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Posted at 8:30 AM ET, 12/19/2010

Morning Bits

By Jennifer Rubin

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."

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 19, 2010; 8:30 AM ET
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Here's someone worse than Madoff:

Posted by: texansay | December 19, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Normally a nasty reply to the snark that you columnist exhibit whenever you opine about someone or something that you think your words have power over would be in order. But for you Jen and by extension your former snarky colleagues at Commentary, aside from the astute John Podhertz, I will say this about your opining about Sarah Palin. First, none of you made Sarah Palin and none will make Sarah Palin. She is self-made and doesn't need your good opinions to get to where she's going. She has done more for the conservative cause then any and all of your colleagues and yourself included have done combined times 100. She will continue to be a voice of unabashed conservatism and the leader of a movement dedicated to truly returning power back to the people and the states. And lastly, despite yours and your colleagues recriminations about her, she will continue to be the strongest, most steadfast ally of Israel that anyone who loves Israel could hope for in a potential president. So in response to all your snark about Palin and what you think she should be as a candidate, I will say that I look forward to your little blog posts defending President Palin's Middle East policies when she assumes office in 2012.

Posted by: stevendufresne | December 19, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Why do smart people like Wehner say dumb things? Most people know that you will never get anywhere in life if you do not try to do things that are hard and against the odds.

Political history is full of examples of people who overcame the odds--like Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama. Wehner has to know about these upsets, but has not incorporated the lessons into his political world view.

The disdain Americans have for beltway types, be it politicians or pundits, comes from this sort of negative, snarky analysis that is the reverse of what we teach our kids.

We don't tell our kids: Make sure you only hang out with popular people. Make sure you don't do anything that others may laugh at. Make sure you don't try anything that looks really hard to do.

Let's hope the face of conservatism doesn't become a kind of Joe Bftsplk the-polls-are-against-us-so-let's-not-even-try attitude.

Or worse yet, not seeing the greatness in someone because they're different than you. That's the kind of snobbery people associate with conservatives. Bill Buckley helped us rise above that intellectual snobbery regarding Ronald Reagan and Rush Limbaugh among others. We need another Bill Buckley.

Posted by: TD01 | December 19, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

IF Sarah Palin runs and wins the Presidency, it will be THE BEST thing that has ever happened to the elitist Beltway crowd; and you can take that to the bank. The arrogant way the beltway crowd acts towards her reveals their great need for the medicine she has to administer.

Posted by: nvjma | December 19, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

"Conservatives are in a jolly mood."

Reminds me of the Dems in January 2009. Remember all glory is fleeting!

BTW I don't get what your beef is with the First Lady. When you consider what it cost to move President Bush for one full year of his eight year presidency to his Ranch, only a person such as yourself who has an obsession for the First Lady, and only the most casual relationship with the truth would attack her.

Posted by: 54465446 | December 19, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

stevendufresne wrote:

" . . .she will continue to be the strongest, most steadfast ally of Israel that anyone who loves Israel could hope for in a potential president."

So was President Bush, and you see how well THAT turned out for Israel!

Posted by: 54465446 | December 19, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

"Madoff and Son". Art, image.

Posted by: nuggerb | December 19, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

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