September 25, 2013

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has it exactly right. “Iran must come into compliance with the repeated demands of the U.N. Security Council and negotiate the verifiable abandonment of its nuclear weapons program, or face even greater pressure, including the real threat of military force.”

Barack Obama
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the economy . (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

This is precisely why the Iranian “charm” leaves many of us cold. “It has been one year since the Iranian Revolutionary Guard took Naghmeh’s husband Saeed, a U.S. citizen of Iranian birth, and threw him in a prison in Tehran. Saeed was arrested and charged in Iran during a visit in June 2012. The 32-year-old converted to Christianity from Islam and then became a pastor, living in Boise, Idaho. He has been detained in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison since late September. In the Islamic Republic of Iran, a Muslim who converts to another faith can face the death penalty.”

What specifically may those be? Obama said everything was 100 percent  ready to go. “Health official: We’re ready to deal with ObamaCare glitches.”

He is particularly objectionable when he says things that are so obviously self-serving. “During his filibuster, Ted Cruz tells America that defunding Obamacare isn’t about ‘personality.’ ” To be specific, it’s about conning conservatives into thinking he’s the only real conservative.

Bill Clinton accurately explains a major Obamacare flaw. “[T]his only works, for example, if young people show up. And even if they buy the cheapest plan, then they claim their tax credit so it won’t cost them much, 100 bucks a month or so. We’ve got to have them in the pools, because otherwise all these projected low costs cannot be held if older people with preexisting conditions are disproportionately represented in any given state. You’ve got to have everybody lined up.” The GOP should get him to filibuster on the Senate floor.

Maybe Plan B is definitely better than Plan A or Plan Cruz. “A growing number of congressional Republicans believe GOP leadership in the House and Senate will inevitably embrace a proposal spearheaded by Senator David Vitter to end a special Obamacare subsidy for congressional staffers. Vitter will try to add it as an amendment to the government-funding bill under consideration in the Senate, and Speaker John Boehner is considering trying to force the issue when the bill comes back to the House.”

This accurately defines the mindset of the Cruz cheerleaders. “Cruz only needs a few dozen Republicans in the House to stand firm to be successful. He might get that. But the bulk of the GOP in the House will try to cut a deal with the Democrats and move on. That, in and of itself, is the brilliance of this strategy.” Translation: “The brilliance of the strategy to filibuster a bill that they demanded is that the majority of Republicans oppose the strategy.” Yes, it’s nuts.

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