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Posted at 7:45 AM ET, 01/20/2011

Morning Bits

By Jennifer Rubin

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) doesn't invite Steve Emerson as a witness on his hearings on Islamic radicalism. Emerson then pens a bizzaro letter to show just how right King was.

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) doesn't feel the slightest remorse for comparing Republican ObamaCare critics to "Goebbels." Civility, you see, is for the other guys.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) doesn't care for the no-vote strategy of the Democrats. "The Democratic leadership in the Senate doesn't want to vote on this bill. But I assure you, we will." And few know the rules of the Senate as well as he.

Elliott Abrams doesn't give Obama high marks on the Middle East, and he's not too optimistic it will get any better. "None of the personnel changes thus far announced involves anyone with a new and different perspective on the Middle East. No doubt there is some rethinking going on at the White House, but there is no sign that the President believes things have gone wrong. As William Quandt (who served in the NSC in the Nixon and Carter years) wrote in his book Peace Process, 'Wishful thinking is a particularly potent way to resolve uncertainty.'"

The Jasmine Revolution doesn't have a clear winner yet. "No one can yet say whether democracy is at hand. The new regime has not yet consolidated power, but neither have the protestors calling for liberal reforms. Of all the groups that have participated in this street revolution, the Islamists are clearly the most organized opposition group, as they were during the Iranian revolution in 1979."

"Symbolic" doesn't mean it's not real important. The Wall Street editorial board writes: "Democrats are deriding last night's House vote to repeal ObamaCare as 'symbolic,' and it was, but that is not the same as meaningless. The stunning political reality is that a new entitlement that was supposed to be a landmark of liberal governance has been repudiated by a majority of one chamber of Congress only 10 months after it passed. This sort of thing never happens." Well, it's not every election in which the majority loses 63 seats.

Gail Collins doesn't get it: ObamaCare is going away, maybe bit by bit and maybe by court ruling. "But here's my bottom line: even if [Obama] never does anything else, he's already accomplished a greater domestic agenda than any president in the last half-century." And, then, what does his legacy look like?

By Jennifer Rubin  | January 20, 2011; 7:45 AM ET
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Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) doesn't feel the slightest remorse for comparing Republican ObamaCare critics to "Goebbels." Civility, you see, is for the other guys.

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Further, Cohen seems to also feel not the slightest remorse for freely using the term "blood libel" in its current colloquial sense either. How did Cohen manage to escape your wrath when you pilloried Palin?

Posted by: marybel9999 | January 20, 2011 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Did Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) forget that he was live on C-Span1? Nazi metaphors have no place in any discourse. Goebbels certainly did not have the copyright on the propaganda technique called "The Big Lie".

Everyone, not just Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), sould start quoting George Orwell's 1946 essay "Politics and the English Language, starting with:

"...In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defense of the
indefensible. ...

the following rules will cover most cases:

(i) Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are
used to seeing in print.

(ii) Never use a long word where a short one will do.

(iii) If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.

(iv) Never use the passive where you can use the active.

(v) Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or a jargon word if you
can think of an everyday English equivalent.

(vi) Break any of these rules sooner than say anything barbarous.

...
one ought to recognize that the present
political chaos is connected with the decay of language,
...
Political language-and with variations this is true of all political
parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists--is designed to make lies sound
truthful and murder respectable. and to give an appearance of solidity to
pure wind. ..."

http://www.george-orwell.org/Politics_and_the_English_Language/0.html


Posted by: K2K2 | January 20, 2011 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Did Steve step on his foreskin? Ooops. I forgot.

Posted by: veritasintco | January 20, 2011 9:26 AM | Report abuse

"The Jasmine Revolution doesn't have a clear winner yet. "No one can yet say whether democracy is at hand. The new regime has not yet consolidated power, but neither have the protestors calling for liberal reforms. Of all the groups that have participated in this street revolution, the Islamists are clearly the most organized opposition group, as they were during the Iranian revolution in 1979."

Hedging your bets is one thing, but soon we'll have to start calling you Jennifer Romney.

Wasn't it just yesterday that you wrote a piece about how Tunisia was sparking democratic revolution all over the Arab world? Now you're not sure if there's going to be a revolution and if so whether it will be democratic.

At least you get to play the two-headed coin though as I wrote yesterday. If things turn out well, you'll give credit to Bush, and if they go badly you'll blame Obama.

It's a can't miss strategy!

Posted by: johnmarshall5446 | January 20, 2011 11:02 AM | Report abuse

The channelling of Elliott Abrams, an Iran Contra re-tread and key brainchild behind the lies of the Iraq War, please explain how we are supposed to find his insights to be valid, constructive, helpful, and informative.

Posted by: Mackdawg1 | January 20, 2011 3:26 PM | Report abuse

As lead attorney in the Florida and Multi-State Lawsuit case, David Rivkin was the first lawyer to identify the law as unconstitutional. That's it, unconstitutional! He initially said ObamaCare did not pass the smell test and finally the rest of America is waking up!

Posted by: SellingNY | January 20, 2011 4:55 PM | Report abuse

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