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.
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