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Right Turn
Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 07/21/2011

Morning Bits

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) denounces the Gang of Six’s scheme. “Serious flaws have been identified. . . . The production of the Gang’s summary at the last minute also underscores my severe concerns over how this process has unfolded. . . . Senate Democrats and the White House have fiercely resisted formulating an actual debt plan at every step of the way. . . . The real bluff from the president is the idea that a White House deficit reduction plan exists. It’s time for the White House to lay its cards on the table.”

The Bachmann campaign debunks the “she’s incapacitated by headaches” attack — with a note from her doctor.

President Obama originally denied he would accept a short-term debt deal. Now it’s a different story. Maybe he’ll change his mind on taxes, too.

Obama declines to lead on Libya and this is the result: “France’s foreign minister suggested Wednesday that a possible way out of Libya’s civil war would be to allow Moammar Gaddafi to stay in the country if he relinquishes power.” So much for accusing him of war crimes.

It’s demoralizing but unsurprising: “Some Latin American presidents mock U.S. for debt woes. . . . ‘When did the American dream become a nightmare?’ gloated Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez, whose own country defaulted on about $100 billion in debt a decade ago.” Remember when Obama promised to restore America’s standing in the world?

Deliver three days a week?! “With Internet usage rising and mail volume steadily falling, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe warned the U.S. Postal Service is going to have to make significant cutbacks that could mean no more Saturday service and eventually lead to mail delivery just three days a week.” Why not just deliver once a year — Mail Day!

Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) defies pleas to do his job. Instead: “Reid says he’s waiting on Boehner to tell him ‘path forward’ on raising debt ceiling.” Pathetic.

Bill Bennett decimates talk-show hosts who do nothing but whine and scream that Republican lawmakers are sell-outs: “They’re not being gutless. They’re holding up pretty doggone well. . . . You can’t say they’re quaking like jelly, it just isn’t fair. . . . I don’t think I’ve ever done this in six years of radio, but let’s face it: a lot of people who are in talk radio are in talk radio, and their background was talk radio. And that’s fine. A man isn’t defined by what he did in the past. But let me tell you there are some advantages — from time to time — in having been [in the federal government]. You know, if your main responsibility over 20 or 30 years was to decide whether to take Hamburger Helper as a sponsor or not, that’s different than having run a department or agency of government.” Yowser and bravo!

Obama’s approval rating slump deepens.

By  |  07:45 AM ET, 07/21/2011

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