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Posted at 7:45 AM ET, 01/24/2011

Morning Bits

By Jennifer Rubin

It just might be they don't believe in color-blind civil rights enforcement. In a New York firefighter case: "Judge Garaufis is trying to impose quotas, and the Justice Department backs him. This push disregards a high-profile 2009 Supreme Court decision knocking down the same practices. In Ricci v. DeStefano, the court ruled the city of New Haven, Conn., could not discard the results of an objective, neutral firefighter test merely because of a racially disparate passage rate. . . .The lead Justice Department attorney in the FDNY case is Loretta King, who ordered the dismissal of most voter-intimidation charges against Black Panthers in Philadelphia and who is hip-deep in other race-based legal controversies."

It just might be that our "elite" universities aren't doing their job. Heather Wilson writes in the Post: "Our great universities seem to have redefined what it means to be an exceptional student. They are producing top students who have given very little thought to matters beyond their impressive grasp of an intense area of study. This narrowing has resulted in a curiously unprepared and superficial pre-professionalism."

It just might be that Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) is on to them. "Well, look, when you hear, with all due respect to our Democratic friends, any time they want to spend, they call it investment, so I think you will hear the president talk about investing a lot Tuesday night. We've got a huge spending problem here. We've had over $1 trillion annual deficit each of the last two years. Our friends on the other side a couple of years ago passed a budget that will double the national debt in five and triple it in 10. I mean, most of us think, and most American -- of the American people think that we need to do something about this and start doing it now."

It just might be that MSNBC isn't the only network that doesn't want to work with Keith Olbermann.

It just might be that the State of the Union address isn't all that important. George Will broke the news to Christine Amanpour on This Week: "Between Jefferson and Woodrow Wilson, no one delivered this in person. They sent their report to Congress in writing. But now we've turned this into this panorama in which -- in an interminable speech, every president, regardless of party, tries to stroke every erogenous zone in the electorate. . . . And it becomes a political pep rally, to use the phrase of Chief Justice Roberts last year. If it's going to be a pep rally, with the president's supporters or whatever party standing up and braying approval, and histrionic pouting on the part of the other, then it's no place for the judiciary, it's no place for the uniformed military, and it's no place for non-adolescent legislators." Exactly.

It just might be that Republicans are serious about spending control. "House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) signaled that Republicans will reject President Obama's expected call for more federal spending in infrastructure, education and innovation initiatives. . . . Cantor said the House GOP would have 'three bites at the apple' to insist on serious spending cuts: a vote to increase the debt limit, a vote to keep the government running past March 4, and the annual budget."

It just might be that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) is the man Democrats fear most: "Democrats are already freaking out about the selection of Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) -- author of the entitlement-reforming 'Roadmap For America's Future' -- to deliver the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address next week."

By Jennifer Rubin  | January 24, 2011; 7:45 AM ET
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"Democrats are already freaking out about the selection of Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) … to deliver the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address [this] week."

Well if they do not like Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wis.), they can have Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-Minn.) alternative response, as you pointed out in yesterday’s “Morning Bits.” Maybe this will suave the Democrats on account of their loopy attachment to identity politics, though somehow I doubt it.

Posted by: nvjma | January 24, 2011 8:17 AM | Report abuse

I recall just a few days after Barack Hussein Obama took office, one of his African American supporters appeared on TV screaming into the camera photographing him that now White America was going to learn what it is like "to have a Black man for President."
Well with the likes of Holder, Loretta King, et al running the show, America is being given that lesson, and a disturbing one it is!

Posted by: Beniyyar | January 24, 2011 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Have to agree with George Will that it means nothing no matter which President delivers it.

Doubt that anyone is freaking out about Ryan.

He is definitely presidential material, but not until 2016, barring any black swan events.

Posted by: johnmarshall5446 | January 24, 2011 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Ryan can run for President 2012 only by very actively and substantively participating in the debate on the issues most important to the nation's future. As a practical matter, and sensibly enough, it could never work.

Posted by: cavalier4 | January 24, 2011 12:12 PM | Report abuse

The reason the Dems fear Ryan is that he comes across as utterly presidential -- clear-spoken, serious, grownup, responsible, and willing to tell the truth. In other words, everything Obama isn't. The contrast will be stunning.

On the bright side for Dems, do they really believe anyone will be watching Obama give another speech? Get real. The country stopped listening to this gasbag a year ago.

Posted by: johnnyramone | January 24, 2011 12:35 PM | Report abuse

nvjma writes "...Maybe this will suave the Democrats on account of their loopy attachment to identity politics,..."

'suave' the Democrats?? Could you possibly mean 'assuage' the Democrats?

me wuz eddicated in the purplish state of da Nile, man...jus messin' yer head!
Kay. ;-)

Posted by: aardunza | January 24, 2011 2:14 PM | Report abuse

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