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Posted at 8:24 AM ET, 01/16/2011

Morning Bits

By Jennifer Rubin

The RNC is $20M in debt. "Almost immediately, [its new chairman Reince] Priebus will have to go into fundraising mode; he predicted this at the debate at the National Press Club, declaring that the next chairman would have to spend "five, six hours a day calling major donors, working like a dog. As chairman, Priebus will face two challenges: skeptical large donors and a distrustful grassroots." Other than governor of California is there a worse job now than RNC chairman?

"The Obama administration's approach to China is entirely consistent with establishment foreign policy thinking over the last 40 years, with a few brief exceptions, through Republican and Democrat administrations. One result is a Chinese government that is no longer simply a menace to its neighbors, but now has the economic influence and military capabilities to extend coercion around the globe." Other than the horrendous human rights atrocities, is there a worse time for a state dinner with the Chinese president?

Jay Cost on Tim Pawlenty: "He's good on budgets. . . . He is from Minnesota. . . . He is disarming." Other than "too nice," what's the beef with him?

Embattled DOJ official Julie Fernandes cancels a "brown bag" lunch. Other than seeing RSVP's from journalists rigorously covering the New Black Panther Party scandal, what could be the reason? (Don't hold your breath waiting for the date to be "rescheduled.")

Elliott Abrams debunks the Clinton-induced spin on her human rights speech. "Press reports of her speech were glowing. 'Clinton Rips Arabs for Lack of Reform,' said the Wall Street Journal on page one. The New York Times story was headed 'Clinton Bluntly Presses Arab Leaders on Reform.' But in fact Secretary Clinton did not use the occasion in Doha to deliver a substantial message about human rights and democracy. In fact neither term--neither 'democracy' nor 'human rights'--actually appears in her remarks, nor does the simple but powerful term 'freedom.'" Other than equating terrorists with a mentally ill young man and pulling her punches on human rights, she had a marvelous week.

"House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Friday endorsed the idea for mixed seating at the State of the Union address." Other than that, are we going to see any bipartisanship?

Politico's headline: "Immigration downplayed at GOP event." Other than having two panels discuss immigration reform, having a GOP presidential candidate come to talk to the Hispanic Leadership Network event and explaining that the next step is to formulate a comprehensive immigration plan, what more would the reporter like? Maybe a Wall Street Journal interview from the event with Jeb Bush in which he discusses immigration at length.

By Jennifer Rubin  | January 16, 2011; 8:24 AM ET
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Comments

We must demand, and enforce, financial disclosure laws, on the Republican party. If they're going to be so bold to elect leaders who seek to prevent, and repeal my legal equalities, they should have the balls to show who supports their cause.

Posted by: FlexSF | January 16, 2011 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Obama needs MORE state dinners. Very powerful use of soft power to show respect for China, whose culture is so sensitive to 'saving face'.

Diplomatic gestures are not always carrots or sticks.

Posted by: K2K2 | January 16, 2011 11:22 AM | Report abuse

FlexSF:
"We must demand, and enforce, financial disclosure laws, on the Republican party. If they're going to be so bold to elect leaders who seek to prevent, and repeal my legal equalities, they should have the balls to show who supports their cause."

Already done. Thanks for your input.

Posted by: OldeDog | January 16, 2011 11:51 AM | Report abuse

"We must demand, and enforce, financial disclosure laws, on the Republican party"

Let's use the same disclosure standards as Obama2008 credit card donations:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/28/AR2008102803413.html

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/10/29/obamas-easy-credit/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/29/obama-accepting-untraceab_n_138842.html?page=3

Change You Can Believe In... and see in your bank account.

Posted by: TominColorado | January 16, 2011 11:56 AM | Report abuse

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