A no-brainer. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is selected to give the response to the State of the Union address. “The choice of Mr. Rubio, one of the most prominent Hispanic figures in the Republican Party, comes as the party has vowed to appeal more to Latino voters. Mr. Rubio, a Cuban-American, will address immigration as a way to help the economy, according to a Rubio aide, though the speech will focus more on the Republicans’ ‘commitment to limited government as the best way to help the middle class,’ the news release said.”

(J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)
(J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

No way this could happen, the president told us. “Seven million people will lose their job-based health insurance, according to a new economic report from the Congressional Budget Office.”

No sense. “Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta reportedly believes the military should receive a pay cut in order to respond to the budget cuts facing the Pentagon — a position that might strengthen the Republican push to reverse President Obama’s executive order raising the salary of Vice President Joe Biden and other federal officials.” Good grief.

No joke. The president actually wants to spend (well, borrow and spend) money on this: “High-speed rail. Liberal infatuation with this 1970s-era technological marvel married with the Obamacrat desire for Keynesian steroids to help give us the unfolding financial nightmare that is the California bullet train. But as advances in driverless car technology become ever more obvious to politicians and the public, we will hopefully keep the wasted billions to a minimum.” That sounds overly optimistic.

No doubt a setback in our sanctions policy. “European Union courts have quietly rolled back economic sanctions on several Iranian banks that have long been suspected of transferring funds to terrorist groups such as Hamas, Hezbollah, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. The Wednesday announcement of the removal of Iran’s Bank Saderat from the E.U.’s sanctions list has caused concern among experts and some on Capitol Hill who warn the E.U.’s decision could erase years of progress on the economic sanctions front.”

No reason to have a sequester — except President Obama wants more tax hikes and doesn’t much care about the Pentagon. “House and Senate Republican defense hawks are reviving a proposal to avoid the first year of sequestration cuts by reducing the size of the federal workforce, which they introduced Wednesday as they blasted President Obama’s efforts. The Republican lawmakers, who gathered for a joint press conference Wednesday, said their plan was the path of least resistance to avoid the $45 billion in across-the-board spending cuts that Pentagon leaders say would devastate the military.”

No mail on Saturdays. Will anyone notice?

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.