Whatever. “In a recent interview, [Democratic candidate for governor Terry] McAuliffe wouldn’t give specific responses when asked about technical aspects of legislative and governor’s office operations. Asked if he could name the positions in the governor’s Cabinet, for instance, McAuliffe said: ‘Maybe could, maybe couldn’t. That’s not what I’m going to do here today because that’s not what I’m talking about.'”

U.S. Capitol U.S. Capitol (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

Whenever they go to Cuba, they are supporting tyranny, says Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.): “Cuba is not a zoo where you pay an admission ticket and you go in and you get to watch people living in cages to see how they are suffering. Cuba is not a field trip. I don’t take that stuff lightly. You just went to Cuba and to fulfill your curiosity — which I could’ve told you about if you’d come seen me for five minutes — you’ve left thousands of dollars in the hands of a government that uses that money to control these people that you feel sorry for.”

Whoever has a better budget please come forward. At least “the Ryan budget provides a view of Republican priorities and their vision for how to increase economic growth, reform entitlements, and balance the budget. While timid and imperfect, Ryan’s plan shows that Republicans are at least looking in the right direction. Ryan accepts the $600 billion in tax increases resulting from the fiscal-cliff deal, but rejects any new tax hikes going forward. It also includes pro-growth tax reform — lowering rates while broadening the base. . . . However, while we can undoubtedly look forward to news stories about how Ryan would slash spending, his budget doesn’t actually cut spending at all; it merely slows the rate of growth. Indeed, under Ryan’s proposal, federal spending would still grow by an average of 3.4 percent every year.”

Whichever you favor — the military or the CIA — the U.S. has an interest in keeping Iraq from falling apart. On CIA operatives working in Iraq against al-Qaeda: “This is, in essence, a second-best solution–better than nothing but not as good as keeping an American military contingent after 2011 as America’s military commanders on the ground had argued for. Does President Obama now regret, one wonders, not trying harder to secure a Status of Forces Agreement?” No. It’s never his fault.

However hard the Democrats argue they favor work, 194 of them argued against barring waivers for states to lighten work requirements. In fact, no state ever requested a waiver, but the White House still opposed the bill. Remarkable.

Whosoever doubts the potency of civil libertarian issues is blind. “The Obama administration is drawing up plans to give all U.S. spy agencies full access to a massive database that contains financial data on American citizens and others who bank in the country, according to a Treasury Department document seen by Reuters. The proposed plan represents a major step by U.S. intelligence agencies to spot and track down terrorist networks and crime syndicates by bringing together financial databanks, criminal records and military intelligence. The plan, which legal experts say is permissible under U.S. law, is nonetheless likely to trigger intense criticism from privacy advocates.”

Whomever the shoe fits. “If I could get away with hiding behind a dispassionate empiricism while advocating strongly for a crushingly boring orthodox progressivism, then I’d probably do it. But that’s not an option for me, because I’m for new and radical ideas such as living within your means, not bankrupting future generations, and keeping government within the bounds set by the law. One day, maybe those notions will gain some currency, but for now I suppose we’ll just have to stick with Obamacare, crushing deficits, and terrifying unfunded liabilities — just as we had for the two centuries before this one before Jacobins like Paul Ryan came along.” It is the belief they are unbiased that reveals the left’s certainty of its own rectitude.

 

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