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Paul Ryan’s book: A campaign message for himself or someone else?

The book “The Way Forward” by Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.), former Republican vice presidential nominee, can be viewed, like its author, either as a prelude to a presidential run or as a bid to grab the agenda for what may be both House and Senate majorities beginning in 2015. Some of it — where one […]

The Syria canard: There is nothing to be done

The same voices who refused to recognize the growing threat of ISIS before it took root in Syria and Iraq now claim we have no viable options for confronting a fundamental threat to the United States and its allies. I suppose we could commit civilizational suicide and simply give up defending ourselves and our allies. There […]

Ups and downs

UP: Number of problematic aides in the Paul family circle DOWN: Likelihood that Jesse Benton will be Sen. Rand Paul’s campaign manager in 2016 UP: A delay in announcing the president’s unilateral power grab on immigration DOWN: Candor with voters about what the president is up to (e.g. Keystone XL pipeline decision) UP: Number of potential […]

Morning Bits

Let’s hope he learned from the experience. “Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) late Saturday shrugged off the idea that Republicans would shut down the federal government if President Obama took executive action on immigration reform.” The college experience isn’t what it used to be. “By shunting to the sidelines — when not banishing altogether — study […]

Sunday wrap

Who said it? 1. “I think [it] exemplifies that his foreign policy is in absolute free fall. If you look at China, you look at ISIS, you look at Russia, you look at Iran, North Korea, we have a serious host of problems presenting itself, and our traditional allies are now standing up and saying, […]

GOP base eats up appeal to strong leadership, hawkish foreign policy

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, plainly enjoying himself, galvanized the tea party crowd at the Americans for Prosperity summit in Dallas on Friday. He reminded political watchers that while he is not as smooth and erudite as some politicians, he can energize a room and vary his pace and volume — from  fiery applause lines to […]

Distinguished pol of the week

With Americans reeling from the president’s “I don’t have a strategy yet” performance, it was heartening to see one leader make a forceful statement to the public explaining the threat the Islamic State. Unfortunately, it was not in America but in Great Britain. Nile Gardiner, a longtime British journalist, former aide to Prime Minister Margaret […]

GOP has learned not to shut down the government

As we predicted, GOP leadership in the House and Senate are squelching any talk of a government shutdown. The Hill reports: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who’s facing a tough reelection challenge this fall, said turning the lights out in Washington is a “failed policy.” “Remember me? I am the guy that gets us […]

A Texas duel in 2016?

The Associated Press reports: “The prospect of a two-Texan presidential tilt is dominating political conversation in the state, even outshining a fiercely contested governor’s race — and starting to get noticed nationally. {Texas Gov. Rick} Perry’s preparations have long been obvious, while {Texas Senator Ted} Cruz is working to raise his profile beyond just the […]

Does Obama think the Islamic State is a threat to the United States?

The New York Times reports: “American intelligence and law enforcement agencies have identified nearly a dozen Americans who have traveled to Syria to fight for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the militant group that the Obama administration says poses the greatest threat to the United States since Al Qaeda before the Sept. 11, […]

A win for Mike Pence and Indiana kids

Something interesting happened in Indiana on Thursday. In a big win for Gov. Mike Pence, the feds approved No Child Left Behind funds for the state, even though it had pulled out of Common Core. The Indianapolis Star reported: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan granted Indiana a one-year extension for its waiver from strict […]

Republicans have reestablished their hawkishness

We’ve argued that the libertarian influence on the GOP has been grossly exaggerated. There is striking new evidence to corroborate this. From the Pew Research poll: Republicans, Democrats and independents all are more likely to say the U.S. does too little to solve world problems, but the shift among Republicans has been striking. Last fall, […]

Ten Obama press conference lowlights

It is hard to tell which was worse — the substance of the president’s remarks on Thursday or that he thought it was a good idea to go out there, with no real news on anything. He confirmed what many of us have long suspected —  there is no strategy for dealing with the Islamic State, […]

Morning Bits

Well, he might actually have something to say. “Rep. Paul Ryan finished ahead of Hillary Clinton — at least on the newest New York Times Bestseller list. The Wisconsin Republican’s newest book, ‘The Way Forward,’ will debut at No. 5 on the non-fiction hardcover bestsellers list, one spot ahead of Clinton’s ‘Hard Choices’... […]

Hillary’s nagging problem

As the foreign policy debacles continue to add up, Hillary Clinton’s barriers to the presidency rise. The last time she tried to distance herself from President Obama she went scrambling back, which is not exactly the sort of resoluteness one wants in a commander in chief. (If a former boss can intimidate her, imagine how […]

Russia invades, Obama expresses ‘concern’

The Post reports: Russian forces in two armored columns captured a key southeastern coastal town near the Russian border Thursday after Ukrainian forces retreated in the face of superior firepower, a Ukrainian military spokesman said. The two Russian columns, including tanks and armored fighting vehicles, entered the town of Novoazovsk on the Sea of Azov […]

Iran shenanigans, Obama capitulation coming?

Iran’s leaders seem to have internalized a key lesson: They have nothing to fear from this U.S. president. If they did you wouldn’t see actions like this: Iran has conducted “mechanical” tests on a new, advanced machine to refine uranium, a senior official was quoted as saying on Wednesday, a disclosure that may annoy Western states […]

Rob Portman for president?

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) is reportedly considering a run for the presidency. He has not been on the radar screen for 2016, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t a viable candidate. To the contrary, he might be the most qualified nominee since George H.W. Bush. Portman served six terms in the House, four years as […]

Isolationist ideologue Rand Paul spouts off again

A short while ago, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) expounded on his views on the Middle East in the Wall Street Journal. Since that apparently didn’t convince many people, he writes a nearly identical piece in the Journal this week, although now he doesn’t come flat out and say we shouldn’t choose sides between the Iraqi […]

The immigration problem will doom Democrats

The Post reports: Both political parties are in a state of high anxiety about the possibility that President Obama will allow millions of illegal immigrants to remain in the country, fearing that White House action on the issue could change the course of November’s midterm elections. In the past few days, Democratic candidates in nearly […]

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