Almost as if the Republicans have it right. “For all the dire warnings, most Americans welcome a five percent cut in overall federal spending this year. But the defense budget is another matter. The public by nearly 2-1, 61-33 percent, supports cutting the overall budget along the lines of the sequester that took effect last Friday. But by nearly an identical margin, Americans in this ABC News/Washington Post poll oppose an eight percent across-the-board cut in military spending.”

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Nearly important enough for the mainstream media to notice. But not quite. “Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) sponsored a $3.5 million earmark in 2010 for a Virginia-based company that contributed heavily to his campaign during that election cycle and was a lobbying client of a close former aide, public records show.”

Virtually the same as that temper tantrum Democrats had in Wisconsin. “House Democrats on Wednesday walked out of a committee vote on Republican legislation to consolidate federal job-training programs, complaining that the GOP majority shut them out in a politically motivated rush to move the bill to the House floor.”

Practically the only time the United States has handled the Iranians correctly. “The US ambassador to the United Nations nuclear watchdog stormed out of an agency meeting on Wednesday in protest when Iran’s representative accused Israel of ‘genocide,’ diplomats said.”

Roughly two months into his second term, have voters woken up? “Many conservatives, myself included, find themselves in despair about the combination of Barack Obama’s reign of narcissism and the Republican opposition’s incapacities. We might take heart, however, in considering the possibility that the sandworm has begun to turn against The One. At least a few small signs indicate that Obama might have pushed his hyperactive self-regard too far.” We’ll see.

Approaching the point when it is hard to tell what is a mistake and what is deliberate with this crew. “Michelle Obama and John Kerry to Honor Anti-Semite and 9/11 Fan.”

Closing in on agreement on Obamacare’s utter unworkability? Getting there. “House speaker John Boehner, majority leader Eric Cantor, and other top House Republican leaders wrote to President Obama on Tuesday to ask him to support their efforts to shore up the fund created in Obamacare to help those with preexisting conditions obtain health insurance. There was bipartisan agreement that helping people with preexisting conditions to get access to care should be a top priority of health reform. But the solution in the health overhaul law is clearly failing because it is running out of money.”

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