September 13, 2013

John Kerry says Russian negotiations over Syrian WMDs are “not a game.” Well, let’s say they are not a competitive game.

Terry McAuliffe (Maddie Meyer/The Washington Post)
Terry McAuliffe (Maddie Meyer/The Washington Post)

It seems Bush’s team came up with a health-care plan that Americans actually like. “The American Action Forum released a report Thursday finding the Medicare Part D program has been successful in its first ten years, with significantly lower government expenditures than projected, low beneficiary costs, and high customer satisfaction, according to an AAF release.”

Russia knows how to use up the clock. “Secretary of State John Kerry today rejected a call from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the U.S. to drop its threat of force before Syria gives up its chemical weapons.”

Maybe a new quarterback would help. “In the first year of his second term, the president has failed on virtually every front. He put his prestige on the line to pass federal gun-control legislation — and lost. He made climate change a central part of his inaugural address — and nothing has happened. The president went head-to-head with Republicans on sequestration — and he failed. He’s been forced to delay implementation of the employer mandate, a key feature of the Affordable Care Act. ObamaCare is more unpopular than ever, and it’s turning out to be a ‘train wreck’ (to quote Democratic Senator Max Baucus) in practice. The most recent jobs report was the worst in a year, with the Obama recovery already qualifying as a historically weak one. Immigration reform is going nowhere. And then there’s Syria, which has turned out to be an epic disaster.”

This could be a rout. “A new poll by the bipartisan firm Purple Strategies shows Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe has built up an 18-point lead among women, a margin that’s helped him to a five-point lead in the race overall. Cuccinelli has a 10-point lead among men, but the poll finds he ‘has room to grow’ when it comes to consolidating Republican voters behind him.”

Vladimir Putin runs circles around the Obama crew. “White House press secretary Jay Carney swiped back at Russia after an op-ed published by Russian President Vladimir Putin chastising the United States over its foreign policy. . . .’Unlike Russia, the United States stands up for democratic values and human rights around the world,’ Carney said. Umm. Not all that much, under this president.

Ryan Lizza asks what our “endgame” is in Syria. This, I think, falsely assumes there is a game plan.

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