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Posted at 7:45 AM ET, 12/20/2010

Morning Bits

By Jennifer Rubin

Making 23 Senate Democrats up for re-election in 2012 squirm: "Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) said he will force Democrats to vote on a repeal of the landmark healthcare reform law when Republicans control half of Congress next year. 'I'm hoping we will receive from the House of Representatives a full repeal of Obamacare; it will be hard to get that through the Senate,' McConnell said on CNN's 'State of the Union.'"

Making ROTC welcome on Ivy League campuses is certainly a positive result of the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell."

Making silly statements about fixed deadlines is Joe Biden's specialty.

Making "lobbying" a virtue. "'You bet I was a lobbyist," [Gov. Haley] Barbour says, often. 'And I was a damned good one.' His tone when he says this is peremptory and defensive but unabashed. Lobbying is just like being a lawyer arguing a case in a courtroom. it's a form of advocacy."

Making a concilitory move that Obama should have suggested months ago: "A Manhattan lawyer with ties to the Saudi royal family is sounding out officials and community leaders about a plan to move the controversial Ground Zero mosque to the West Village.

Making clear how critical the midterm elections were, Bill Kristol on Fox News Sunday observes: "2010 was a big election. That's what this lame duck shows. The tax deal, the president of the United States, who had spent two years, three years, four years during his campaign, screaming about repealing the Bush tax cuts for upper-income individuals, had a view that the estate tax should go up higher -- the estate tax rates should go up higher -- signs a bill continuing the Bush tax cut, and the omnibus appropriations bill gets steamrolled, and now we're going to have a continuing resolution. It shows what a big election 2010 was."

Making the "not Bush" anti-terrorism approach a thing of the past: "One of the leading supporters of civilian trials for some Guantanamo prisoners and of bringing detainees currently there to the Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), said Saturday that the Senate is likely to concur in a House-passed measure that effectively bans both those options for the rest of this fiscal year."

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 20, 2010; 7:45 AM ET
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I suspect that there are several of those 23 Senate Democrats up for re-election in 2012 who are praying that the courts would hurry up and invalidate ObamaCare, and put an end to this miserable issue.

Posted by: nvjma | December 20, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Making lobbying and having been a lobbyist a virtue? That's really swimming against the polls.

Posted by: TD01 | December 20, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

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