A headline liberals can't bear to see: "Bush job approval rating higher than Obama's." Yup, faster than anyone imagined: "This is the first time Gallup asked Americans to retrospectively rate Bush's job performance. And it was a stunning turnaround from his low point of 25 percent in November 2008. The 47 percent number is 13 points higher than the last Gallup poll taken before Bush left office in 2009 and the highest rating for him since before Hurricane Katrina in 2005."
The Obama team can't bear the the idea that sanctions aren't going to halt the Iranians' nuclear program. But not every leader is as credulous as ours: "International sanctions are not likely to convince Tehran to abandon its nuclear program and Monday's talks in Geneva between Iran and the P5+1 countries are only the first step in a process that could take years to succeed, according to Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt." But we really don't have years, do we?
Liberal Democrats in Congress can't bear the idea of letting people keep their own money, no matter how bad the economy gets. "House Democratic leaders will meet with President Obama on Monday and press him to take a tougher negotiating line with Republicans on extending the Bush-era tax cuts. The meeting with Obama and Senate Democratic leaders follows a separate meeting between the leaders and Vice President Joe Biden on Monday." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Rep. Chris Van Hollen are still arguing to sock it to the rich. They sure don't seem to get the message voters delivered in November.
Those who thought Republicans can't bear to break their addiction to pork should think again. "As the House Appropriations Committee stands poised to make a former earmarker its chairman, incoming House speaker John Boehner throws his support to porkbuster Jeff Flake."
True believers can't bear to admit but the magic -- and the troops -- are gone. "One group has been conspicuously quiet during the debate over whether to extend all or some of the Bush tax cuts: Organizing for America. hile groups such as the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and MoveOn.org have rallied the grassroots to call on President Obama to fight against a compromise extending current tax rates or high-end earners, OFA has been largely silent."
The Walt-Mearsheimer crowd can't bear to admit that the WikiLeaks leaks undermine their Israel lobby trope. Jeffrey Goldberg (not exactly one of dreaded neocons they like to grouse about) explains things: "So let's get this straight: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the U.A.E. and a whole bunch of other Arab states want the U.S. to confront -- in the most militant way possible -- Iran, which threatens their existence. At the same time, according to this latest Wikileak leak, these very same countries do very little to stop the flow of money to al Qaeda, which uses said money to try to kill Americans, the same Americans who are supposed to risk their blood and treasure to confront Iran. The Middle East: What's not to love?"
What left of the J Street spin squad can't bear to acknowledge that the group discredited by its association with Richard Goldstone, foreign funding and multiple misrepresentations about both is nothing more than a shill for the PLO. Oh, yes.
Read the letter to the editor from the group's DC Metro chair.
If you can't bear to hear "I have a little dreidel" one more time, take three minutes to watch and listen.
| December 7, 2010; 7:45 AM ET
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