So much for liberals' understanding of voting laws. "The Georgia Supreme Court upheld the state's photo-ID voting requirement today in a 6-1 vote. . . . Democratic Party of Georgia v. Perdue was the last outstanding legal hurdle for the Georgia law, which has now been in place for more than five years. The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the statute in 2009 against challenges under the U.S. Constitution and federal voting-rights laws (the U.S. Supreme Court denied review). The U.S. Supreme Court similarly upheld Indiana's photo-ID law against constitutional attack in 2008, as did the Indiana Supreme Court in 2010. A key element in all of these cases, including this latest one: None of the plaintiffs could produce any voters who were actually unable to vote because of the ID requirements."
So much for the punditocracy's insistence that Sarah Palin is the leader of the GOP. "According to a Quinnipiac poll in which voters rated their feelings about politicians and other national figures, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is 'the hottest politician on the thermometer.' . . . Former speaker Nancy Pelosi received the coolest rating from voters, while Majority Leader Harry Reid ranks next lowest, followed by former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. . . . One can sense how much Palin has been diminished in the public's esteem in recent months. Her endless Twittering, her lack of basic knowledge about public policy and inability to articulate a compelling case for conservatism, and her striking sense of grievances and resentments (some of which are understandable) have come at quite a cost."
So much for the criticism that Tim Pawlenty is too "nice." He seems tougher than the so-called frontrunner: "First, Pawlenty was elected as a conservative whereas [Mitt] Romney ran as a moderate. Second, Pawlenty pursued a more confrontational strategy: He didn't cut any grand bipartisan deal, as Romney did with Ted Kennedy on health care. Third, and as a result, Pawlenty's record does not include anything as likely to offend conservative voters as Romney's Massachusetts health-care law, which made the purchase of health insurance compulsory. Fourth, Pawlenty won reelection in his blue state, even in 2006, which was a slaughterhouse of a year for Republicans. Romney, by contrast, left the governorship after one term: He was unable to position himself as a conservative for a presidential run while staying popular in his home state. Fifth, Pawlenty has an ability to connect to blue-collar voters that Romney has never demonstrated."
So much for Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.). "Burdened by what he called 'consequences to sin,' Nevada Sen. John Ensign announced Monday afternoon he would not seek a third term, creating the eighth open Senate seat of the 2012 cycle."
So much for the idea we can't set up a no-fly zone over Libya. This administration just refuses to do so without laborious negotiations for multilateral agreement. How many Libyans die in the meantime? "Britain and France are preparing a UN Security Council resolution authorizing a no-fly zone over Libya, and diplomats said on Monday it will be tough but not impossible to get Russia and China's support."
So much for President Obama's anti-Bush vitriol. "President Obama reversed his two-year-old order halting new military charges against detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, on Monday, permitting a resumption of military trials under rules he said provide adequate rights for defendants but implicitly admitting the failure for now of his pledge to close the prison camp." (It's the New York Times, so you'll have to suffer through the misuse of the term "prison camp.")
So much for the "most transparent administration in history." Obama shoos away reporters, again.
| March 8, 2011; 7:45 AM ET
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