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Posted at 7:45 AM ET, 02/13/2011

Morning Bits

By Jennifer Rubin

Sarah Palin goes Ron Paul? "Palin is the second prominent Republican to call for cuts to foreign aid in recent months. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) called for wide-ranging cuts in foreign aid, including aid to Israel -- a controversial demand even within his own cut-friendly party. It was not clear whether Palin would back similar cuts to Israel, but she prefaced her call for cuts by noting she 'say[s] this as a Republican, as a true American who wants to make sure that there's peace in the world and that America's interests are heard and adhered to.' "

The GOP House goes after President Obama's environmental agenda. "House Republicans threw down the gauntlet at the Obama administration's energy and environmental agenda Friday night, proposing to defund the White House energy adviser's office and block the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions.In addition to slashing the Environmental Protection Agency's budget by $3 billion - nearly twice as much as they originally proposed - GOP lawmakers included language in the continuing resolution to strip the agency of its ability to implement climate change rules." Anxious to know how many jobs all this would save.

No one bests Pam Geller in the crackpot department. She goes after CPAC: "This is the problem with CPAC. it's corrupted and compromised by the Muslim Brotherhood." Aside from Ron Paul, none of the speakers seemed weak on fighting Islamic terror. So why isn't she attacking him?

Liberal watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington goes around the bend. "A Washington ethics watchdog says it is time for Congress to crack down on lawmakers who sleep in their offices rather than pay for a place to live." Good grief, are there no real ethics issues for CREW to police?

Citing the Post's Glenn Kessler, ABC's Jake Tapper goes after the notion that Obama took democracy promotion seriously. "Perhaps more glaringly, while the Bush administration tried to directly fund civil society in Egypt -- pro-democracy groups and the like -- the Obama administration changed that policy and cut funding significantly, ending an effort to provide direct funding to democracy groups not 'approved' by the Egyptian government, and reduced funding in the budget for programs to promote civil society groups." Read the whole thing.

Glenn Beck goes for the pro-dictator audience. "While on MSNBC, Chris Matthews and the field reporters in Egypt were giddily wondering whether other Middle Eastern regimes might fall, doom and gloom Beck was praying that it wouldn't happen." Those on the right and left who took the same stance (albeit with less crazy rhetoric) might want to rethink how they got it so wrong.

It goes to show that social conservatives need a better strategy than boycotting. The "boycott" of CPAC was a bust. Most major presidential contenders showed up, there was scant mention of social issues, the confab had record attendance (11,000) and Sarah Palin endorsed GOProud's attendance.

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 13, 2011; 7:45 AM ET
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Populist Princess Sarah Palin leads the cutting edge of Conservative policy. She alone has the style & substance to defeat Obama in 2012.

Posted by: bubbasouth | February 13, 2011 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Just my opinion,I've been seeing this pattern with Ms. Palin from the beginning of her exposure on the national platform. I've noticed that Ms. Palin lacks being geniune is given a pass by the media. Most times, Ms.Palin is asked questions which are more than likely answered by another candidate in her party. Usually, Ms. Palin has been given the opportunity to repeat their responses, but Ms. Palin's ability to add more of a personal attacks on President Obama is viewed news worthy by media. Why can't her followers see that she's a phony, who abilities to stay afloat has nothing to do with her intellect but the media's ability to frame her as variable candidate when most have known that isn't the case. These people are quickl silented by the media as well as the megaphones of Limbo and Beck. When other candidates are given the opportunity to attack her credentials, Ms. Palin seizes the opportunity to spill out of her mouth not-so-lady like comments. When her use of the media has allowed and/or given her false courage in thinking, she can say anything without repercussion. Subjectively, I beleive that no one has denied that Ms. Palin is a train wreck about to happen but how long will her republican partners stand on the tracks and allow her to just run them down. Since the media has no desire to tell the public truths about her inability to run this country. They should be held at a higher degree to protect us from this un-qualified person. The Republican party is not being allowed to look at a more qualified candidates in their party due to Ms. Palin and family's 24/7 coverage. How oftened Ms. Palin's motive or hunger for self acknowledgement,in house fightings and profitabilty are viewed as american exceptionalism and play ground squabbles.
Why do we allow this barely employed half governor, Ms. Palin continue to consume the air and time of this country. She is a walking billboard of hatre in this country towards its first African Amercian President. I guess this is what we called "the amercian way".

Posted by: jackleand | February 13, 2011 9:13 AM | Report abuse

I thought both of these were dissing Obama for not supporting Israel, and now they want to cut foreign aid - that's contradictory. These people need to present detailed plans to implement what they talk about.

Posted by: chris76543 | February 13, 2011 9:15 AM | Report abuse

"Those on the right and left who took the same stance (albeit with less crazy rhetoric) might want to rethink how they got it so wrong."

What I would like to know is how you can be so certain this will turn out well? I remember how joyful the media and other cheerleaders were when the Shah of Iran was overthrown. How's that working out?

Posted by: mhavis | February 13, 2011 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Social issues never caused anyone to lose a job or home. Ever since Republicans started spending as much/more than Dems (with Reagan and Cheney/Bush), "social issues" became popular as a difference between "conservatives", but more Republicans cave when doing so means getting votes (GOProud by Sarah [interesting when she upset some "right" of her], immigration/Hispanics, token minorities in the generally bigoted Tea Parties, etc. At least they seem to have dampened the Larry Craig and Mark Foley types - what an embarrassment to the high self-proclaimed high and mighty.

Posted by: chris76543 | February 13, 2011 9:24 AM | Report abuse

A true American puts America's interests first not Israel's. It's time to end the billions in welfare we send Israel every year.

Posted by: David77 | February 13, 2011 12:16 PM | Report abuse

The Republican schizophrenia over foreign aid is riveting. Most of them don't even know that foreign aid is less than 1% of the budget and most of that is actually military aid which lines the pockets of the military industrial complex. If you think that money is going to be cut, I've got some swamp land for sale. The only cuts the GOP is interested in is that which doesn't benefit their corporate masters. The American people struggling to survive aren't even on their radar.

Posted by: fingersfly | February 14, 2011 7:44 AM | Report abuse

"Palin is the second prominent Republican to call for cuts to foreign aid in recent months. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) called for wide-ranging cuts in foreign aid..."

So what is the difference? Well, Rand Paul is a freshman senator from KY. He's trying to stick with the commitments he made while campaigning last year. Time will tell if he succeeds, and whether he ought to. But we should give him some consideration since he is one of only 100 senators.

Palin is irrelevant. Since losing the election in 2008 she has done nothing to give her credibility on national politics. She is an opportunist.

I realize the MSM continues to quote and report on her because doing so sells papers and increases viewership.

But everyone knows she's an empty suit with no credentials. Your viewership may decline, but your credibility will increase significantly.

Posted by: MDLaxer | February 14, 2011 11:45 PM | Report abuse

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