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Republicans, Democrats and Israel

In a report describing the prerequisite that a candidate be pro-Israel to earn the GOP presidential nomination, the New York Times leaves out some critical information. GOP support for Israel has been increasing for some time, while less than 50 percent of Democrats in some polls are sympathetic toward Israel. In short, the gap between Democrats and Republicans has […]

Pick again, social conservatives

    The New York Times reported this week that a conclave of evangelical conservatives has gotten together in search of a not-Jeb Bush candidate. This happens like clockwork every four years but inevitably ends in disagreement about the not-the-moderate candidate. Hence the right-wing dilemma: More conservative candidates divide up the vote, letting a moderate […]

Sen. Harry Reid is retiring. Thank goodness.

The Post reports: “Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) announced Friday morning that he would not seek re-election in 2016, citing the lingering injuries from a violent accident on New Year’s Day that has left his vision impaired in his right eye.” This may be a rare instance in which retirement of an incumbent […]

Menendez to Obama: You must be kidding on Iran

Thursday afternoon, following a slew of news reports about substantial concessions by the U.S. negotiators in the Iran nuclear talks, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) released a statement, which read: If today’s news report from Lausanne is true, we are not inching closer to Iran’s negotiating position, but leaping toward it with both feet.  We have […]

Morning Bits

On a controversial bill that passed overwhelmingly, the best argument: “For the first time ever, Democrats in Congress have dropped their demands for tax increases and accepted two structural reforms that will strengthen Medicare and put the program on a more sound financial footing. The first means-testing reform would ask higher-income seniors to pay a […]

Bush and Walker start to sharpen their messages

It is no secret that I have found Jeb Bush’s pronouncements on foreign policy fine but not as strong as other candidates’. While the flap over James Baker was a relatively minor issue in the grand scheme of things, sometimes issues have symbolic value, so there was some rumbling in the base about what Bush […]

On an Iran deal, reports of concessions galore

News reports over the past few days have featured a string of once unimaginable concessions from the P5+1 in the Iran nuclear talks. (One can imagine the French are feeding the media a steady diet of leaks. It is the French who have expressed the most concern about the bonanza of concessions, so leaks and […]

Are Democrats sure about Hillary Clinton?

The latest poll from CBS News has plenty of bad news for Hillary Clinton: 26 percent of Americans now have a favorable view of Hillary Clinton, while 37 percent view her unfavorably; another third are undecided or don’t have an opinion of her. As Clinton weighs a presidential bid, her favorable views are 12 points lower […]

A letter to Harvey Weinstein

We were taken aback by this, from a Hollywood Reporter piece: “‘We better stand up and kick these guys in the ass,’ movie mogul Harvey Weinstein said about present-day anti-Semites as he accepted the Humanitarian Award at the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s National Tribute Dinner on Tuesday night at the Beverly Hilton. ‘We’re gonna have to get as organized […]

Rick Perry and Scott Walker get more impressive with time

  Candidates over the course of a campaign, or multiple campaigns, can either stagnate — recycling talking points, never reflecting on or refining their own views — or grow. The liberal media like to define “grow” as becoming more liberal, but we have seen two candidates become much better versions of themselves, able to communicate […]

Are we serious about fighting Islamic fundamentalists or not?

The news brings us a daily reminder of why the Obama administration is inept and lacking in basic common sense when it comes to its most important tasks: defeating the Islamic State and keeping Iran from getting nuclear weapons and dominating the region. The last, I think it is clear, is not even a problem […]

Morning Bits

Another administration debacle. “The Army has charged Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion, reigniting the debate over whether President Obama paid too high a price to secure his release from the Taliban. … Bergdahl, 28, went missing from his base while serving in Paktika province in Afghanistan in 2009 and was captured by the Taliban. … […]

Believe Josh Earnest or your lying eyes

Reuters reports, “Houthi militia forces in Yemen backed by allied army units seized an air base on Wednesday and appeared poised to capture the southern port of Aden from defenders loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, local residents said. After taking al-Anad air base, the Houthis and their military allies, supported by heavy armor, advanced to within 20 […]

Another example of John Kerry’s self-delusion?

My colleague Glenn Kessler recently did a masterful, four-Pinocchio takedown of Secretary of State John Kerry’s entirely false claim that “Al Gore, Tim Wirth, and a group of us organized the first hearings in the Senate on [climate change], 1988. We heard Jim Hansen sit in front of us and tell us it’s happening now, […]

Marco Rubio bests Jeb Bush on foreign policy

After being hammered for a number of days by conservatives on foreign policy mushiness, Jeb Bush writes: The administration believes Iran will become a responsible partner for peace once it signs up to a deal that largely leaves in place its nuclear infrastructure. In a region that is in a near-constant state of conflict — with […]

Let Rand Paul and Ted Cruz duke it out

Somewhere former Florida governor Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are having a good laugh. “The onetime friendship between Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul has grown frosty as they both vie to become the leading conservative in the 2016 GOP presidential primary,” the Hill reports. “The Kentucky senator stepped on his Texas colleague’s […]

Obama’s anti-Israel blitz has gone too far

At times President Obama sounds almost incoherent on Iran. On one hand he says, like the Israeli prime minister, that he does not see a peace deal in the near future. (“What we can’t do is pretend that there’s a possibility for something that’s not there. And we can’t continue to premise our public diplomacy […]

The bottom line for an Iran deal

One has to admire the discipline of Democrats. Republicans are an ornery lot and prone to include mavericks who buck the party line. But those Democrats —  wow. Despite the what-universe-are-we-in treatment of Israel as a malefactor and Iran as a potential friend we must handle with kid gloves, there has been no Senate Democrat, […]

Morning Bits

Missed her chance in 2008: “Six years later, looking tired and sounding petulant at a press conference to explain the illegal server, Ms. Clinton remains unelectable. She is still a scheming, entitled woman who has never known how to hide her belief that she knows best and should be in charge. She thinks so little of […]

Wait a minute: Primary season is months away

In typical hyperbolic style, Politico proclaims: “Jeb’s South Carolina firewall fails to take shape.” Oh, good grief, it’s months before the first primary race, some of the candidates who say they will run won’t and we don’t know the outcome (because votes won’t be cast for 11 months in the contests running up to South […]

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