Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) doesn't invite Steve Emerson as a witness on his hearings on Islamic radicalism. Emerson then pens a bizzaro letter to show just how right King was.
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) doesn't feel the slightest remorse for comparing Republican ObamaCare critics to "Goebbels." Civility, you see, is for the other guys.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) doesn't care for the no-vote strategy of the Democrats. "The Democratic leadership in the Senate doesn't want to vote on this bill. But I assure you, we will." And few know the rules of the Senate as well as he.
Elliott Abrams doesn't give Obama high marks on the Middle East, and he's not too optimistic it will get any better. "None of the personnel changes thus far announced involves anyone with a new and different perspective on the Middle East. No doubt there is some rethinking going on at the White House, but there is no sign that the President believes things have gone wrong. As William Quandt (who served in the NSC in the Nixon and Carter years) wrote in his book Peace Process, 'Wishful thinking is a particularly potent way to resolve uncertainty.'"
The Jasmine Revolution doesn't have a clear winner yet. "No one can yet say whether democracy is at hand. The new regime has not yet consolidated power, but neither have the protestors calling for liberal reforms. Of all the groups that have participated in this street revolution, the Islamists are clearly the most organized opposition group, as they were during the Iranian revolution in 1979."
"Symbolic" doesn't mean it's not real important. The Wall Street editorial board writes: "Democrats are deriding last night's House vote to repeal ObamaCare as 'symbolic,' and it was, but that is not the same as meaningless. The stunning political reality is that a new entitlement that was supposed to be a landmark of liberal governance has been repudiated by a majority of one chamber of Congress only 10 months after it passed. This sort of thing never happens." Well, it's not every election in which the majority loses 63 seats.
Gail Collins doesn't get it: ObamaCare is going away, maybe bit by bit and maybe by court ruling. "But here's my bottom line: even if [Obama] never does anything else, he's already accomplished a greater domestic agenda than any president in the last half-century." And, then, what does his legacy look like?
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