September 9, 2013

Who and what are gaining traction — or aren’t?

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) (Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency)
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) (Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency)

UP: No votes on Syria.

DOWN: President Obama’s rhetorical powers.

UP: Secretary of State John Kerry’s standing with serious foreign policy gurus.

DOWN: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s standing with serious foreign policy gurus.

UP: Bipartisan agreement on foreign policy.

DOWN: Bipartisan support for President Obama’s foreign policy.

UP: Memorable comments by Syria resolution opponents.

DOWN: Respectability of anti-resolution arguments (“al-Qaeda’s air force”).

UP: Democratic internationalism.

DOWN: Republican internationalism.

UP: Consensus that Obama should have acted against Syria without Congress.

DOWN: Prospects for House passage of Syria resolution.

UP: Iran’s confidence after watching Obama on Syria.

DOWN: Non-jihadi Syrian rebels’ confidence after watching Obama on Syria.

UP: Chance Syria will leave the president’s domestic agenda in tatters.

DOWN: Chances for immigration reform passing this fall.

UP: Mitt Romney’s take on Russia.

DOWN: Hillary Clinton’s take on Russia.

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