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From the not-news file: Joe Biden’s big mouth annoys the president.

Perspective comes sooner than you think: poll numbers for George W. Bush and Dick Cheney are on the rise. Not all that surprising since for weeks people have been reminded of all the measures the Bush-Cheney administration employed to keep the country safe from attack after 9-11.

How things change: “Republicans have been able to drive the Washington agenda for the first time in months, and dent the top two Democrats’ armor, by hammering away on antiterror policy and keeping the debate squarely in the GOP comfort zone of national security. Some Republicans see in events of the past two weeks — the culmination of a carefully developed GOP strategy and missteps by Democrats — the beginning of a political comeback, and they plan to keep pressing the issue.” I don’t suppose we’ll hear too many more anonymous GOP consultants griping about Dick Cheney for awhile.

Sen. Diane Feinstein seems to beg off a run for governor. I had a sense that was coming when she started pushing the idea of bringing Guantanamo detainees to the U.S. Not the sort of the thing you would say if you’re getting ready to face the voters.

Like Richard Nixon, Nancy Pelosi’s only option now is to “stonewall.”

Charles Krauthammer makes an interesting argument: isn’t it more productive to pressure the Obama administartion to release the memos showing the results of enhanced interrogations than to call for Pelosi’s resignation? Whatever you think of the merits of the latter, it just isn’t happening.

The AP grudgingly concedes that Cheney has got the best of the public debate with the president.

I’m not the only one who doesn’t “get” Obama’s rhetorical splendor.

Andy McCarthy contends that “this business about Gitmo being a blight on our reputation in the world and a driver of terror recruitment is the most uninformed gust of high-minded, reality-defying blather ever blown across a debate.  But even if we concede this dreck for argument’s sake, shouldn’t the problem be an easy one for a messiah of Obama’s stature?  Obviously, nothing will satisfy the ACLU until the combatants are roaming America’s streets while Pelosi waterboards Cheney, but if Obama says Gitmo is now fine, shouldn’t that be enough for the Europeans?” After all they could change the dinner menu from orange-glazed chicken to rack of lamb and call it a day, right?

Did the White House slip and let on that reducing the number of abortions is not in fact its goal? Well, there will be no doubt when the administration decides if abortion services are required in government sponsored or subsidized healthcare insurance.

Congress is nervous :”Lawmakers appealed to the Obama administration on Friday to slow down the restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler, wary of shuttered car dealerships, job losses and the big unknown of a GM bankruptcy.” Good luck with that.



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