Morning Bits

Shouldn’t the left be cheering refusal to project U.S. influence and power? It is what they advocated, after all. “‘Obama’s presiding over a slow, incremental American disengagement. People can’t believe it’s happening, but it’s happening,’ said Steve Clemons, a foreign policy expert at the New America Foundation, a liberal Washington think tank.” Oh, we believe it.

U.S. Capitol

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

Shouldn’t this be a danger sign for the anti-immigration reform crowd? Utah GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz (perhaps the only guy in the country who’s ever ousted a sitting Republican over immigration): “There should be a pathway to citizenship, not a special pathway and not ‘no pathway,’ but there has to be a legal, lawful way to go through this process that works, and right now it doesn’t.”

Shouldn’t there actually be, you know, real victims if voter ID is so pernicious.? “[The American Civil Liberties Union's] newest aggrieved voter is Aaron Belenky, a 39-year-old computer programmer who recently moved to Kansas City from Seattle. Either a passport or birth certificate would satisfy the registration requirement, and Belenky has both. Yet, he is ‘offended’ by the law. Why? Because, he complains, it would force him to ‘open and riffle through boxes in his Overland Park apartment’ to find his ID. Belenky’s objection, then, is that he would have to unpack sometime over the next twelve months or so.” Read the whole thing.

Shouldn’t this be doable? “Republicans need to win 5 of 6 [of the most competitive Senate seats] — including unseating three Democrats — to win a 51-seat majority in the Senate. All six states were won by [Mitt] Romney in 2012.”

Shouldn’t the president be saying this? Christians United for Israel: “Events in Egypt this week highlight yet again the tragedy facing the Christians of the Middle East. Once again, Christians are being targeted for murder. Once again Christian schools, businesses and churches are being attacked.  And once again, the world is largely silent. This is a modern pogrom. The silence must end. The United States must lead. We must make it clear to the Egyptian government, the Muslim Brotherhood and the world that we will not ignore this tragedy.  An important first step must be the immediate passage of H.R. 301, which would ensure that a top administration official will be focused on this issue at all times.” And what is that atrocities board doing?

Shouldn’t the Affordable Care Act increase the availability of affordable care? “The University of Virginia is the most recent employer to cut spousal healthcare coverage thanks to Obamacare. The university said Obamacare will add $7 million to the operating cost of UVA’s health plan.”

Shouldn’t Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) be exercised about this? “Yemeni president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi is requesting Washington hand over a number of armed drones to his forces, to combat al Qaeda forces based in the southern part of the country.” Terrorists sitting in cafes!

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