Not really. “The Louisiana governor is back as a contender for the presidency four years from now. His secret weapon: [Texas Gov.] Rick Perry.” If he’s a contender it won’t be because of Perry.
Not actually doing anything about Bashar al-Assad has its cost. “The Syrian military’s movement of chemical weapons in recent days has prompted the United States and several allies to repeat their warning to President Bashar al-Assad that he would be ‘held accountable’ if his forces used the weapons against the rebels fighting his government. . . . American officials would not say over the weekend whether the activity they were now seeing edged toward the limit set by Mr. Obama.”
Not truthfully cutting spending at all. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on the president’s ludicrous offer to avoid the “fiscal cliff”: “Secretary Geithner’s claim of two dollars in spending cuts for every one dollar in tax hikes is . . . an egregious falsehood. The President is calling for $1.6 trillion in tax hikes. But instead of a corresponding $3.2 trillion spending cut, there is a more than $1 trillion spending increase.”
Not totally a suprise to anyone. “Hillary Clinton is running for President.” A vivid account from the Saban Forum: “In a packed ballroom of the Willard Hotel, she was greeted with a standing ovation and then a short, adoring film, a video Festschrift testifying to her years as First Lady, senator, and, above all, Secretary of State. . . . The film was like an international endorsement four years in advance of the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary. The tone was so reverential that it resembled the sort of film that the Central Committee of the Communist Party might have produced for Leonid Brezhnev’s retirement party if Leonid Brezhnev would only have retired and the Soviets had been in possession of advanced video technology.”
Not completely off base. “The White House and House Republicans need to stop posturing and lock themselves behind closed doors to hammer out a fiscal deal now, two budget experts said Monday. Former Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) and former Clinton budget director Alice Rivlin said that now is the time for leaders to embrace the type of bold plan the two budget gurus have offered up. ‘They need to get off the Sunday shows,’ Rivlin told reporters.”
Not entirely a secret that Susan Rice has an atrocious record on Africa, her foreign policy area of “expertise.” A Columbia professor well versed in her career: “Rice proved herself brilliant, over time, in working the machinery of government. But along the way she burned bridges liberally, alienating and often antagonizing many potential allies. . . . Susan Rice seems not to have convinced colleagues that her real interest was Africa, or even foreign policy.” (This by the way is why she never rose above mid-level in the Bill Clinton administration and her career was thought to be kaput until she joined up with the Obama campaign for the 2008 election.)
Not absolutely a verboten topic, but close. “In my opinion, the problem with the fiscal-cliff debate has been that no one is acknowledging the fact that there is no way out of raising taxes on everyone eventually unless Congress gets serious about addressing our long-term fiscal problem, by restraining spending.” Yup.