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Posted at 7:45 AM ET, 12/21/2010

Morning Bits

By Jennifer Rubin

Bill McGurn joins Bill Kristol and others in promoting this fine idea: "As President Obama and his speechwriters prepare for his upcoming State of the Union address, here's a modest suggestion: When you take the victory lap you are entitled to for ending the prohibition on gays serving openly in the military, follow up with a call to end the remaining discrimination faced by members of our military -- the second-class status of Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) cadets on some of our leading college campuses."

Dave Weigel joins many of us in wondering: "At what point does Palin become overexposed, and we learn the limits and real size of her fan base? Maybe we're at that point."

The Human Rights Watch, an anti-Israel group masquerading as one devoted to human rights, joins the other enemies of the Jewish state: "In another indication of the organization's biases and lack of moral compass, Human Rights Watch (HRW) today released a report that promotes boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel and strips away the context of Arab terror in which Israel operates, notes NGO Monitor, a Jerusalem-based think tank that tracks NGOs in the region. In particular, NGO Monitor condemns the report - titled Separate and Unequal - for its historical inferences and misleading and false allegations." At least we know, once again, where HRW stands.

Enough Republicans join with Democrats to, in all likelihood, guarantee ratification of START: "Senate Democrats appear to have the nine Republican votes they need to ratify the New START nuclear treaty this week and give President Obama his third major victory of the lame-duck session. Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) told reporters Monday afternoon that he would vote to ratify the treaty and also support a motion to end debate, which the Senate will consider Tuesday." I look forward to House Foreign Affairs chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's oversight hearings. What did we really give up, and what is "reset" getting us?

The more people join the out-migration from blue states, the more electoral votes go to Republicans. Jay Cost writes that "a growing Sunbelt means a growing GOP coalition. How these House seats will actually divide between the parties remains to be seen, but if you re-run the 2004 presidential election -- which George W. Bush won with 286 electoral votes to John Kerry's 251 -- with the estimates, Bush would take 292 electoral votes to John Kerry's 245. Barack Obama won 365 electoral votes to John McCain's 173, but if you re-run the 2008 presidential election with the new apportionment estimates, Obama would have won 359 electors to McCain's 179. In other words, demographic shifts alone should net the GOP about as many presidential electoral votes as there are in Kansas."

I would hope the No Labels folks join in condemning this sort of name-calling and suspicion mongering from Jonathan Chait. Or is The New Republic sacred soil for the mushy left?

One of the least fiscally responsible governors in recent memory is eager to join one of the least fiscally responsible administrations in history. "[Arnold] Schwarzenegger, who counts legislation combating global warming as one of his signature achievements in office, suggested he might be interested in a post dealing with energy or the environment." What he did for California he can do to the rest of us?

I won't join the flock of pundits obsessing over 2012 presidential polls. They are meaningless. Just ask President Rudy Giuliani.

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 21, 2010; 7:45 AM ET
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I agree re the 2012 polling. I'll bet you the nominee may not even be in the race yet officially. I could be wrong, but I think Christie has a window of opportunity in 2012 that may not be there in 4 years. His no nonsense, budget slashing, debt dumping, style is the perfect antithesis to Obama. And he is actually pretty funny and does not seem to take himself very seriously.

Posted by: jmpickett | December 21, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

When I was a young boy a golden retriever puppy came to me wagging her the woods near our house.

She followed me home..named her Honey.

Later that year we were fishing at a nearby lake..there were several wild ducklings in the water not far from shore. They came out of the reeds.

Honey splashed into the water after them..The ducklings..kept near the shoreline..Honey was gaining on them..a few moments later the mother..splashed between the baby ducks and the dog.

The duck diverted Honeys attention..the mother swam to deeper water..and Honey followed..

The duck maintained a safe distance drawing Honey to the middle of the lake..The ducklings disappeared into the reeds.

The mother kept luring a very tired Honey..I began yelling for her to return..seeing her ducklings were flight..circled and flew to the reeds.

Poor, tired Honey turned around and peddled back to shore..she was to tired to shake the water from her damp, golden body.

Posted by: dancingrabbit | December 21, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Chait's acolytes at are not squishy - they are very rigid, refusing to consider any deviation from what forms their ideology, and cyber-bullying those of us who challenge their orthodoxies.

Ever since Mitch McConnell made his comment that the GOP's main priority is to stop Obama's re-election, the Chaitians in TNR (not all of us who subscribe are Chaitians) have succumbed to conspiracy theories in a manner not unlike that of Pakistan, Lebanon, or Egypt.

My theory is that the Chaitians are all lawyers who are inclined to paint the GOP as uber-powerful as Mossad, with the ability to train sharks to attack only Egyptian tourists :)

Since No Labels includes Daisy Khan on it's roster, I would not hold my breath for No Labels to be anything other than politically correct lemmings, unto the falling off the cliff into fire and brimstone era.

Posted by: K2K2 | December 21, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

I will have to make a contribution to Human Rights Watch.

Posted by: googleguy | December 21, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

"The Human Rights Watch, an anti-Israel group masquerading as one devoted to human rights"

It is sad that rather than addressing the content of the HRW report, Rubin resorts to blatant and biased characterization of the messenger. Actually, the report reports on the ongoing two-tier rights structure in the occupied West Bank between Jewish settlers and Palestinians, and the ongoing expropriation of Palestinian farms and homes for settler use. Rubin talks about context, but provides none.

Posted by: shannon40 | December 21, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

#2 on NYT bestseller list = failure and declining political prospects?

Using that measure, President Obama is toast. His current book isn't doing near as well as two of his previous books--and the new one is a book for kids coming out right at Christmas. (Audacity of Hope got to #2 and Dreams of My Father to #7 on USA Today's 150 bestsellers; Of Thee I Sing only to #14.)

But, the analysis may have it's own kind of backhanded brilliance. Palin's book has done better this year than any other possible Republican or Democratic candidate's book. The latest PPP polling also puts her on top with conservative voters in eight states.

Who knows? Maybe book sales is the new political entrail reading.

Posted by: TD01 | December 21, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

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