Morning Bits

Train wreck, indeed. The Republican Governors Association has some fun.

(J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

(J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

Train wreck, ” says Nile Gardiner. “This was a highly defensive speech, with President Obama in full campaign mode. There were no fresh ideas, just a tired rehash of earlier campaign rhetoric. It was also another love letter to big government, with a clarion call for yet more federal spending on environmental measures, infrastructure, manufacturing, and a laundry list of liberal pet causes.” Read the whole thing.

Train wreck. “New York City Democrats may have been willing to give Anthony Weiner a second chance, but they appear to be less likely to offer him a third. According to a WSJ/NBC-4/Marist poll released on Thursday, Weiner has fallen to third place among likely voters in the crowded Democratic primary to succeed Michael Bloomberg as mayor.”

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) knows a train wreck when she sees it. “It is so disrespectful of women, and what’s really stunning about it is they don’t even realize. They don’t have a clue. If they’re clueless, get a clue. If they need therapy, do it in private.” To her credit these were directed at Weiner and another Democrat, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.

Weiner isn’t the only member of his family who’s been damaged. His wife’s news conference was a train wreck. Huma Abedin “took the good-wife act one step further at Tuesday’s press conference, admitting her collusion in this new lie: “’We discussed all of this before Anthony decided to run for mayor,’ she said. So clearly, as Abedin sat for these joint interviews in which Weiner claimed to be a changed man, she knew that wasn’t the truth, and was happy to lie to a public that had been nothing but sympathetic toward poor, brilliant Huma, saddled with such a dud. Perhaps they’re a better match than we knew.”

The train wreck in Egypt. “Twelve more people died in various clashes across Egypt on Tuesday. Especially ominous was the bombing of a police headquarters in the city of Mansoura: Although only one person died and 19 others were injured, this could well be a sign that Islamist opponents of the new military-dominated regime are not going to go away quietly and will instead resort to terrorism to try to win back power. It is an ominous sign when government spokesmen are forced to deny that Egypt will be ‘another Syria,’ but unfortunately the military’s hardline policies are making such a result more, not less, likely.”

A fall train wreck is in the offing. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Obamacare: “How can we go forward with this? We have a chance to stop this, and it may be our last best chance, and it comes in September when we have to pass a short-term budget in this chamber. And if we vote for a budget that funds this, this is going to move forward and hurt people terribly. And those who vote for it are going to have to answer for that. To my Republican colleagues, I would just say this: if we’re not going to draw a line in the sand on Obamacare, we have no lines in the sand. If this issue is not important enough for us to draw a line in the sand, what issue is? . . . We have to do everything we can to keep this from happening to people. And in September, we will have our last best chance to do that.” Uh-oh.

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