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Posted at 7:45 AM ET, 12/23/2010

Morning Bits

By Jennifer Rubin

You can't have a "collapse" of GOP opposition for START if it never existed.

You can't have a constitutional citation on legislation, holler the Democrats. Let the courts deal with all that stuff, bellows Rep. Barney Frank (D.-Mass.) Sigh. They all do take an oath to uphold the Constitution, but I guess the Democrats consider this piffle.

You can't have a connect-the-dots intelligence community if its director doesn't know as much as a CNN reporter. Dana Perino on Director of National Intelligence James Clapper's lack of awareness of the London bombing plot. "Is it just me, or does the fact that our DNI didn't know about a major terrorism-ring bust in the U.K. -- that happened two days ago, by the way -- really inspire dread about who's minding the store during the holidays? Is it so commonplace in the U.K. for a dozen suspected terrorists to be arrested that no one thought to tell the very person entrusted with ensuring all of our intelligence offices are coordinated and communicating to make sure we're connecting all the dots to prevent an attack?"

You can't have a "not Bush" anti-terror policy if all you are going to do is belatedly emulate him. Victor Davis Hanson reminds us that Obama "spent a near decade, from 2001 to 2009, pontificating on the illegality or superfluousness of the Patriot Act, renditions, tribunals, Predators, Guantanamo, and overseas wars, and then as president embraced or even expanded all of them -- with not a word of remorse that his earlier demagoguing might have done great harm both to the efficacy of the programs and to the reputations of those involved in them, as well as to his country's image abroad."

You can't have the most productive lame-duck session ever and leave unfinished the bill for compensation for Sept. 11 first responders. And sure enough, New York's Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand "agreed to changes demanded by the conservative lawmakers, who raised concerns about the measure's cost and prevented the bill from advancing in the Senate."

You can't have a "comeback" if you give the other side most of what they want. The Associated Press writes about Obama's December: "The year drew to a close with the government in a defensive crouch against the drip-drip-drip of WikiLeaks disclosures.... A burst of bipartisanship came back, this time with teeth. It has left liberal Democrats feeling bitten.... Although Obama has probably called the Republicans' bluff on their vow to repeal 'Obamacare' - they don't have the votes - he has to deal with them on a broad front now. He compromised on tax cuts in the lame-duck session, agreeing to extend lower rates for the rich as well as the middle class before their expiration at year's end."

You can't have a better example of the greatness of America than the rise of a new grassroots political movement. Tony Blankley writes: "No other people in the world would have responded to economic danger by seeking more liberty and less government protection. No other people would have thought to themselves, 'If I have to suffer economically in order not to steal from my grandchildren, so be it.'"

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 23, 2010; 7:45 AM ET
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The START situation is genuinely embarrassing. For the Republicans, to be sure, but even for the country. In and of itself it may turn out to be relatively harmless, especially in the (very unlikely) event that we elect a President with a grasp of reality and the understanding and desire to advance the countries interests in the context of that reality. Such a President would, of course, go forward full speed on all fronts on missile defense and the Russians might very well stick to their (negligible? nonexistant?) obligations under the treaty.

Still what this rush to ratify START demonstrates is an almost complete cluelessness about America's geostrategic interests and/or an almost maniacal urge among the ruling class for complete and unnecessary surrender on every front where opportunity for such can be found.

Posted by: cavalier4 | December 23, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Both START and the repeal of DADT reveal the complete lack of seriousness of the ruling class--they reach for the feel good move, the "historic" gesture, i.e., the photo-op, over rigorous thinking about institutions and history. But there's probably nothing new here.

Posted by: adam62 | December 23, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse


Responded just now to your post on the Demo in Iraq thread. Didn't see it earlier because I thought that thread was dead. (I even left out any quotes this time, because I know you don't like me backing up my positions with facts. LOL)

Posted by: 54465446 | December 23, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

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