He’s got a point. “Nobody knows for sure who screamed, ‘Help me, help me.’ You have to have a reasonable doubt about that. Nobody knows for sure who was on top and who was on bottom, though the overwhelming forensic evidence suggests that Zimmerman was on the bottom having his head banged by a younger, stronger man. You have to have reasonable doubt there.”

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), second from left (Bill O'Leary/Washington Post)
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), second from left, is optimistic about immigration reform.
(Bill O’Leary/Washington Post)

There is unlikely to be a point at which conviction-hungry pundits acknowledge this. “Lead attorney Mark O’Mara said Saturday night after the verdict was announced that the only thing Zimmerman was guilty of was protecting himself. Defense attorney Don West then said that he knows he can be ‘blunt’ but called the state’s prosecution of Zimmerman ‘disgraceful’ and is ‘thrilled jury prevented this tragedy from becoming a travesty.’”

At some point ThinkProgress became self-parody. “Richard Grenell chews on Think Progress.” (h/t Instapundit)

Not too put too fine a point on it, but it’s a lousy job that only gets you attention when things go wrong. “TSA chief John Pistole, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, New York Police  Commissioner Raymond Kelly and a host of names from the Hill are popping up in  the initial round of possible replacements for outgoing Homeland Security  Secretary Janet Napolitano. But some are all but taking themselves out of the running.”

When will we reach that point the White House will finally have to decide if it wants a deal or an issue? “An effort to pass immigration legislation in piecemeal fashion is moving forward  in the House, where most Republicans are supportive of measures to tighten border security and address millions of illegal immigrants already in the  country, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said. . . . Gowdy estimated that 85 percent of the conference is supportive of passing some  legislation.”

We’ve reached the point where not even the MSM think President Obama is going to accomplish much. “Most Americans wanna see some governing too. We wanna see some stuff get done. But we haven’t, at least not yet. For a man who claims to have an acute awareness of time, the president has an inexplicable knack for wasting it. Tick tock: He spent the first four months of his new term fighting for gun control, an emotionally driven response to an issue of undeniable importance. But (and with the utmost respect to the victims of gun violence) it is not an issue on par with the number one concern for the vast majority of Americans: jobs and the economy. The White House has also been in reactive mode to the IRS mess, and the revelation that the government is tracking our phone calls, email, and snail mail. On top of that came a quiet news dump, deliberately timed to occur as the 4th of July weekend was getting underway, that the employer provision in ObamaCare, the president’s crowning domestic achievement thus far, was being delayed until after the 2014 midterms.”

She’s banking that the GOP will get its act together at some point. “Democrats who think they’re a shoo-in seem to be unaccountably banking on the GOP nominating some tongue-tied wingnut who will spend the campaign discussing the scientific evidence that women can’t get pregnant from rape.  But as Joe Scarborough argued in 2012, this is wishful thinking . . . in his words, ‘The GOP doesn’t nominate crazy.’  In 2012, out of an incredibly weak field filled with tongue-tied wingnuts, they nominated the moderate with the best public policy chops and solid debating skills.  In 2016, they will have a much more attractive bevy of candidates from which to choose someone electable.” We’ll see.

 

 

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