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Wow. Chris Christie on the Democrats’ threat to shut down the government. “I said, ‘Listen, I’m going to get into a black Suburban and I’m going to drive back to the governor’s residence, go upstairs and order a pizza. I’m going to turn on a baseball game. You all can call me when you decide to reopen the government.’”

Bingo. Bob Zelnick on a replacement for Larry Summers: “I suspect the worst. This man thinks he knows everything about everything to the point where he is immune to fundamental laws of science and economics. What he needs is a person smart enough and with the confidence to say, ‘Mr. President, you are wrong.’”

Yesiree. On Peter Rouse: “[T]here is no reason to think he’ll be any more successful as a moderating force behind President Obama than was Emanuel. Consider, Rouse convinced then-Senator Obama to vote against the confirmation of John Roberts to the Supreme Court.” Until the president changes, or we change presidents, don’t expect anything to improve.

Yup. “It’s the president who showed the GOP a way out of the wilderness. He couldn’t have provided a better message. Republicans are always at their best, always throwing up the broadest tent, when they talk sense on the economy—free markets, the need for growth, the problems of overspending. … Mr. Obama is trying to rally his base; maybe he will. Republicans are trying not to blow it; maybe they will. But should this prove a Democratic bust-up, the least the GOP can do is send the president a thank you.”

No kidding. “Efforts to salvage Middle East peace talks were at full throttle on Thursday as American officials sought to persuade Israel to renew a West Bank settlement freeze with military hardware and diplomatic guarantees while urging the Palestinians to accept a partial end to Israeli building there through a separate set of inducements. So far, no formula had been found.”

Exactly. “President Obama’s latest interview with Rolling Stone magazine is revealing precisely because it is so typical. Everyone — really just about everyone in American politics — is chided, challenged, instructed, judged or admonished in one way or another. The president’s condescension is universal.”

Makes sense. “Pretty much across the board voters’ ill will toward Obama outweighs their ill will toward the Republican Senate candidates. But there is one exception- in Delaware Chris Coons leads Christine O’Donnell 51-21 with folks who don’t like her or Obama- I guess there’s only so far some voters are willing to go. The voters who hate everything and everyone are a key part of the electorate this year- and their support of the GOP is a big part of why the party’s headed for a big victory.”



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