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Politico should ask Nancy Pelosi again after it is repealed, ruled unconstitutional and/or dramatically reworked.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."
| December 22, 2010; 7:45 AM ET
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