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Posted at 7:33 AM ET, 12/29/2010

Morning Bits

By Jennifer Rubin

You buy this? Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-Ind.), months after the fact, says he really didn't mean that his side should declare a truce on social issues.

Republicans don't buy into the media hype that Sarah Palin is the "frontrunner" for the 2012 nomination.

Consumers don't buy the idea that the recovery has begun. "An index of U.S. consumer confidence declined to 52.5 in December on concerns about jobs in the present and future, the Conference Board reported Tuesday."

How much longer will Israelis buy the notion that the ultra-Orthodox need not work or serve in the military?

Veronique de Rugy doesn't buy Paul Krugman's denial that the government workforce has grown while the private workforce shrunk during the recession. After taking us through the numbers she concludes that it "is reasonable to say that, in contrast to the private sector, government employees have been relatively sheltered since January 2008: Only a small portion of local governments' workforce lost their jobs and federal and state employment grew. It is also reasonable to say that for almost a year-and-a-half, while the private sector was shrinking, the government was growing. . . . Moreover, contrary to Krugman's claim, the data shows that there is much more behind the growth of the federal workforce than the Census hiring of last spring."

Daniel Halper of the Weekly Standard doesn't buy into the media's feigned outrage that Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) is on vacation during a snowstorm.

I'll buy the idea that less is more from the president on issues having nothing to do with his job. Pejman Yousefzadeh on Obama's weighing in on Michael Vick: "The president needs to understand that his opinion is not required for every topic on the planet. It is entirely possible for parties to a particular issue to figure things out on their own, without the president's input. Additionally, the president needs to understand that his words are like currency -- too much presidential commentary in the public sphere will leave the president's words debased. Once upon a time, speeches and comments by Barack Obama carried with them extraordinary amounts of power. Nowadays, they do more to annoy and puzzle."

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 29, 2010; 7:33 AM ET
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Comments

Denial is a river that flows through the brain of the Econopologist known as Paul Krugman.

Blessed New Year, Jen! You rock the house.

Posted by: johnnyramone | December 29, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Whether the voters in New Jersey remember that BOTH the governor and the Lieutenant Governor scheduled simultaneous vacations with a known blizzard warning is a valid question. One would think the whole point of creating the LT Gov job was precisely to have that person in-state when the governor is out-of-state.

I imagine Newark Mayor Cory Booker actually going out to shovel snow will be what most people remember. There are already some voices asking Booker to move to NYC to replace handwringing Bloomberg, who should ask Rahway (most snowfall) to come over and dig out Brooklyn...since Rahway cleaned up first.

Yeah, Obama should have kept his mouth shut on Michael Vick. Might want to consider keeping his mouth shut for the next two years, and retire to Zimbabwe as a permanent post-colonial peacekeeper.

Posted by: K2K2 | December 29, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

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