Out of bounds. “Why pay any attention to what Mr. Cain and Ms. Palin say? Isn’t criticizing them merely evidence of wanting to be embraced by the liberal “establishment”–a sign of being unprincipled, ideologically soft and a RINO (Republican In Name Only)? Why not ignore their words in order to focus on the venom of the left and the genuine threat posed to America by the Obama presidency? . . . Some of us also believe that those who claim to be conservative need to be held to certain standards as well; that to berate only the left for rhetorical overkill is to employ a double standard; and that irresponsible and careless language used by former governors and vice presidential candidates like Sarah Palin and former presidential candidates like Herman Cain helps discredit conservatism and the GOP.”

Capitol building (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

Out of her depth. “During Monday’s State Department briefing, spokesperson Jen Psaki failed to explain if cannibalism is a violation of international law.” About what you’d expect from a campaign hack put in a job that requires refined knowledge of foreign policy.

Out of options and with poll numbers slipping, Obama struggled to argue that “he had implemented additional safeguards to protect personal privacy, and sought to contrast his polices with the Bush administration amid charges that the surveillance programs highlight his own hypocrisy.”

Out of nowhere (NOT) : “The White House said last week Obama would try to persuade Putin to drop support for Assad at a summit of the G8 group of world powers in Northern Ireland. Putin showed no sign of being convinced. Speaking on the summit’s eve, he hammered home his point that arming fighters was reckless, zeroing in on an incident last month when a rebel commander was filmed biting a piece of an enemy’s entrails.” Pathetic that the president is still trying to convince Putin it is in “Russia’s interest” to help boot Assad.

Out of hope and change. “The Obama administration says it wants the American people to allow the NSA to do what it must to protect the nation. The president himself has assured Americans that Congress has been in the loop, making sure the NSA isn’t going too far. But it’s hard to see how a real check on that power is possible if Congress is unable or unwilling to provide actual oversight, much less take action when a key official involved in the program isn’t straight with lawmakers.”  When lying is acceptable, Liz Sidoti clarifies, “the public loses.”

Out of credibility. “President Obama’s Uphill Defense of the NSA Surveillance: Trust Us, Because . . . Trust Us.”

Out of curiosity, why did we need a study to confirm this: “In a period marked by Supreme Court deliberations on the subject, the news media coverage provided a strong sense of momentum towards legalizing same-sex marriage, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. Stories with more statements supporting same-sex marriage outweighed those with more statements opposing it by a margin of roughly 5-to-1.”

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