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Dick Cheney says he does not know a congressional district in which people will say, “Great, they’re sending us 20 al-Qaeda terrorists.” Mr. Cheney, meet Rep. Jim Moran. He is enthusiastic about offering his. Still, I’m betting that people who actually live in Moran’s  Alexandria district would side with Cheney.

Mara Liasson on the Democrats’ feigned ignorance about enhanced interrogation: “I think that in the — if in the context of Democrats going after Bush administration Justice Department officials in hearings or calling for prosecutions, this becomes a big problem, because it looks like the Democrats are being hypocrites.” Not just “looks like.”

Alex Conant points to all the “whither journalism” columns and discussion in the MSM. It seems the fastest way to lose viewers and readers is to continually whine about the careers of handsomely-paid pundits. Maybe the MSM outlets should marshal resources on real news reporting which would make their outlet standout in the sea of info-tainment and talking-head punditry. (How many more metropolitan or international reporters could the New York Times hire with the salary from one of its whimpering op-ed columnists?)

Good for Bob Schieffer. He took to task Justice Souter, one of the least gracious men to don a Supreme Court robe: “Schieffer took issue with Souter’s oft-quoted description of his job as the ‘best job’ in the ‘worst city.’  ‘Really?’ asked Schieffer. ‘Our nation’s capital? One of the most beautiful cities in the world?’ He also questioned Souter’s recent speech in which he talked about how he is unable to enjoy other interests and hobbies from October until June because his job requires a sort of ‘intellectual lobotomy.’ . . .’And now he is leaving,’ Schieffer said. ‘I take it he won’t miss Washington, but my guess is Washington will hardly miss him.’” Bravo!

Well, this should complicate the “Bibi’s intransigence is an impediment to piece” meme: “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet ministers on Sunday that Israel must ease the restrictions on the Palestinian public living in the West Bank. At the weekly cabinet meeting, the prime minister said ‘I think we need to make a big effort, within the given security constraints, to make things easier for the Palestinians.’ Netanyahu added that Israel will try to minimize what he termed ‘bureaucratic red tape’ in order to boost the Palestinian economy.”

Even the New York Times can figure out that Obama was a down-the-line liberal ideologue in the Senate when it came to judges. Funny how these sorts of articles never ran during the campaign.

From the “yeah, right” file: “Volunteering to ‘do our part’ to tackle runaway health costs, leading groups in the health-care industry have offered to squeeze $2 trillion in savings from projected increases over the next decade, White House officials said yesterday.” The only missing ingredient: a plausible explanation for how they are going to accomplish this. (And if they could eliminate $2 trillion in cost why haven’t they already?) Apparently this is a desperate attempt not to get run over by the Democratic healthcare “reform” bulldozer and the “public option” plan. Good luck with that.


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