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An open invitation: “Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday that President Barack Obama must visit the Texas southern border to see the immigration crisis for himself. ‘If he doesn’t come to the border, I think it’s a real reflection of his lack of concern of what’s really going on there,’ Perry said on FOX News’ ‘FOX and Friends,’ noting that Obama is planning to be in Texas next week for fundraisers.” Smart political move by the governor.

HiIlary Rodham Clinton smiles as she arrives at a book signing for her new book "Hard Choices," at Harvard Book Store, Monday, June 16, 2014, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Hillary Clinton arrives at a book signing for her new book, “Hard Choices,” at Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, Mass., on June 16. (Steven Senne/Associated Press)

You’d think this would open up the field to new up-and-coming Democrats, but so far the old guard isn’t going away gracefully. “By all accounts the Democrats face significant challenges in the midterm elections. It can’t help them that the party’s two most prominent figures—President Obama and Hillary Clinton —have become tone deaf. . . . After Hillary Clinton left the State Department in February 2013, Gallup tested her public standing that April, finding that 64% of Americans had a favorable impression and 31% unfavorable. By June 8 of this year, Mrs. Clinton’s favorables in the Gallup poll had dropped to 54% while her unfavorables had risen to 43%, which were her numbers at the end of the brutal 2008 Democratic primaries. And this was before her book tour.”

Obama opened himself up to just such criticism. “He can do some small temporary measures, but think about this: Bush tried to do it when he had all Republican control. Then they tried to do it when there was Democratic control of the House and Senate and a Republican president. Then we had all Democratic control for two years. It didn’t get done.” He certainly is all bark and no bite these days.

The voters no longer seem open to the “blame Bush” routine. “The public largely blames President Obama for the flood of children who have poured over the border in recent weeks, creating a growing humanitarian crisis, according to the latest IBD/TIPP Poll released Monday. The late June survey found that the public largely blames Obama policies for the crisis in Iraq and believes the lost IRS emails are an administration effort to cover up wrongdoing at the agency.” By a 56 to 41 percent margin, Americans think our premature exit from Iraq caused the current crisis there.

Obama gave the jihadists an opening, which they surely will seize.”[W]hen America withdraws all its troops by 2016, as President Obama is planning to do, it will not take long for the Taliban to regroup and retake territory it had lost to the Americans. Then al Qaeda will be free to return to Afghanistan and reestablish the safe haven it lost in that country after the 9/11 attacks. Moreover, without bases in Afghanistan, America will be unable to carry out drone strikes in Pakistan, giving al Qaeda freer movement within the trial regions of Pakistan.” Read the whole thing.

As Obama’s presidency sinks, Democrats open fire on one another. “Alaska Sen. Mark Begich says fellow Senate Democrat Claire McCaskill is investigating contracting practices in his home state because she ‘refuses to try and understand the history and culture’ of Alaska. . . . Begich, who is up for reelection this fall in a conservative state, called his Democratic colleague’s actions ‘troubling’ and mocked her legislative specialty of investigating waste and fraud, an unusual personal attack between senators of an opposite party and even rarer for fellow Democrats.” Yikes.

You’d think someone would be worried about opening up our secrets to another leaker. “The Department of Homeland Security has awarded a $190 million contract to the company accused of methodically defrauding the government while carrying out background checks on millions of people, including former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. The department’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services hired US Investigations Services LLC to help operate the nation’s immigration system.”

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