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Posted at 7:45 AM ET, 02/21/2011

Morning Bits

By Jennifer Rubin

Time for Obama in verse? Read the whole, hysterical thing.

Time for clarity on Obama. ABC's Jon Karl: "Look, the president was quicker and more forceful in his denouncement of Governor Scott Walker than he was in denouncing Hosni Mubarak." Well organized labor is a lot more important to him than democracy in the Middle East.

Time for hope and change? Bill Kristol talks on Fox News Sunday about Wisconsin: "Yes, I think so. It's a long -- it's a much-needed reform, probably somewhat overdue. I mean, in the private sector, unions bargain with management for a share of the profits. Management's interests are adverse to those of unions, so it's a real bargain. Here the unions elect a Democratic governor like they did in Wisconsin the last two cycles, Jim Doyle, and then -- and then Jim Doyle gives them an incredibly generous contract. So he doesn't bust the budget, he doesn't give them that much in wages, he gives them these huge benefits: health insurance and others in the out years. It's a -- it's a corrupt system, really, honestly. It can't be sustained. And I think Governor Walker is absolutely right to say you can't just take a one-shot adjustment to this. We need to change the rules of the game."

Time for 2012 Republican contenders to be heard? "Asked if he's spoken with other governors during the past week of protests, [Gov. Scott] Walker told Fox News, 'Absolutely. Whether it's [Ohio Gov. Kasich], or Chris Christie or Mitch Daniels, or Tim Pawlenty, they're saying hang in there, you're doing the right thing.'" Where's Mitt Romney?

Time for fiscal sanity? "The House [Continuing Resolution], which was approved on a party-line vote at 4:40 a.m. after five days of debate, eliminates dozens of programs and offices while slashing agency budgets by as much as 40 percent. . . . 'It's democracy in action,' Boehner said in an impromptu, triumphal news conference off the House floor just past 9 p.m. Friday, when it was clear the bill would pass. 'I'm proud of this vote,' he added. The bigger victors were the 87 Republican freshmen, whose dismissal of an earlier plan that would have cut about $35 billion led House leaders to quickly draw up the larger package of cuts. Unshackled by Boehner's commitment to a freewheeling process, the freshmen dominated the floor Friday and Saturday morning in passing amendments that moved the legislation further to the right, limiting the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to enforce clean-air standards and defunding the Consumer Product Safety Commission's ability to create a database of injuries."

Time for a primary challenge? "A senior Senate Republican on Sunday rejected the spending bill approved by House Republicans on Saturday. Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) said the size of the $61 billion in cuts proposed by the House is 'reasonable,' but he wouldn't support the bill as it stands."

Time for some presidential leadership? Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) criticizing Obama on Meet the Press: "He did not lead in the State of the Union... It's a fiscally timid budget. It goes nohwere near where the debt commission went.. . . It's just not the document we need to keep from becoming Greece."

Time for the "international community" to focus on something other than Israel? (Fat chance.) "Snipers shot protesters, artillery and helicopter gunships were used against crowds of demonstrators, and thugs armed with hammers and swords attacked families in their homes as the Libyan regime sought to crush the uprising. 'Dozens were killed ... We are in the midst of a massacre here,' a witness told Reuters. The man said he helped take victims to hospital in Benghazi. Libyan Muslim leaders told security forces to stop killing civilians, responding to a spiralling death toll from unrest which threatens veteran leader Muammar Gaddafi's authority. "

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 21, 2011; 7:45 AM ET
Categories:  Morning Bits  
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"A Nostalgic Watergate Wallow for the WaPo"

Watch out Bad Rachel with your Obama ditty
Or in a ringer you just might find your t-tty!

(No pardon requested by or granted to the ghost of Mitchell)

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