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With the presidential election wrapped up, no need to keep up church attendance. But gym time is a must. I don’t suppose the press will give President Obama a hard time about his fitness regime the way they mocked President Bush. Now, it’s a smart and needed respite from the pressures of high office.

The Gray Lady provides this contorted explanation of the President elect’s plans to leave the Bush tax cuts in place: “Mr. Obama would not be open to the charge from Republicans and other critics that he is raising taxes in a recession [Wait – wouldn’t he be in fact raising taxes and not just “open to the charge”?], which many believe is counterproductive. His Republican presidential rival, Senator John McCain of Arizona, had raised that argument during the campaign. ” Okay, the translation: Obama is conceding McCain’s central point that it is economic madness to raise taxes in a recession.

A useful recap of the Marc Rich affair. Interestingly, at the time, Eric Holder believed that it had ended his public career. What he didn’t appreciate was the public amnesia and the MSM’s willingness to protect their dream-come-true President.

The “Secretary of Bailouts“? Ouch. The Wall Street Journal  editors comment on the Tim Geithner’s nomination: “Having been present at the creation of the current mess, he can help clean it up by avoiding some of the same mistakes.”

If the President-elect tapped Hillary Clinton to be challenged and get savvy national security advice, what is Joe Biden going to do? It is hard to ignore the conclusion that Biden’s stock has fallen. (His performance on the campaign trail was hardly a confidence-builder.) And where is Biden –in a secure, undisclosed location?

If you change the first word to “all,” this would be an accurate description of MSNBC: “None of our hosts have to fall into the category of flag-wavers for Obama.” As is, the quote is unintentionally hilarious.

Victor Davis Hanson masterfully describes the plight of California: “We did not invest in many dams, canals, rails, and airports (though we use them all to excess); we sued each other rather than planned; wrote impact statements rather than left behind infrastructure; we redistributed, indulged, blamed, and so managed all at once to create a state with about the highest income and sales taxes and the worst schools, roads, hospitals, and airports.” Read the whole thing. And hope California also has lost its status as a trailblazer for the nation.

The thwarted purchaser of Wachovia is now itself a bailout recipient. The trick in getting help from Washington appears to be showing up in front of Congress only after you have gotten the cash. If you show up beforehand, people will want to know why the taxpayers are giving mismanaged businesses billions without any hope of getting their money back.

Now that George W. Bush is leaving, it is safe for the MSM once again to tout promotion of democracy abroad – what they used to be in favor of, when Democrats were in the White House.



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