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Still in search of Mr Right. “Speaking of discontent with the Republican field, I talked the other day to a pretty prominent conservative officeholder who’s constantly been discussing with people around the country the possibility of a new entrant or a push to draft someone. But who? One name he mentioned is Bobby Jindal, who is extremely knowledgeable, a favorite of conservatives, and has executive experience.”

Rep. Steve Rothman (D-N.J.) still has a chance to keep his seat. “Thrown into a politically unfriendly district last week, U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman today signaled he intends to move his residence so he can challenge a fellow Democrat in June’s primary. Rothman (D-9th Dist.) began telling Democrats today that he plans to leave his hometown of Fair Lawn and move into the newly formed 9th Congressional District so he can challenge Bill Pascrell (D-8th Dist.), according to three Democrats.”

There is still more to learn about Newt Gingrich. “Newt Gingrich claims that it was his first wife, not Gingrich himself, who wanted their divorce in 1980, but court documents obtained by CNN appear to show otherwise.” This sure doesn’t seem like a man who is remorseful about his past; he’s still dissembling about it.

Still some will argue it’s a coincidence. “Sen. Charles Schumer’s brother-in-law was quietly nominated this month to a federal judgeship in New Jersey — a move that has some in the Garden State crying political foul.”

Gingrich thinks he’ll still be in it if he loses Iowa and New Hampshire. He should consult Rudy Giuliani. “Gingrich has a sizable lead in South Carolina, according to the latest poll this week from Clemson University. He trails in the other two early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire. But Gingrich says he doesn’t need to win those two states, just finish well enough to give him momentum heading into South Carolina’s GOP presidential primary on Jan. 21.” Yeah, Rudy led in Florida, until he didn’t.

Gingrich is still losing altitude. Mitt Romney comes within three points of Gingrich in Gallup’s national tracking poll.

China is still brutalizing its own people. “The Communist Party sends more greetings of the season. A Guizhou court today sentenced another mainland activist, Chen Xi of Guizhou, to 10 years, on subversion charges for his writing. Chen Xi’s sentence follows the 9-year sentence on similar charges for Chen Wei passed down by a Sichuan court on December 23. The two Chens are not related to each other.”

Michael Barone argues that Iowa still doesn’t matter, if history is any guide. “Every American should love Iowa (and all the other 49 states plus the District of Columbia and the territories, for that matter). But amid the pre-Jan. 3 buzz, it’s worth remembering that Republicans in most states, for better or worse, haven’t been doing much in the way of following Iowa’s lead in selecting a GOP presidential nominee.”

The left still doesn’t get it. So long as they keep shoveling money to public-employee unions everything else they care about will get squeezed. “Across the nation, a historic collapse in state funding for higher education threatens to diminish the stature of premier public universities and erode their mission as engines of upward social mobility.” Talk about generational theft.

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


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