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John Hood suggests Barack Obama is confused or wants to confuse us about the meaning of “share.”

What better person for chief of staff for a team increasingly revealed to be a “thugocracy” than Rahm Emanuel? This tidbit says it all: “Emanuel’s reputation for political ruthlessness earned him the nickname ‘Rahmbo,’ an image reinforced by a legendary episode when he sent a dead fish to a pollster who displeased him.”

Mickey Kaus isn’t buying that Barack Obama’s aims for redistributive justice are limited to prodecural protections. No, they are after the money!

Andy McCarthy, as others have, calls for the Los Angeles Times to release a transcript of the Khalidi event.

And Gabriel Schoenfeld has some questions about Obama conduct at the event: “What exactly did Obama say? What did others say? According to the LA Times, along with speeches condemning Israeli ‘terrorism,’ poetry denouncing the Jewish state was read at the event. How did Obama react? Did he applaud? Did he walk out? Or did he sit impassively?”

If “conservative” has any meaning, Paul Mirengoff argues, it is that you wouldn’t support the most liberal Senator in his quest for the presidency.

We don’t have enough polls–so now we have letters from pollsters.

Michael Barone thinks the Democrats will fall short of the filibuster-proof 60 in the Senate. But, considering that some of the Republicans aren’t exactly stalwart in the face of Democratic pressure, the GOP will need a few to spare.

The generic polling gap for Congress is closing. You mean voters don’t buy Nancy Pelosi’s promise to be more bipartisan if Democrats get to run everything?

Good advice for the GOP, regardless of the outcome on Tuesday: cultivate smart, fresh leaders and work on real problems. Gosh, would that have worked this time?

Somehow, this very important issue never quite got the attention it deserved: “Mr. Obama pledges to clean up our nation’s politics and outpolls John McCain on honesty and ethics. Yet in Chicago, he moved with the Tony Rezkos and endorsed pols like Mayor Daley and Cook County Board President Todd Stroger. Can a politician so steeped in his hometown’s ways really be an agent of change in Washington?”



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