Morning Bits

Enough stalling? House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) reacted to the State Department report stating no significant objections to the Keystone XL pipeline. “After four years of needless delays, it is time for President Obama to stand up for middle-class jobs and energy security and approve the Keystone pipeline.”

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

Enough money? “Secretary of State Kerry says the United States will make $190 million available immediately from a promised $450 million package for budget support. He also pledged $60 million toward a new enterprise fund.”

Enough talk. Show us the immigration bill. “Lawmakers and groups advocating for reform say [Sens.] John McCain,  [Chuck] Schumer and their partners, Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), need to show substantial progress before the end of the month.”

Enough secrecy? “Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., will not move forward President Obama’s nominee to head the CIA until they receive additional documents detailing the White House’s handling of the Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the pair said today on ‘Face the Nation.’ . . . ‘John and I are hell-bent on making sure the American people understand this debacle called Benghazi.’ ” Heard that one before.

Enough anti-Israel figures? Unfortunately no. “A controversial author and longtime critic of the U.S.-Israel alliance lectured at the State Department Friday on the eve of the AIPAC policy conference, Washington’s largest annual pro-Israel gathering. Stephen Walt, coauthor of The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy and professor of international affairs at Harvard University, was the featured speaker at the Secretary’s Open Forum on Friday afternoon.” And you thought Chuck Hagel was an exception?

Enough denial. “White House economic adviser Gene Sperling admits that, yes, in fact, the sequestration was President Obama’s plan.”

Enough crony capitalism. “What should Rubio have told Wall Street? ‘I’m not a crony capitalist, man.’ ”

Enough ignoring the vulnerable. “They hand an argument with virtually 100% public support—care for the vulnerable—to progressives, and focus instead on materialistic concerns and minority moral viewpoints. . . . Raging against government debt and tax rates that most Americans don’t pay gets conservatives nowhere, and it will always be an exercise in futility to compete with liberals on government spending and transfers. Instead, the answer is to make improving the lives of vulnerable people the primary focus of authentically conservative policies.” Read the whole thing.

Enough Lance Armstrong, especially excuse-making for his heinous behavior. “To be fair to the athletes of this era, we have to acknowledge that the choice they were facing was not just to dope but whether or not to leave their sport, at least at the highest professional level. Naturally we all say it would have been far better to ride clean and lose. But do that race after race, year after year, and pretty soon you won’t be going to races.” Stop! Blech. (And look who wrote this if you really want to be ill.)

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