Not a pleasant topic for Hillary Clinton. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-Tex.) asks: “Why were we still in Benghazi? The British ambassador was almost assassinated. Our facility was attacked twice. There were multiple episodes of violence. We were the last flag flying in Benghazi and I would like to know why.” Odd how she’s never been asked that.
This will put a smile on the faces of Republicans. The map expands again and again: “In a race against Scott Brown, 39.2 percent would vote for Senator Shaheen, 35.7 percent for Scott Brown, and 25.2 percent are unsure.” And Obama’s approval falls to 36 (!) percent.
Republicans shouldn’t be content to finger point; it has been a mess under administrations of both parties. “Addressing the scandal plaguing the Department of Veterans Affairs, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the backlog is an issue that should have been looked at ‘years ago.’ ”
Feel-good politics has its limits. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.): “You can’t base your policy on what’s trending on twitter. It has to be more than hashtags and selfies. This is a huge and growing problem that’s really been relatively ignored. This is going to continue to happen unless we have a robust, holistic approach to what is radicalism and extremism popping up around the world.”
Yes, we have a lot of happy talk in place of effective action. George Will on Boko Haram hashtags: “Power is the ability to achieve intended effects. And this is not intended to have any effect on the real world. It’s a little bit like environmentalism has become. But the incandescent light bulb becomes the enemy. It has no effect whatever on the planet, but it makes people feel good about themselves.”
Not even the worst administration apologists can be pleased about this. “A senior Israeli official familiar with Israeli-Palestinian peace talks lashed out at US special envoy Martin Indyk on Friday over the latter’s ‘hypocrisy’ for singling out settlement construction as a major factor for the talks’ collapse last month. The official, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, claimed Indyk knew that building in the settlements would continue throughout the nine-month US-led negotiations period.” Those foreign policy pros who know Indyk aren’t the least bit surprised.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) sounds cheery about his prospects. “I’ll be 43 this month, but the other thing that perhaps people don’t realize: I’ve served now in public office for the better part of 14 years. And most importantly, I think a president has to have a clear vision of where the country needs to go and clear ideas about how to get it there. And I think we’re very blessed in our party to have a number of people that fit that criteria.”