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by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, July 19. The GOP’s backward-looking agenda The GOP’s coronation of a...

The Post’s Newest Know-Nothing

Not long ago, some editor at the Washington Post must've slapped his forehead and said: "Omigod, we don't have enough moronic conservative columnists!"  And, he would've had a point - after all, George Will, Charles Krauthammer, Michael Gerson, Marc Thiessen, Jackson Diehl, Fred Hiatt, etc., are clearly inadequate to satisfy the public's insatiable thirst for more mouths repeating the same tired old talking points.

And so, said editor must've gone on a wild search for the new voice of conservatism - "I want a female, provocative, ultraconservative, like Palin, damn it!" he may have barked at his startled underlings. And this, I imagine, must have been the origin of Jennifer Rubin's new WaPo blog.  

She surely couldn't have been chosen based on the quality of her thought. Take her recent disgorgement, "Broccoli, or human rights?" (titled "Laura Bush's human rights model," online, which makes me wonder if the print copy editor purposely used the headline to ridicule this piece).

Her point - using the term loosely - is that Michelle Obama shouldn't talk about children's health because there are more important things to focus on. And, by contrast, she cites Laura Bush making a phone call to Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's Nobel Peace Prize laureate and leading democracy activist.

Now, I'm all for human rights, and I'm glad that conservatives have finally discovered that ol' Jimmy Carter was right on that issue after all.  But anyone who devotes even three neurons to thinking about this will realize that Ms. Rubin's logic has more holes than a wiffle ball.  

Michelle Obama, Jill Biden on “Giving Thanks Through Service”

Jill Biden writes:
On Veteran's Day and every day, it's our sacred duty to honor the service of those who sacrifice for our country - and we all can play a role. Through groups like MissionServe and opportunities at, Americans can find a way to help in their own communities. Please join me in this effort.
Thank you to all who've served our nation in the U.S. military.

UPDATE: President Obama speaks to soldiers in South Korea.