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Posted at 7:45 AM ET, 12/22/2010

Morning Bits

By Jennifer Rubin

Howard Kurtz asks: "[I]s the press getting itself worked into a lather over what Barbour did and thought when he was a teenager?" No, over what he says and thinks as an adult. I mean, did Kurtz really miss the whole point here?

Chris Cilliza asks: "So, how badly has Barbour hurt his presidential chances?" My answer: irreparably.

Republicans could hardly ask for a better outcome. "New data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau shows sizable shifts in population from Democratic-leaning states in the Industrial Midwest to Republican-leaning states in the Sun Belt. That translates to fresh political opportunity for Republicans who, after netting 63 House seats in the 2010 election, stand to solidify their majority in Congress during the upcoming round of redistricting."

Josh Rogin asks Senator Jim DeMint: "[E]xactly how long before Christmas Day is the period during which the American people don't want Congress to work on major legislation, in your view?" Read the whole, hysterical exchange.

Politico should ask Nancy Pelosi again after it is repealed, ruled unconstitutional and/or dramatically reworked. "Nothing compares -- in anything I have ever done -- with passing the health care bill."

Prime Minister Bibi Netanyhu will ask President Obama to release Jonathan Pollard.

Would it be too much to ask Obama or our secretary of state to say something this eloquent? Sarah Palin on Iran: "When the brave people of Iran take to the streets in defiance of their unelected dictatorship, they must know that we in the free world stand with them. When the women of Iran rise up to demand their rights, they must know that we women of the free world who enjoy the rights won for us by our suffragist foremothers stand with our sisters there. When Iranians demand freedom of religion, freedom of conscience and freedom to simply live their lives as they choose without persecution, we in the free world must stand with them."

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 22, 2010; 7:45 AM ET
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David Pollard?

Posted by: IsraelP | December 22, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Somebody beat me to the punch-David/Jonathan. Sounds like a good Bible story-lol.
Also glad to see Jennifer actually commend Palin for something.

Posted by: cajunkate | December 22, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

I had to double-check that I was at Right Turn. Jennifer actually has something nice to say about Sarah Palin. Wonders never cease!

Posted by: lmulholland | December 22, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Josh Rogin’s apparent point that bringing Christmas into the real issue here is a red herring.

On the other hand, Jim DeMint actually answered “The whole lame duck [session] to me is an illegitimate process and [sic – I suspect the correct word here is ‘in’] the intent to do whatever is the nation's business that has to be done, such as fund the government. But to pass major legislation during the lame duck is not the intent. People who are here, the voters have changed a lot of them. Doing it during Christmas is just one piece of it. The big issue is using the lame duck of unaccountable senators to ram through a major arms control treaty. That's the issue.”

So far as I am concerned that fairly thoroughly answers Josh Rogin’s question; Rogin’s further pestering is pretty sophomoric.

It is obvious that Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid calculated from a LONG time back to abuse the Lame Duck Session as much as possible to do all of their dirtiest work.

The lesson here is that whole concept of the Lame Duck Session should be done away with. That should make a noticeable contribution to improving the quality of service out of Congress. This would essentially require Congress to do the real work that congress is supposed to do, and have it done by people duly elected to do it, in the full light of day while their office holding is on the line. If any future Congress is ever as irresponsible as the 111th at least they would not be allow to maximize their irresponsibility with impunity. Of course, it would require a Constitutional Amendment to accomplish this. Accordingly, I recommend that the Tea Party Movement add this to their Christmas shopping list.

Posted by: nvjma | December 22, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Obama’s handling of foreign policy in general has been completely awful. His handling of Middle East issues, and in particularly dealing with Iran’s nuclear intentions, have been so blatantly stupid, botched, and mishandled as to remind me of a crooked professional athlete deliberately throwing a game on which he has secretly bet against.

Posted by: nvjma | December 22, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse


Invective is always fun. I enjoy it myself with breakfast sometimes! Exactly WHAT do you think the President has done or not done, that has you all riled up?

Palin's statement is very nice, but what do we DO? People foget that MOST of the countries with a big stake or influence in Iran, are NOT democracies, and have no interest in being seen by their own people as supporting free elections somewhere.

Posted by: 54465446 | December 22, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of Palin, I read yesterday where negotiations are ongoing for a second season of her reality show in which she could command up to 1 million an episode. Good for her!

However it also reinforces what I have said here numberous times, namely that absent a black swan event to send the Obama presidency into a tailspin, she's not running.

Posted by: 54465446 | December 22, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

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