February 18, 2013

Don’t cry for him, South Carolina? Mark Sanford isn’t top dog anymore. “The Republican Liberty Caucus of South Carolina conducted a straw poll at Saturday’s FreedomWorks Congressional Forum with Former Sen. John Kuhn (R-Charleston) winning top nods of most straw poll voters.”


Rep. Paul Ryan (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Crying foul. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on the sequester: “Don’t forget it’s the president that proposed the sequester and designed sequester and House Republicans who twice passed legislation replacing the sequester with smarter cuts in other areas of government. The Senate hasn’t passed a bill to replace the sequester. The president gave a speech showing that he’d like to replace it, but he hasn’t put any details out there. So that is why I conclude I believe it’s going to take place.”

For crying out loud. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has had it with her excuses. “When Secretary Clinton said she had a clear-eyed view of the threats we faced in Libya … she was not clear-eyed, she was blind and deaf.”

A far cry from the Gang of 8 immigration plan. “Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Saturday panned a reported immigration reform proposal from President Obama, saying it would be ‘dead on arrival’ in Congress. ‘If actually proposed, the President’s bill would be dead on arrival in Congress, leaving us with unsecured borders and a broken legal immigration system for years to come,’ said Rubio in a statement.”

We didn’t hear much of an outcry in the American media about this. “The alleged father of Iran’s nuclear program, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi, is believed to have been present in North Korea last week in order to observe its third nuclear test, Britain’s The Sunday Times reported citing Western intelligence sources.”

Talk about crying wolf. “The so-called sequester, these automatic spending cuts. We’ve heard some dire warnings about what they would mean. We’ve heard 70,000 kids kicked off Head Start, the equivalent of 1,000 FBI agents off the job, the Navy shutting down four air wings, delaying the deployment of a carrier striker to the Persian Gulf, and we’ve even had a senator talk about five-hour wait times at airports if these cuts go into effect.”

This not something to decry. “The Incredible Shrinking United Nations.”

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