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

Morning Bits

By Jennifer Rubin

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.

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 7, 2010; 7:45 AM ET
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Comments

If we had ANYBODY else but Obama as president, we would be able to harness the intense anxiety in “Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the U.A.E. and a whole bunch of other Arab states” concerning Iran’s nuclear ambitions to address and even solve a whole host of problems in the Middle East. But not Obama.

Obama not simply inept, he is willfully inept; and so is Hillary Clinton.

Posted by: nvjma | December 7, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

"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?"

No we don't, because the Bush administration spent 8 years buiiding up the power and prestige of Iran, in spite of advice from the Saudis and others that we were doing exactly that.

Posted by: 54465446 | December 7, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

nvjma:

Anybody like George Bush perhaps?

Posted by: 54465446 | December 7, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse


Is Jennifer Rubin capable of writing a column that doesn't touch on israel (or is that really the reason the WaPo hired her)?

Posted by: Thoughtful-Ted | December 7, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Liberal Democrats in Congress can't bear the idea of letting people keep their own money, no matter how bad the economy gets.

Jennifer,I'm not a Liberal Democrat,I'm a Free Market economist of the Austrian School. If your agenda is people keeping their own money,Inflation is the issue,not taxes. The trouble with Inflation is that it requires some Economics basics to understand it. 80% of what money can buy has disappeared over the last few decades,not by taxes,but by Inflation. So,
if you can,please write a Post on Inflation,its causes,its history,and how we can get rid of it.
This Tax issue is a lot of fun,but it has little to do with the terrible problems our economy is facing.

Posted by: rcaruth | December 7, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

http://www.shadowstats.com/alternate_data

http://seekingalpha.com/article/226186-cpi-not-a-true-index-of-inflation

http://allfinancialmatters.com/2010/09/20/whats-the-real-inflation-rate/

Posted by: rcaruth | December 7, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

http://www.shadowstats.com/alternate_data

http://seekingalpha.com/article/226186-cpi-not-a-true-index-of-inflation

http://allfinancialmatters.com/2010/09/20/whats-the-real-inflation-rate/

Posted by: rcaruth | December 7, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

rcaruth:

A hard currency man like yourself should have gold and commodities up the wazoo by now, do you not?

We are both prepared for the 2011 inflation, even though we differ. The rest will have to figure it out on their own.

Posted by: 54465446 | December 7, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

rcaruth:
A hard currency man like yourself should have gold and commodities up the wazoo by now, do you not?
We are both prepared for the 2011 inflation, even though we differ. The rest will have to figure it out on their own.
Posted by: 54465446

They can't seem to figure it out,and that's why I Blog on NeoConservative site,it's fascinating to me that Ideology trumps Economics everytime. I can prove factually that Inflation costs our earners much more than taxation,in the long run. 80% of our buying power has disappeared in the last twenty years,but you can't blame the Democrats for inflation,it's a systemic issue,and Neocons,THE SAME AS LIBERALS,like to blame rather than to think rationally.
As far as the part about me being flush with Assets,I put five kids thru college and Grad School, Nuff said?

Posted by: rcaruth | December 7, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Try again, Rubin - Hal Rogers, Kentucky's "Prince of Pork", is now the GOP's chairman of the Appropriations Committee.

Posted by: oruacat2 | December 7, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

"Liberal Democrats in Congress can't bear the idea of letting people keep their own money, no matter how bad the economy gets." I was hoping this would be a serious blog with good discussions but lines like that make me think I shouldn't bother.

Posted by: TomCantlon | December 8, 2010 2:03 AM | Report abuse

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