Walkin' On Sunshine

… and don't it feel good?:

  • Mr. Kristol notes the condescension in this Obama interview.
    Here's my assessment of not just the vote in Massachusetts, but the mood around the country. The same thing that swept Scott Brown into office swept me into office. People are angry, and they're frustrated. Not just because of what's happened in the last year or two years, but what's happened over the last eight years.
    In short: Voters are motivated by their childish temper tantrums. Clever politicians, like Scott Brown and me, take advantage.

    As if on cue, Mr. Will makes a related point:

    The 2008 elections gave liberals the curse of opportunity, and they have used it to reveal themselves ruinously. The protracted health-care debacle has highlighted this fact: Some liberals consider the legislation's unpopularity a reason to redouble their efforts to inflict it on Americans who, such liberals think, are too benighted to understand that their betters know best. The essence of contemporary liberalism is the illiberal conviction that Americans, in their comprehensive incompetence, need minute supervision by government, which liberals believe exists to spare citizens the torture of thinking and choosing.
    Again: they think we're children. Good to know. Good to remember.

  • The Supreme Court finally notices that the McCain-Feingold campaign finance legislation violated the First Amendment. The vote was 5-4; it should have been 9-zip. But the bottom line is that we're living in a slightly freer country today than we were yesterday.

    The folks at Bench Memos and Volokh are all over this; if you're interested, click over and just keep scrolling.

  • John Edwards finally admitted what just about everyone else knew: he's the bio-daddy of super-cute toddler Frances Quinn Hunter, whose mom is not Mrs. Edwards. The admission wasn't made because Edwards was struck by a lightning bolt of compulsive honesty; instead, his coverup was crumbling.

    Here's a great headline: Does the National Enquirer Deserve a Pulitzer for Breaking the John Edwards Scandal?. Can you imagine how many MSM heads would explode if that happened?

  • Speaking of great headlines, here's one from Reuters:
    White House says bears part of blame for Senate loss
    … an analysis I have not seen elsewhere.

  • Josh Marshall reports:
    Speaker Pelosi just said "I don't see the votes for [passing the Senate bill] at this time."

    In other words, plug pulled. Health care reform over.

    Neat. All that's left is to drive a stake through its heart, bury it deep, and dance on its grave. Could someone let me know when and where that ceremony is scheduled?

Last Modified 2010-01-21 6:04 PM EST