December 16, 2013

Want to be happy? “After 40 years of research, they attribute happiness to three major sources: genes, events and values.” Read the whole thing.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responds forcefully to intense questioning on the September attacks on U.S. diplomatic sites in Benghazi, Libya. (Jason /Reuters)
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responds forcefully to intense questioning on the Sept. 2012 attacks on U.S. diplomatic sites in Benghazi, Libya. (Jason Reed /Reuters)

More on happiness: “In general women are happier than men.”

A favorite GOP governor is happy with the budget deal. “Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) on Sunday voiced support for the budget agreement negotiated by his fellow Wisconsin Republican, Rep. Paul Ryan, but he said the GOP would have to win more elections to enact more significant spending reforms.”

Democrats might not be happy with their inevitable nominee. “More problematic is how Hillary Clinton’s bighearted rhetoric toward Wall Street will accord with Democrats generally. You don’t have to go to Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts or Bill de Blasio in Manhattan; it isn’t hard to find a Democrat, be they union machinist, single mom, or Wal-Mart cashier, who wants to punish the banks and weaken their influence in politics and everything else we do.”

A year ago Democrats were so happy to be starting the Obama second term. Now, not so much: “When historians write the story of Barack Obama’s presidency, 2013 will be his lost year. It opened with great promise and closed with equally great disappointment. In a year that could have been about building his legacy, the president was instead reduced to salvaging the signature accomplishment of his first term. The chasm between what was expected and what was delivered was evident in the precipitous drop in Obama’s approval ratings throughout 2013, all the way down to George-W.-Bush-second-term territory. Dashed expectations sent Democrats up for reelection in 2014 fleeing for cover and comforted Republicans still smarting from their party’s 2012 defeat.”

I suspect the GOP would be very happy if this comes about: “Gun control advocates vow to take fight into 2014 elections, spend millions.”

Newt Gingrich is happy about this. “The bipartisan budget agreement is ‘brilliant politics’ that will allow Republicans to keep the heat on Obamacare and avoid the terrible optics of more government shutdowns, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Sunday. Gingrich said Republicans can now unwrap the “gigantic Christmas gift” of Obamacare’s bungled implementation — something the party failed to do in October when a focus on defunding Obamacare led to the first government shutdown in 17 years and a corresponding GOP nosedive in the polls.” He’s right about that.

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