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Can’t argue with Mark Steyn on this: “From this last few days, the McCain campaign seems determined to go down in history as a blend of personal viciousness and strategic ineptitude. Not an attractive combination.”

Well, it’s not a secret anymore, thanks to the New York Times. Do you think liberals will look upon national security leaks less kindly when it is a Democratic Administration? Or will the leaks dry up now that the striped-pants set at State and the Ivy League clique at CIA are happy as clams with their new President?

Victor Davis Hanson makes suggestions after watching the President Elect’s first presser: “1) call on 1 opposition press person at least 1 time 2) Don’t talk more about hypo-allergenic puppies more than the state of the world 3) Don’t make cheap cuts about an aged former first lady that would better apply to Hillary Clinton 4) Use the teleprompter more.”The Union Leader needles John Boehner – now he says he’s for less government?

Yes, the GOP is dying in New England. But they’re not racking up the wins in the West, the Mountain states, and the Upper Midwest either.

More smart advice from John Avlon: “Great parties grow — they reach out and win over new voters. Republicans will remain in the wilderness if they stubbornly deny their problems by preaching to the choir or becoming preoccupied with hunting down party heretics. They must remember that the essence of evangelism is winning converts.”

Claudia Rosett suggests Republicans start with individual liberty as their cornerstone. If the new President is going to start attacking free speech (e.g., with the fairness doctrine) and secret ballots, such an agenda is going to sound very attractive. And if voters get sick of government bailouts, crony capitalism, and nationalized industries, “free markets” will sound equally intriguing.

Only the Palin-haters are convinced there is a grand conspiracy to “anoint” Palin as the 2012 nominee. Her defenders would be happy not to see the party savage a bright new face.

Harry Reid doesn’t sound like someone about to kick Joe Lieberman out of the party or strip him of his committees. Chris Dodd sure doesn’t.

Her vice-chairmanship of Fannie Mae–and her role in erecting the wall between security agencies (much discussed in the 9-11 aftermath)–didn’t disqualify Jamie Goerlick for consideration as Attorney General? Good grief.

A bailout of the AIG bailout. The government gets more control and AIG gets more money. What’s not to like? Everything.

And on the car company bailout: just say no. Or at the very least, put in a government-appointed receiver to “to replace current management, zero out current shareholders, and especially to rewrite labor and other contracts.” Hey — the perfect job for Mitt Romney.

I think it is perfectly fine for the Obamas to send their kids to private schools. But maybe they might have a chat with the D.C. Schools Chancellor about vouchers and school choice. Those private schools could probably use some economic diversity. And there are plenty of kids who could use a decent education.

Michelle Obama admires Laura Bush because she doesn’t “fuel the fire.” Wise advice, if she can adhere to it. (Speaking of incendiary figures–ever since the election, Joe Biden seem to have been taken to a secure location. This is a team that learns from its mistakes!)


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