Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) doesn’t buy the White House spin. “[This email] is all about the presidential campaign. It’s not about trying to find out who committed this heinous crime. Not a single person who was responsible for the murder of these four brave Americans has been brought to justice.” Well, the latter may just be sheer incompetence.
When David Gregory doesn’t buy the spin, the White House is really up the creek. “The first two of the four goals [in the email are] about Benghazi, I don’t see why you wouldn’t have released this. It’s clear from the promos of the programs, including Meet the Press, we were going to talk to Susan Rice about Benghazi. It seems odd they wouldn’t have released this. . . . But clearly the talking points indicated that the video was involved, there was a some kind of spontaneous action. So there’s some conflict here obviously in how the administration was discussing all of this.”
Don’t buy that the Internal Revenue Service was the only politicized agency? You’re right. “The Office of Special Counsel (OSC), which investigates illegal political activity by federal employees, has made news again. This latest case involves an employee of the Federal Election Commission . . . . OSC settled a case with an unidentified lawyer at the FEC who agreed to resign and forsake any executive-branch employment for two years. According to OSC, this lawyer ‘posted dozens of partisan political tweets, including many soliciting campaign contributions to President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign,’ despite Hatch Act prohibitions on such fundraising. The lawyer also ‘participated in a Huffington Post Live internet broadcast via webcam from an FEC facility, criticizing the Republican Party and then-Presidential candidate Mitt Romney.’ ” Umm, anyone report this to the applicable state bar?
It’s a safe bet not to buy whatever the White House is pitching. “Despite a late surge that led to 8 million Americans signing up for coverage through President Obama’s health care law, just 28 percent of those signing up were from the crucial younger demographic, according to new data from the Department of Health and Human Services. The number is below the original HHS target.” No word on how many of those actually paid up.
Unfortunately for them, Americans generally don’t buy this sort of political inflexibility. “The refusal to adjust expectations and demands to the facts of 21st century political life is not a necessary concomitant of devotion to liberty and limited government. But despite his good-natured eclecticism, [Matt] Kibbe’s thinking displays a certain rigidity. Similarly, of fellow Tea Party activists he proudly observes, ‘Not compromising seems to be the glue that holds us as a social movement.’ That intended praise does the Tea Party an injustice. While aversion to compromise typifies many in the movement, it is not the glue that holds the Tea Party together. And it is not a virtue.” Read the whole thing.
The administration wants us to buy that they are strong on human rights. Here’s a test: “Rep. Frank Wolf, (R-VA), long recognized as one of the leading voices in Congress on Sudan and South Sudan, today called on President Obama to send former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to South Sudan to help end the ongoing violence that is eerily reminiscent of what happened in Rwanda 20 years ago this month. At press conference on Capitol Hill, Wolf relayed a conversation he had on Monday with an expert on the region who had just been in South Sudan, saying, ‘I heard of civilians, including women and children, indiscriminately targeted and killed. I learned of houses of worship turned from places of sanctuary to mass graves. I was told of ethnic divisions that now run so deep they could take a generation to heal.’ ”
Obama wants us to buy that this is hitting “singles and doubles.” Really? “That’s Punch and Judy foreign policy, the elevation of small, incremental success over swinging for the fences, embracing grand visions or—most important—making big mistakes. In Syria, Ukraine, and here in Asia, Obama’s first priority is to avoid a foreign policy face-plant. . . . All of this makes sense if risk avoidance is your top priority.” Alas, it actually increases risks to the U.S. and our allies.