December 20, 2013
Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., left, on Capitol Hill in November. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)
Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., left, on Capitol Hill in November. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

Chalking up one for the governor’s second term. “New numbers from the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics Thursday show that New Jersey added 16,900 jobs in November. This sent the unemployment rate plunging to 7.8 percent from 8.4 percent in October. The drop  is the largest in the 35 years that monthly records have been kept, according to the report.”

GOP health-care bills are piling up. “More and more conservatives are stepping forward with solutions to the problems that have long plagued our health-care system. The Republican Study Committee has gotten behind a bill by Reps. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), and Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) has another bill. Their approaches differ in detail, but both would protect people with preexisting conditions, make it easier for people to buy health insurance for themselves and their families, and restrain costs by empowering consumers and forcing providers to compete for their business. Many other ideas to increase access to insurance and promote fairness in the health-care market are percolating in the conservative policy community, all of them moving in the opposite direction from Obamacare, rejecting its tax increases, its bureaucracy and its centralization of medical practice.” Now they should get behind one.

Tallying up the number of sensible Republicans shows an impressive shift in party direction. The newest congressman-elect, Bradley Byrne of Fairhope, Ala., was touted by his former opponent. “The truth is that Bradley is the type of legislator who will work to try to unite the Right — to make the ‘establishment’ more conservative while helping the Tea Party actually achieve more of its goals, forging common ground between them while fighting the Left.”

Rotten press on Obamacare is building up. The Des Moines Register: “Thousands of modest-income Iowans who filled out health insurance applications via the government’s new online marketplace could be without coverage on Jan. 1, because of a lack of communication between federal and state officials.” Brace yourself for January. It’s going to be ugly.

Counting up the reasons for getting out of the United Nations Human Rights Council. “The Special Rapporteur on the Palestinian Territories of the United Nations Human Rights Council is an extremist named Richard Falk. Falk is an embarrassment to the Council and the UN whose only activity is to use violent and extreme language in denouncing Israel — most recently for ‘a criminal intention that is genocidal.’”

Adding up stupid things the administration has done this month is time consuming. This one takes the cake. “An Indian diplomat working in the United States was recently arrested on charges of visa fraud. While incarcerated, the female diplomat was strip searched by American authorities, provoking her attorney to charge that American officials had treated her in a disrespectful way. The incident has ignited protests in India with officials in Delhi reciprocating by curtailing the privileges enjoyed by American diplomats.” Thunk.

Ringing up more points against Hillary. “Brian Schweitzer, a former Montana governor and self-styled prairie populist who wants to be part of the Democratic presidential conversation for 2016, drew a bright line between himself and presumed front-runner Hillary Clinton on Wednesday by raising a topic that has largely faded from the political spotlight amid rising economic anxiety: the Iraq War.” It’s an evergreen issue!

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