Ready for immigration reform? “Tea-party activist Sal Russo offered an eye-opening remark this week. He said ‘Conservatives should be leaders in the immigration-reform movement.’ Then tax-reform activist Grover Norquist organized a media conference call, in which he reinforced his support of immigration reform. American Conservative Union chairman Al Cardenas joined in that call, as did Robert Gittelson, president of Conservatives for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. In recent days, support for legal status for undocumented immigrants was also voiced by Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — all GOP presidential contenders.”
Ready for Bush vs. Clinton? “Jeb Bush hints at 2016 run. . . . Bush told graduates to hold onto their socially conservative values, a message that could play well among the Republican base. The message also serves as a contrast with more libertarian members of the party eyeing the race, like Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).”
Ready for (Jeb) Bush-(Liz) Cheney? Sounds like her dad is a Jeb fan. “As the [Fox News Sunday] interview wrapped up, host Chris Wallace asked the former vice president what he thought of three 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls: Sen. Rand Paul, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. ‘Jeb’s a good guy, a good governor,’ Cheney said. On Christie: ‘I like him. I have not committed to anyone and will not for some time.’ Cheney’s response to Paul was a little icier. ‘He’s obviously not familiar with facts,’ Cheney said, referring to Paul charging that the former vice president used the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks as an excuse to invade Iraq and benefit his former company Halliburton, a military contractor where Cheney had once been CEO.”
Ready for the administration to plead for more time? “Iran nuclear talks stalled Friday, casting a shadow on earlier advances and denting hopes that Tehran and six world powers will meet a July 20 target date for a deal meant to curb Iran’s atomic program while ending sanctions on the Islamic Republic.”
Ready for right-wing talk show hosts to go nuts? “Missouri’s great compromise on Common Core passed Thursday with strong majorities in the House and Senate, keeping the state on board with the controversial standards — at least for two years. Missouri remains one of the 44 states that have adopted the learning targets for math and English language arts. But whether that designation lasts is up for grabs. The bill will set educator work groups to the task of developing a set of Missouri standards. Supporters of Common Core like it because they expect that educators will affirm the work underway in nearly all of the state’s school districts to implement Common Core.”
Ready for a media double-standard on stilts? This time in the 2008 cycle, the media was running story after story on Sen. John McCain’s age and war-related injuries, questioning his psychological stability. “On Meet the Press Sunday morning, host David Gregory grilled RNC Chairman Reince Priebus over Karl Rove’s recent musings on Hillary Clinton’s cognitive status following a 2011 concussion, asking if Priebus thought the comments might backfire on the party, and whether the GOP’s ‘mission’ was to persuade Clinton not to run.” Nonsense. The GOP is following the Obama playbook: Set the narrative early.
Ready for the New York Times to be on the receiving end of barbs about the “war on women”? “Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and Republican Senate Candidate Carly Fiorina eviscerated New York Times publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr. over the firing of executive editor Jill Abramson. . . .’ No more lectures, please, from The New York Times about the treatment of women.’ “