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Posted at 7:45 AM ET, 02/ 2/2011

Morning Bits

By Jennifer Rubin

Even before he was forced to vote again and again on ObamaCare: "Among 21 Democratic senators up for re-election next year, there is little question that the most endangered is Nebraska's Ben Nelson, a conservative Democrat in an even more conservative state. . . .If the election were today, [Attorney General Jon] Bruning would oust Nelson, 50-39, as would [State Treasurer Don] Stenberg, but by a narrower 45-41 margin." And that's from a Democratic polling outfit, PPP.

Even Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) can hear the footsteps. Now she is co-sponsoring a spending cap. But didn't she vote for all the Obama spending? A tough re-election campaign makes all the difference in the world, doesn't it?

Israel is even more nervous than Obama about Hosni Mubarak's departure. Elliott Abrams counsels: "[Mubarak's] insistence on staying, his theft of last November's elections, and his flirting with the idea of setting his son upon the throne have led Egypt to its present crisis. Now he has said that he won't run in Egypt's scheduled presidential elections in September. Too late. . . . Now the crowds demand that he leave instantly, and the idea that this man will preside over the transition to free elections will strike them as grotesque--which it is. It's a sad ending to Mubarak's long career. It could have been avoided. But the Israeli reaction of wishing he would stay on--thirty-five years? forty?--shows a deep misunderstanding of the situation in Egypt."

Even Mitt Romney's book title (No Apology) sounds off key. It is intended as a paean to American greatness, but now it sounds like his defense on ObamaCare.

I suppose even a Bush daughter's appearance at CPAC would cause some social conservatives to boycott. "Barbara Bush, one of former President George W. Bush's twin daughters, is appearing in a new video voicing her support for same sex marriage."

Even the Koch brothers have rights, says the Los Angeles Times editorial board. "A decidedly odd protest took place over the weekend in Rancho Mirage, where hundreds of environmentalists, union members and other liberal activists descended on a resort to demonstrate not against pollution or poor working conditions or government policies, but a pair of billionaires. The point of the rally was to decry the corrosive impact of money on American governance, but we're not sure that the marchers were quite clear on the concepts of democracy and free speech."

Even "No Labels" can see Jon Huntsman is no conservative. ("Huntsman certainly reflects the kind of bipartisanship, civility and centrism that generally appeals to the No Labels community.") But I guess if Meg Whitman can throw away $144 million on a losing California gubernatorial race, Huntsman can throw away as much on a presidential run.

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 2, 2011; 7:45 AM ET
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Wow. What do you think of Senator Inouye’s change of heart? From today’s WaPo:

“After months of resistance, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) announced Tuesday that he will enforce a ban on earmarks in all Senate spending bills, ending a cherished practice by lawmakers that had become a symbol of wasteful excess.”

That’s on top of news of McConnell’s amendment, McCaskill’s spending cap, and 47 GOP senators backing ObamaCare repeal. And wasn’t there something about some judge doing something with some healthcare law?

It’s only Wednesday and already it’s a heckuva week.

Posted by: SCMike1 | February 2, 2011 8:24 AM | Report abuse

JR, I love reading your comments, but I am wondering what you have against Ambassador Huntsman. Would you please elaborate on your objections to him in a future post.

Posted by: jsfh1 | February 2, 2011 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Jennifer, though we are POLES apart, I want to give you kudos on something. You have gone all in on this one.

"But the Israeli reaction of wishing he would stay on--thirty-five years? forty?--shows a deep misunderstanding of the situation in Egypt."

You are so far alone on this (Abrams and few others too) that your future is assured.

If Egypt transitions to a relatively peaceful Turkey style democracy, you will deserve tons of credit for having held an unpopular position, even as the waters were rising Johnstown flood like around you.

If Egypt winds up in some form of Islamic government, you will have completely destroyed your credibility in the conservative foreign relations community.

So I say hats off to your guts, even though I think you are wrong!

Posted by: johnmarshall5446 | February 2, 2011 11:14 AM | Report abuse

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