Now, here’s a law the administration needs to defend to the hilt. “Iran is insisting that the United States accept its decision to appoint a former terrorist as it representative to the United Nations, which held a closed-door meeting on Tuesday to address Tehran’s concerns over the matter. President Barack Obama signed into law last week a widely supported bill preventing countries from appointing terrorists as their U.N. ambassadors.”
Terri Lynn Land defends herself ably from the “war on women” charge — from her male opponent. “Really? Think about that for a moment.” Ouch.
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) defends Jeb Bush: “I hold no brief for Jeb Bush, but having such a prominent Republican speak so humanely and unapologetically about the motivations behind many of those who have come to reside in this country is good for all of us. . . . Sure, some come with the intent to do harm or simply to take advantage of our generosity. But many come to find work to feed their families. To lump everyone who crosses the border illegally into the same class is unfair and unproductive.”
Defending the First Amendment can mean defending politicians’ right to lie. “U.S. Supreme Court justices across the ideological spectrum voiced doubts on Tuesday about a state law that prohibits false statements during a political campaign. The Ohio law allows candidates and other citizens to file a complaint for allegedly false slogans, prompting a state election commission hearing and public scrutiny of advocacy groups’ or individuals’ claims in the middle of a campaign. Justice Anthony Kennedy, a Republican appointee, speculated that calling in a group’s leaders ‘to justify what (they’re) going to say’ could impinge on free speech rights under the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a Democratic appointee, observed that simply being forced to defend an advertisement could be costly and diminish speech at a crucial point in a campaign.”
To defend democracy in Egypt is no easy task. “Egypt’s modern history is the story of continued failure: failure to modernize, failure to deliver the promised salvation to the masses, failure to better their miserable conditions, and above all the failure of a country to find the place it believes it deserves under the sun. Defeats, failures, and disappointments have taken their toll on the people. Only the existence of a Jewish conspiracy against Egypt, Arabs, and Islam can offer them solace. Only by believing that the Jews are responsible for their miserable conditions can they find comfort. Those hopeful that the Arab Spring would introduce a breath of fresh air in the region, and especially on the question of anti-Semitism, were soon mugged by reality.” Read the whole thing.
When your spokesperson won’t hang around to defend you, you know you’re in trouble. “In the final weeks of the Kentucky Republican primary election, U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin’s chief spokeswoman has left the campaign for an unknown reason.” Maybe a desire to leave a sinking ship?
I am sure Democrats will stop defending unilateral governance and refusal to enforce the nation’s laws — as soon as there is a Republican president. “The Obama administration is looking to curb the deportations of tens of thousands of illegal immigrants whose only crime is unlawful entry to the country, according to news reports. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed Tuesday that Secretary Jeh Johnson met with leaders in the business community, law enforcement, and religious groups, as he considers moving on immigration reform.”