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Posted at 7:45 AM ET, 12/13/2010

Morning Bits

By Jennifer Rubin

In Sept. 2011 Americans will be commemorating the tenth anniversary of 9/11 while the U.N. will be engaging in another round of Israel defamation. "It's perverse. It's inexcusable. And it's business as usual in Turtle Bay. Sept. 2011, you see, also marks the 10th anniversary of the Durban Conference on Racism, a week-long farce that accused Israel of being the world's most racist nation and sought to undermine its very right to exist. So last month Yemen sponsored a resolution calling for the anniversary meet-up. The idea is to create a forum for yet another round of Israel-bashing hate speech. In a sane world, such a party would be ridden out of town. At the UN, the resolution passed 121 to 19, with 35 abstentions."

Bill Clinton does the press conferences, while Joe Biden does the deal-making. "[T]he president is increasingly using Mr. Biden as a multipurpose emissary while continuing to seek his counsel behind the scenes. Mr. Biden not only played an important role in negotiating the tax deal with Republicans and trying to sell it to Democrats, but also was one of the people in the West Wing who urged Mr. Obama to try to find a compromise on the issue in the first place, aides said." So what is it that Obama does?

LIberals whine while David Axelrod gives Speaker Nancy Pelosi the brush off. "President Obama's top adviser said Sunday that Democrats will ultimately vote for the tax cut compromise Obama reached with Republicans. David Axelrod said that he thinks House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will allow a vote on the package that has enraged Democrats because 'she understands the consequences of inaction.'" In other words, she's got no choice but to bring the Senate bill to the House floor for a vote.

Conservative talk show hosts and wanna-be presidential contenders think the Republicans have been had while Matt Continetti talks sense."The bottom line is that tax cuts will be off the table for the next two years, while spending cuts will be on the table. That sounds pretty good to us. The deal also lays the groundwork for a GOP budget that returns non-defense discretionary spending to pre-recession levels. It prepares us for a larger conversation in 2012 over the future of entitlements and the appropriate size and scope of the federal government. If President Obama wants to jump in the pool with conservatives and Republicans, so be it. C'mon in. The water's fine."

Republicans are gleeful about Obama's meltdown while Roger Simon cautions: "But there is a bigger reason not to gloat. We are stuck with this odd duck for another two years at minimum and now everyone, the entire world really, knows what he is like....We need a leader and don't have one. This is extremely bad news for our country, especially now." (h/t Glenn Reynolds)

Ehud Barak offers to partition Jerusalem while Prime Minister Bibi Netanyhu says the equivalent of sheket bavakashah.

Democrats are trying to fiddle with the tax deal while Republicans say enough with the haggling. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc) on Fox News Sunday: "The answer is no, we are not interested in changing this deal. We're interested in passing this through." If not for the hostage-taking liberals this would be done by now.

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 13, 2010; 7:45 AM ET
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In response to the Yemeni resolution some country should propose a “shut up” resolution to Arab states which permit persecution of non-Islamic religions and /or do not allow freedom of religion.

Posted by: nvjma | December 13, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

We are stuck with this odd duck [Obama] for another two years at minimum and now everyone, the entire world really, knows what he is like....We need a leader and don't have one. This is extremely bad news for our country, especially now."

Everyone that is except the Liberal media and probably most of the readership of the Washington Post.

Posted by: nvjma | December 13, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Matt Continetti, whoever he is, didn't get the email. Any kind of large scale spending cuts go out the window with the tax cut deal. Closely following them is all Tea Party rhetoric. There will of course be some pecking around the edges, symbolic type cuts, but any large scale deald die the day this vote is successful.

Posted by: 54465446 | December 13, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Israel is the world's most racist nation.

Posted by: Thoughtful-Ted | December 13, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

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