The Department of Justice has given up attacking Louisiana’s school choice, House majority leader Eric Cantor (Ra-Va.) crows: “This is a huge victory for so many families and students who the Department of Justice tried to deny the best possible education. But the fight isn’t over. President Obama still believes Washington knows better than Louisiana parents. The Justice Department is still requesting the court allow a federal review process of the program, and that’s unacceptable.” The “Washington knows best” attitude is laughable in light of the Obamacare mess.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) gives a cold shoulder to efforts to adjust the sequester levels. “Speaking for myself, I think not busting those caps is the most important thing.”
Republicans give short shrift to the president’s “no sanctions” plea. “Defying the wishes of President Obama, six Republican senators Tuesday proposed an amendment to a defense spending bill to introduce a new round of sanctions on Iran on the eve of diplomatic talks the president hopes will end Iran’s quest for a nuclear weapon. . . . A draft of the amendment, obtained by the Daily Beast, would sanction any bank that allows Iran to spend revenue in overseas accounts on items besides food and medicine and lays out what steps Congress would need to see in any interim agreement with Iran. The amendment also states any such interim agreement must require Iran to stop the enrichment of uranium, a condition of earlier U.N. Security Council resolutions. The administration has hoped to fudge this issue so far and has been discussing a temporary agreement that would allow Iran to do some enrichment while the larger deal is negotiated over a six month period.”
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gives it to the shutdown squad. “Since ObamaCare is still currently being funded, and the government is reopened maybe I’m too cynical, but it appears to me the strategy of defunding it by closing the government failed. . . . I think there were a number of people in Congress on the Republican side of the aisle who just did not have an end-game strategy.”
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush gives his prediction. “Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Monday night he thinks the House will pass immigration reform next year, calling Speaker John Boehner ‘totally committed’ to the effort.”
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal gives advice to fellow Republicans. “There are many more examples of Republican governors’ successes, but the point is that conservative reforms are working in the states. That’s the roadmap for winning in 2016. But first, we need to go out and win the war of ideas and the elections in 2014.”
These people can’t give a straight story to save their lives. “White House press secretary Jay Carney said President Obama was told in April about a review of HealthCare.gov‘s problems, but Carney declined to specify the details of the briefing. . . . A few moments later, Carney remarked that while the president was warned “there would be glitches, there would be problems, but that certainly we never expected, he was certainly not told, and nobody here was told, because there was not this expectation, that the site would perform as poorly as it did.” Got that?