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Posted at 7:45 AM ET, 03/ 8/2011

Morning Bits

By Jennifer Rubin

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.

By Jennifer Rubin  | March 8, 2011; 7:45 AM ET
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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."

LOLOLOLOL no agenda there.

Posted by: gopthestupidparty | March 8, 2011 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Gov. Tony Soprano Teletubby's approval ratings in NJ are approximately the same in NJ as Obama's are nationwide. And Obama beats him handily in NJ. He's basically Romney with a few more You-Tube videos, and alot less discipline.

Posted by: oldabandonedbeachhouse | March 8, 2011 8:56 AM | Report abuse

I would get a kick out of some blistering, thundering patrol scenario that would keep Gaddafi quivering in his bed, but so what?

Finishing the bio of Wm. Donovan last night, and reading about the dynamic between the aggressive Donovan (in SE Asia, post-Dien Bien Phu) and the careful Eisenhower, one might ask: What would Ike do?

I read these columns by Thiessen et al professing the need for an MEU and advisers and materiel and the like.

But what Ike would do, I suspect, is make a decision based on whether or not he wanted his own children walking into the lead and steel, in Libya. This clarifies where Gates is coming from, and his address to West Point last week.

I think Ike would be, today, calm and ironic about Libya, while unleashing some serious black ops and support, and shrugging at the impotence of the Europeans and the UN.

Posted by: IowaHawkeye | March 8, 2011 8:58 AM | Report abuse

It does not seem very rational to put much stock in a Quinnipiac poll where there are no demographics and is measuring some "degree of warmth". The fact the poll was headed by Michelle Obama tells us it was not a serious poll.

Wehner would probably have never even written on the poll except that it gave him an opportunity to take a shot at Palin. It is difficult to understand Rubin's reason for even referencing Wehner except support his agenda of undermining Palin. Meh.

Rubin can, and usually does. do better than this.

Posted by: RickCaird | March 8, 2011 9:17 AM | Report abuse

The UN is a failure, totally impotent at even pushing the peaceful transfer of power after fair elections in Cote D'Ivoire..

Bret Stephens echoes my idea in the WSJ today: shoot down Qaddhafi's helicopter gunships. We can always apologize for the "accident", or blame it on Hezbollah, which actually wants to kill Qaddhafi for the disappearance of Musa al-Sadr in 1978.

All we have to do is exile Mitt Romney to anywhere he can not run for the GOP nomination. Bermuda?

Posted by: K2K2 | March 8, 2011 9:24 AM | Report abuse

So much for not mentioning the word oil when mentioning Lybia or the middle east. Oil is the only thing that matters there, the rest is none of our concern. The price of oil will choke off our economy and if we don't start to use all of our resources and knowledge to correct this problem sometime in the near future we wont be imposing a no fly zone we will be in the middle of a major war for control of that oil. Germany invaded Russia in part to get the southern Russian oil fields. Japan attacked the U.S. in part because of a partial oil embargo on their Island. If Obama and his lefty tree hugging crowd don't change their restrictions on domestic drilling and exploration the next war will be about oil. For the record I am against any intervention in a Cival war in Lybia and stop picking on Sarah Palin for whatever jealous reason you have. I love your column and your slant on issues but stick to important issues and not be petty with your constant attempts to put down Palin.

Posted by: eddiehaskall | March 8, 2011 9:26 AM | Report abuse

K2K2, that's not all we have to do. We have to blow up 100% of his anti-aircraft emplacements, which, of course, are probably located in schools for the blind next to armored CNN facilities which are hardwired to al-Jaezerra crossfeeds with a courtesy line to Howard Dean.

I wish someone would pay me to fly 500 knots on the deck over this creep's head, but setting aside the blood-boiling stuff, Gates has a point. First you have to suppress the ack-ack and that means an air invasion and ... haven't we done enough of that with other peoples' children, this decade?

Posted by: IowaHawkeye | March 8, 2011 9:34 AM | Report abuse

I'm not sure what I am more weary of: Palin's media surfing, or the insane overreaction of eastern intellectuals, of any stripe, to Palin.

Your basic American voter has decided: they've had enough of that nasal voice (item one) for at least a little while.

The problem with the second, which is the larger problem, is that it bespeaks a total contemptuousness for the American people, and their ability to sort the wheat from the chaff. The hysteria of the left- and right-wing intelligentsia in respect of Palin, and it's at its worst with educated females, just means that she challenges some core element of their personality. Christ, get a shrink or something. We're tired of the meltdowns over this woman Palin.

So, what is it? Is one allowed to say it out loud? (I think it is not allowable to say it out loud.)

I am so tired of these sexually-insecure women attacking Palin. Americans have already moved on, but the intelligentsia cannot let the matter go. They must destroy her.

Posted by: IowaHawkeye | March 8, 2011 9:43 AM | Report abuse

UNLV, The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has no money, professors are leaving, students are leaving, the State of Nevada is suffering due to high oil prices, visitors can't travel, yet we fight to find creative ways to bring in new business. We try hard to keep the economy going.

John Ensign breaks laws, lies to friends, sleeps with his friend's wife, and then attacks Bill Clinton over Monica.

Read the book published in Las Vegas, Nevada,

John Ensign's Extramarital Mistress in Sin City
by anonymous author going by the name,
Nevada Taxpayer

Posted by: ThomasChi | March 8, 2011 3:21 PM | Report abuse

The Quinnunc poll should be accepted with a pinch of salt, particularly in regard to the positioning of Sarah Palin as 'leader of the GOP'. Polls on the 'most admired' by Gallup over the past two years have consistently placed her as the most admired Republican, and as the second only to Hillary Clinton as 'most admired woman' way ahead of Michelle Obama and Oprah.

Posted by: genecarr100 | March 9, 2011 10:19 AM | Report abuse

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