Twas the night before the omnibus cloture.
A lump of coal for Obama: His poll numbers hit a new low in the Fox News/Opinon Dynamics poll.
Conservatives are in a jolly mood. "In the Babel of modern politics, a major turn in policy direction is sometimes hard to discern. But this week we may have been watching precisely such a watershed, as a Democratic Congress extended the Bush-era tax rates, Republican Senators disavowed earmarks to kill a spending-as-usual bill, and a federal court declared ObamaCare to be unconstitutional."
Like Christmas, the anticipation before a presidential announcement -- or non-announcement -- is at least half the fun. "'It's a prayerful consideration. Other folks can jump in and that kind of helps you make, get the lay of the land,' Palin said of her thought process on 'Good Morning America' on ABC. 'But my decision won't be made for some months still.'"
The gift that keeps on giving: Joe Biden's hawking of the "recovery summer" helped to set up the shellacking of November 2010.
A downsized holiday for the Obamas is still a lavish one for most of us. "First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia and family dog Bo will fly to Hawaii on Saturday for a winter vacation.... In a pre-emptive move -- remembering the stinging criticism of her lavish vacation to Spain last summer -- the East Wing volunteered that Mrs. Obama will be flying to Hawaii in a military version of a business airplane -- not the jumbo jet that flew her to the Mediterranean coast in August."
Some holiday cheer for Bernie Madoff victims. "In the biggest win yet for victims of Bernie Madoff, the estate of the single biggest beneficiary of Madoff's fraud agreed to pay $7.2 billion to the victims' recovery fund and the Department of Justice."
A vacation, perhaps a permanent one, from presidential politics for Sarah Palin is in order, writes Peter Wehner. "Virtually every time Ms. Palin speaks out, she reinforces some of the worst impressions or deepest concerns many of us have about her. If she were to become the voice and representative of the GOP and the modern conservatism movement, both would suffer a massive rejection."
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