First, there was Students for Daniels, and now two conservatives want to draft Rep. Mike Pence (R.-Ind.) for president.
First, he accused Republicans of responsibility for the Arizona murders, and now Paul Krugman accuses conservatives of wanting to keep Americans uninsured. Yuval Levin explains that neither CBO or the White House claim "the law will actually reduce health-care spending or the rise of health-care costs--which are the actual problems at the core of our health-care dilemma and the reason why insurance has moved out of the reach of a growing number of American families." He also points to the "array" of Republican alternatives. I guess Krugman is going the Keith Olbermann route.
First, liberals championed the counter-productive (from their standpoint) filibuster reform, and now they may have blown it on the call for "civility," Mickey Kaus argues. "If a 'civility' crusade succeeds in getting the most volatile Republicans to cool it and stop irritating the center, it won't be doing Obama's work for him. It will be doing John Boehner's work for him."
First, J Street escorted Richard Goldstone around Capitol Hill, and now the Israel-bashing group puts out this: "J Street is speaking out against the Knesset's approval of a commission of inquiry into Israeli human rights and civil society non-governmental organizations. We are deeply troubled by the increasing strands of racism, authoritarianism and McCarthyism emerging throughout Israel's politics and society." Why, that sounds like the demonization, delegitimization and double standards that Hannah Rosenthal would deplore.
First, civil rights groups wanted no one judged on the basis of race, and now many liberal groups get in a tizzy about that idea. This statement by Ohio Gov. John Kasich is what got the Southern Christian Leadership Conference bent out of shape: "I want the best possible team I can get, and, hopefully, we will be in a position that we are fully diverse as we go forward. But I can't say I need to find somebody to fit this metric, not when I am trying to get a state that is in deep trouble out of trouble." Really, if we start judging people on the content of their character and their own abilities, where will it lead?
"First Minnesota's Tim Pawlenty, now Haley Barbour" is putting off a decision on a 2012 run until the spring, Jim Geraghty tells us.
First, Obama fails to meet with Chinese dissidents, and now he hosts their oppressor. Ellen Bork reminds us that Obama didn't meet with dissidents in China and has been steering clear here at home of "people who would have offended Chinese leaders -- people like Harry Wu, the former prisoner of China's laogai, or forced labor camps; Rebiya Kadeer, the exiled Uighur leader; Ngawang Sandrol, a Tibetan nun jailed and tortured for her songs of praise for the Dalai Lama; Wang Juntao, a former Tiananmen protester; or Wan Yanhai, a famous AIDS activist and longtime associate of Liu Xiaobo -- they were absent." The administration is talking a better game on human rights, but it's policy seems little different.
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