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Dan Sullivan: Mark Begich’s nightmare opponent

When a nuclear-armed Iran looms, we lack a clear strategy to fight the Islamic State, the Veterans Affairs scandal is not yet fully remedied, and liberal environmentalists battle and lawmakers from energy-producing states argue over domestic development, the GOP might want to get a Senate nominee from a state Mitt Romney carried in 2012. It […]

Rand Paul’s dilemma: Silicon Valley vs. Middle America

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is reportedly opening an office in Silicon Valley. The move highlights Paul’s biggest problem of late: He is trying to convince groups with very different perspectives on key issues that he is with them — all of them. The result is intellectual muddle, factual errors and real doubts about his character. […]

Republicans are pumped up about midterms

The Wall Street Journal reports: With Republicans aiming to regain control of the Senate, three-quarters of GOP voters say this year’s congressional elections are much more important or somewhat more important than other elections, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Annenberg survey finds. In contrast, 57% of Democrats grade the midterms as more important than other elections. […]

He’d be a much better president than Hillary

Like his predecessor Robert Gates, former defense secretary for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, Leon Panetta doesn’t resign himself to simply carrying the White House’s water. In a 60 Minutes interview Panetta was succinct and candid when asked about Obama’s rejecting his senior advisers’ recommendation on Syria: Scott Pelley: But with virtually his […]

Where are our allies?

When President Obama announced a coalition would be acting against the Islamic State militarily, he didn’t actually have a coalition lined up. A president in his sixth year in office should know that it’s never a good idea for the president to say something and then to see nothing to happen and allies stiff him. […]

A sucker’s deal on Iran’s nukes

Word that the administration is offering Iran the option to “unplug” rather than dismantle its illicit nuclear reactors has set off a firestorm. No doubted leaked by an alarmed administration official, the New York Times report told us: “The idea is to convince the Iranians to take away many of the pipes that connect their […]

Ups and downs

UP: Ability to identify Free Syrian fighters DOWN: Condition of FSA after we ignored them for 3 years UP: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s jovial personality in New Hampshire DOWN: Sen. Rand Paul’s “tendency to [come] across as somewhat aloof.“ UP: Recognition Iran is our biggest threat DOWN: Iranians’ recognition President Obama is no threat […]

Morning Bits

Rep. Cory Garner (R-Colo.) comments on President Obama’s habit of punting to the other side. “Just yesterday, the Keystone Pipeline delay turned six years old.  Thanks to the President’s inaction, we are no closer to building the pipeline today than we were six years ago.” Throwing a Hail Mary pass by teaming up with Syria’s Bashar al-Assad is […]

Sunday wrap

Who said it? 1. “I really thought that it was important for us to maintain a presence in Iraq.” 2. “Now here’s a president who has red lines he can’t meet in Syria, red lines he can’t meet in Iraq, red lines he can’t meet in Ukraine. He apparently can’t meet a red line with […]

Pushing back against the world’s oldest hatred

There is little doubt that the tide of anti-Semitism, often masked as anti-Israel criticism, is on the rise in Europe. In the Middle East, anti-Semitism is pandemic. The good news is that serious pushback is underway. The better news is that it is bipartisan. The bad news is that the problem is not solely in […]

Distinguished pol of the week

There were a lot of brave souls this week who took on the president’s incoherent war plan against the Islamic State, conducted serious questioning of national security officials and set out a more sensible and effective approach to fighting our enemies. Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) all fell into […]

Conservatives bash Rand Paul for slur against John McCain

Right Turn has received a copy of a extraordinary open letter to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) It speaks for itself: To Whom It May Concern: We take strong exception to Sen. Rand Paul’s absurd accusation that Sen. John McCain unknowingly met with members of the Islamic State while in Syria to meet with the moderate […]

Will the Obama worldview endure?

He is the master of the straw man (“To those who wish unlimited intervention and boots on the ground everywhere’) and the personal insult (“warmongers”!). He says he loves Israel — you don’t get to be president without saying so — yet he trusts Secretary of State John Kerry to negotiate a deal with Iran, […]

Rob Portman: What a GOP Senate would do

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) has been preparing a Senate agenda in the event the GOP takes the Senate. But contrary to earlier reports emanating from a breakfast he held with the Christian Science Monitor, his vision is ambitious and concrete. In a phone interview yesterday Portman told me, “I have been working for some time […]

A world of his own

President Obama is infamous for his high regard for himself and low opinion of just about everyone else. He infamously declared in 2008, “I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters. I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m gonna […]

The untrustworthy, friendless superpower

Unsurprising to those who grasp the basics of public diplomacy — a critical function in influencing others and defending oneself from domestic criticism — the Iraqi prime minister said he didn’t need U.S. troops. Oh, and he continued his outreach to Iran, which is already seeking a foothold in his country and looking to sweep […]

The Senate stands up and leads

It wasn’t close but it was telling. By a vote of 78 to 22, the Senate passed the continuing resolution to keep the government going until December and the authorization for aiding the Free Syrian Army. The no’s were largely from the politically ambitious right wing — betting they can profit by disclaiming responsibility for […]

Good news for Chris Christie

The biggest political news yesterday may not have been the Senate vote to arm the Free Syrian Army and the continuing resolution to which it was attached. Rather it was the release (almost) from purgatory for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: The U.S. Justice Department investigation into New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s role in “Bridgegate” […]

Morning Bits

Sounds about right. Speaker of the House John Boehner praising the anti-poverty plan of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.): “I think it’s our obligation to help provide the tools for them to use to bring them into the mainstream of American society. I do think that his idea on the Earned Income Tax Credit has a […]

It began with the red line

When you want to understand how we got from “ending” wars to debating whether we can avoid “boots on the ground” in a new one, you will find no more significant event than President Obama’s decision not to bomb Syria after Bashar al-Assad repeatedly used chemical weapons. That decision — and our foot-dragging in sending […]

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