Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) for secretary of defense in the Ryan-Rubio administration. (Showing why he is an essential figure on national security, Josh Rogin reports on the letter Lieberman and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) wrote to Obama on China.)
Should Lieberman retire, the Republicans won't lack for candidates. "Former congressman Rob Simmons hasn't ruled out a senatorial bid in 2012 -- and neither has former gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley. The former ambassador to Ireland, who just barely lost the Connecticut governorship to Dannel Malloy in November, tells NRO he hasn't 'made any decision one way or the other' regarding the rumored soon-to-be open seat." Actually, a smart conservative has in mind a man-of-the-people and an articulate defender of the American dream: Frank Ricci.
Arianna Huffington is for getting serious about jobs creation. She is worried "about Democrats' commitment to clearly outlining a set of initiatives that could spur job creation and a revival of the middle class." Yes, the president and Democratic Senate and House utterly failed in this regard. Maybe with a Republican House majority the White House and Senate Democrats will get their act together.
Reason for concern: "Tunisia's banned Islamist Ennahdha movement will request official status as a political party, one of its leaders said Tuesday, after a spokesman said Ennahdha [the Islamist party] would take part in parliamentary elections."
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer blames Democrats for not "selling health care." They sold it plenty; the public just didn't buy it.
Now defensive Democrats like Hoyer are promising to work for "improvement" of ObamaCare. By all means, repeal and replace! The debate suddenly is now about just how flawed ObamaCare is.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is pressuring the Senate for an up-or-down vote on ObamaCare. "'If Harry Reid is so confident it [would] die in the Senate, he should bring it up if he thinks he has the votes [to defeat it],'" Cantor said of the health care repeal bill."
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is all for "scolding" China. Maybe we should do more than scold. Scolding is a beginning, but not sufficient.
| January 19, 2011; 7:45 AM ET
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