At least one branch of government is doing something constructive. “The House of Representatives’ version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed on Thursday afternoon by a bipartisan majority of 325-98, contained significant funding for Israel’s missile defense programs. In addition, it also contained a wide variety of other sections reflecting profound House concern regarding Iran.”

Ukrainian businessman, politician and presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko (L) and his wife Maryna (R), chat during voting in a presidential election at a polling station in Kiev May 25, 2014. Ukrainians voted on Sunday in a presidential election billed as the most important since they won their independence from Moscow 23 years ago, but armed pro-Russian separatists disrupted voting in eastern regions of the former Soviet republic. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
The presidential winner in Sunday’s election, Ukrainian businessman, politician and presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko, left, and his wife Maryna.  (Gleb Garanich/Reuters)

At least Hillary Clinton knew enough to put George Mitchell out there rather than risk her own reputation. “John Kerry’s recent failed effort to get the Israelis and the Palestinians closer to a peace agreement shows what happens when you see the world the way you want it to be rather than the way it really is. The good news is that the negotiations wouldn’t have started without Kerry. But that’s the bad news, too. He wanted talks far more than the Israelis and the Palestinians did. The secretary of state fell into one of the classic traps of negotiation and mediation: He became convinced of his own indispensability and centrality to the process — and badly exaggerated his ability to achieve a breakthrough.”

At least Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is lucky because he’s sure run a lackluster campaign. “The Rose Cochran photo scandal has been quicksand for the Chris McDaniel Senate campaign since the first news of it broke a little over a week ago. And as the clock ticks down to the June 3 Republican Senate primary in Mississippi, the question is whether McDaniel can pull out of it. At first the mess was partially McDaniel’s own doing: He and his campaign couldn’t get their stories straight.”

At least one lawmaker has figured it out. “The chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee said Sunday the blame for the scandal surrounding VA hospitals goes beyond Secretary Eric Shinseki. … ‘We’ve got to move away from a World War II concept. … What we want to do is, No. 1, give veterans the option to get their health care where they want their health care.’”

At least we’re achieving bipartisan consensus on President Obama’s incompetency. “How many duties must Mr. Shinseki neglect before the president will fire him? Mr. Obama evidently thinks that if he says the right things, he needn’t actually do anything. It’s worked in the past. But many mainstream journalists are as furious as the rest of us about how veterans have been treated. Liberal pundits Eugene Robinson and Dana Milbank are among those who have demanded a thorough housecleaning. More journalists also have begun to notice the president talks a better game than he plays.”

At least we should reconsider a system wherein the federal government subsidizes colleges gouging students and students rack up huge debt. “Student debt burdens are weighing on the economic fortunes of younger Americans, as households headed by young adults owing student debt lag far behind their peers in terms of wealth accumulation, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of government data. About four-in-ten U.S. households (37%) headed by an adult younger than 40 currently have some student debt—the highest share on record, with the median outstanding student debt load standing at about $13,ooo.”

At least there is some good news from Ukraine. House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) on the election of Petro Poroschenko to be the next President of Ukraine: “This election is a clear victory for Ukrainian democracy and a big setback to Vladimir Putin’s efforts to divide the country. By voting today, Ukrainians in all regions showed their commitment to a united, independent, and democratic Ukraine.” 

 

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.