BARBOUR: The State Column: Barbour said of the health care ruling, “The decision of the federal court in Virginia is encouraging to all of us who consider the Obamacare law unconstitutional.”
DANIELS: He put out a book list with a political meaning, lauding, for example, Henry Kissinger on diplomacy. US News’ Bedard writes, “When you're thinking about running for the presidency, everything has meaning, even a Christmas book list like the one Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels gave us. Over nine book suggestions, "My Man Mitch" seems to be spelling out his presidential campaign story: An underdog who compassionately pushes for an end to the welfare state, rallies the nation around war heroes, and who takes on foreign and domestic critics to resurrect a new national identity. His approach is pure Daniels: Simple, unpretentious, and with a deeper meaning.”
HUCKABEE: He told National Journal he watched President Obama, who he called “amateurish,” “self-destruct” at the podium during his press conference announcing the tax compromise: “I was just stunned--I really couldn't believe that a man that was elected president was as amateurish as he was, and essentially launched from the podium at some of his own, taking aim and mowing down everybody in D.C. and walking away having not understood that he just lost a lot of people.”
GINGRICH: Writing in National Review, he’s calling for a halt to START. He says it would hurt the U.S.’s missile defense and sent a letter to Senators urging them to oppose the treaty. He writes, “Modest treaties can wait until they have been thoroughly vetted. Modest treaties do not need to be jammed through the Senate on Christmas Eve like last year’s disastrous health-care bill — especially when twelve of the senators in the lame-duck Congress were recently defeated or are retiring and no longer have the mandate of the American people. Modest treaties can wait until March. In fact, it appears that no major treaty has ever been ratified by the Senate during a lame-duck session of Congress.” (Hat tip: GOP 12)
(Of course, nothing would be jammed through if it had been voted on earlier, as the White House wanted. And it was this Congress that held the hearings on START.)
PALIN: She was in Haiti. USA Today religion writer Cathy Lynn Grossman notes, “[T]he coverage leaves out Palin's evangelical pilot -- literally and figuratively -- Rev. Franklin Graham.” More: “Graham, who has succeeded father Billy at the head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, is more often in headlines for his condemnations of Islam and anyone else who doesn't see Christianity his way.”
ROMNEY: Watch that right flank… He pens an op-ed in USA Today, calling the tax compromise a “bad deal,” because it’s “only temporary” and it adds to the deficit. (Although, if they were made permanent wouldn’t that add MORE to the deficit?) He acknowledges it will provide some short-term stimulus, but “the long term health of our great engine of prosperity will remain very much in doubt.”
Conservative AllahPundit, writing on Hot Air writes, “Thus did Mitt cover his ass ahead of the 2011 primaries, where support for the new porkier tax cuts compromise will no doubt be a litmus test for grassroots righties.” Romney’s stance puts him to the right of at least Gingrich, Huckabee, and Thune. Palin said she was against it also.
THUNE: He voted for the tax deal.