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January 3, 2007
Quick Hits

I'm waiting for the opening kickoff of the Sugar Bowl after having worn my Notre Dame sports shirt all day today. They LSU Tigers just won the coin flip and will let the Fighting Irish get the ball first, so we should see some fireworks from Brady Quinn shortly. While that goes on, I have a few stories I want to note ...

First, let's offer our best wishes and prayers to Michelle Malkin and Curt from Flopping Aces in their upcoming trip to Iraq. Eason Jordan has proven as good as his word, in this instance at least, in honoring his offer to Michelle and extending it to Curt to search for the elusive Captain Jamil Hussein, the AP source that the wire service still insists is legitimate.

Michelle and Curt plan to do more than poke around for the suddenly-missing AP source. They're also going to embed with the Army to check out the training for the Iraqis. It's not an easy assignment.

Speaking of embeds, Bill Ardolino continues to blog from Anbar. Today he has a report from Fallujah, and earlier he did a two-part interview with an Iraqi police officer. Both embeds can use some reader support, so be generous and help extend the reach of citizen journalism.

Mitt Romney declared his candidacy today, and his web site is now up and running. They'll be offering multimedia presentations, so keep checking back. The Romney campaign made a smart hire with Stephen Smith, who did a great job as liaison to the New Media for Bill Frist. I'm going to stay neutral until the primaries, and I look forward to working with Stephen.

And speaking of New Media liaisons, my blog-friend Jon Henke accepted that position with Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republican Caucus. George Allen's staff brought him in a little too late in the 2006 re-election campaign, and it's good to see that McConnell has him on board at the start of what will be a very tough session.

Keith Ellison started off the new session with a brilliant political move. Answering Dennis Prager's misdirected criticism, Ellison will borrow a Qur'an for his ceremonial oath of office ... from Thomas Jefferson. To me, this is a non-issue, but it shows that Ellison is no neophyte. The GOP had better pick its battles better in the future.

Neither, apparently, is Cindy Sheehan. Just when the Democrats had finally gotten their unity in full swing for the start of the 110th Congress, Sheehan arrives to disrupt their press conference. She and her allies on the Left made it clear that they have no intention of allowing the Democrats to settle into their new leadership roles before cutting off all funding for the Iraq war and starting impeachment hearings. Suppose she'll get the same warm welcome she got in 2005? Look for Sheehan to get very lonely whenever Hugo Chavez is out of town.

Sheehan would be a good choice for Knucklehead of the Year, but unfortunately the Lifetime Achievement Award winner had too good of a year in 2006 for Sheehan to surpass him.

And it looks like I may do more blogging than I initially thought, as the Irish are getting their butts kicked in the first quarter already ...

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at January 3, 2007 7:27 PM

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