that Mitt Romney is a more serious person, and would probably be a better president, than his campaign style suggests. But issue by issue, policy by policy, that same campaign style makes it awfully hard to figure out where he would actually stand when the pandering stops and the governing begins.... But because everything he does feels like a pander, I don't know where he really stands on any of them."
Not a good day, as the serially blunt Larry Kudlow lets loose. "Mitt Romney is losing to Obama. The public-six out of ten roughly-support the tax cuts. Mitt Romney opposed the tax cuts package. Mitt Romney would rather see tax rates go up across the board, 600 billion dollars drained from the economy. How big a mistake is that for Mitt Romney? I'm personally not letting him off the hook.... Romney really bungled this."
Are Republican National committeemen serially clueless? "Ron Kaufman, the Republican national committeeman for Massachusetts, tells National Review Online that most people on the committee are still processing the fact that Chairman Michael Steele is unlikely to be reelected." Republicans should hope the rest of the chairmen aren't that dim.
Obama's serially misguided Middle East policy has few defenders. "Not only have the administration's efforts to restart the dialogue between Israel and the Palestinians been fitful and recently, embarrassingly confused, but behind the scenes Israelis are yearning for the good old days of Bush and the neocons. Or of Clinton and Rabin. Or of Bush, Reagan, Carter, Nixon, or, in fact, virtually anyone else. The reasons for these feelings are manifold. But even those who wanted to give Obama the benefit of the doubt are themselves now doubters."
The serially Lieberman-hating left is going to have to eat some crow. "Sen. Joe Lieberman, the lead sponsor of a standalone bill to repeal the military's 'Don't ask, don't tell' policy, says he has the 60 votes he needs to win. Lieberman (I-Conn.) cited recent statements of support by GOP Sens. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Scott Brown (Mass.) and Olympia Snowe (Maine)." Without him the lame duck session would have been one loss after another for liberals. By the way, have you noticed hardly anyone is talking about the DREAM Act?
The serially amusing John McCain on matters of pork: "I'm saying to the tea partiers this morning, 'Grab your pitchforks. Let's stand up against this. It can be stopped.'"
| December 17, 2010; 7:45 AM ET
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