Can’t blame them. “Fifty-six percent of Americans say the [Obamacare] Web site problems are part of a broader problem with the law’s implementation while just 40 percent see the Web site problems as an isolated incident. Reaction to federal insurance exchange Web site are deeply rooted in partisanship. More than eight in 10 Republicans say Web site troubles are a sign of broader implementation problems, while most Democrats call it an isolated incident. Independents resemble the public overall, with 55 percent seeing broader problems with implementation.”
Can’t blame them. Editorial chiefs are at their wits end. “‘The major-party candidates have earned the citizenry’s derision,’ the Richmond Times-Dispatch wrote Monday morning. ‘The third-party alternative has run a more exemplary race yet does not qualify as a suitable option. We cannot in good conscience endorse a candidate for governor.’ The off-year Virginia Gubernatorial race is the biggest election of the season, and is being closely observed for signs of the electorate’s mood ahead of the 2014 midterms. For all that, neither Republican Ken Cuccinelli nor Democrat Terry McAuliffe has inspired much excitement. The Times-Dispatch said it had never not endorsed a candidate before.”
Can’t blame him. At some point he’s got to show the goods, right? “U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue Monday criticized Sen. Ted Cruz, who led the quixotic campaign to defund Obamacare that ended up shutting down the government, saying he has yet to prove he is capable of legislating.”
Can’t blame him. He surely had other problems, but the shutdown isn’t helping anyone on the ballot with an “R” after his name. “Republican Steve Lonegan had one thing to blame Monday for his loss in the race for the N.J. Senate seat: the government shutdown.” Weirdly, however, he blames the people who opposed the disastrous strategy.
Can’t blame them. The Arab Spring pessimists, that is. “No matter how many ‘good decisions’ Westerners recommend, at the end of the day, it will require Muslim democrats and economic reformers to create and sustain democratic and economically reformed Muslim nations. There are such people — but they are still few, far between, and largely powerless.”
Can’t blame him. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is frustrated: “Manchin gave a harsh critique of President Obama, stating he ‘doesn’t not have that jump up front engaging style’ to solve disagreements with Congress before it reaches a ‘crisis stage.’”
Can’t blame him. Still, flip-flopping all over the place after you get socked by opponents for the first time suggests you have a glass jaw. “I still continue to believe, as I always have, that the best way to address immigration reform is in individual bills that build on each other sequentially. I’ve always believed that. Now, the Senate wanted a different direction. I wanted to influence what the Senate came up with. I felt it was important for the Senate to take the first step in this debate.” He was for separate bills before he was against that strategy?