February 13, 2013

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) strikes back: “Your policies are responsible for lost wages and lost jobs. Your policies have denied people access to quality health care. Your policies have shut down factories, surged energy costs, and brought economic growth to a standstill. And your policies are responsible for a nearing debt crisis that threatens each and every American family.”

(J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)
(J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

The GOP is looking to pick them off. If they keep rubber-stamping the president’s agenda, it will be easy. “Senate Republicans hope to use the Obama administration’s leftward take in the early days of the president’s second term to their advantage, looking to use unease with liberal policies in Southern and Western states as a path to electoral victory in 2014.”

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) brushes back the president. “He doesn’t have the courage to take on the liberal side of his own party. He just doesn’t have the courage to lead when it comes to our long-term spending problem.”

They got thrown out. Wow. “The International Olympic Committee has dropped wrestling from the 2020 Summer Games, a surprising decision that has bewildered athletes and fans of the longtime Olympic sport.”

The unforced errors will get you every time. “Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II’s new book hit stores Tuesday with the public readings and promotion you’d expect to accompany a missive from a big-name political author. The surprise was that the dramatic readings and calls to buy the book came from Democrats, who hope that the Republican’s book will help sink his gubernatorial campaign.”

Unfortunately, neither the president nor his advisers made the pitch for funding defense before they forced the sequester on Congress. “With no strategic analysis whatsoever, with no idea even of where the cuts would come from, the president proposed $400 billion in cuts off the budget that his own secretary of defense had just submitted. Subsequently he and Congress agreed to almost $500 billion in cuts, and then agreed to the sequester of an additional $500 billion over the next ten years . . . . The whole point of America’s military is to manage risk — to anticipate and deter or defuse it, so that the United States can protect its homeland and its vital national interests without war whenever possible. But our servicemen and women, good as they are, can’t do their job if their government wholly fails to sustain the military at an adequate size and with modern equipment.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) hit it out of the park with this one: “There are very few people who have been this wrong about so many things.” He has mastered the tone and body language for expressing complete contempt for Chuck Hagel.

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.