Why hire a controversial partisan whom a good chunk of the country thinks misled them? I dunno. “Apple Inc. (AAPL) has talked with former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney about a public-relations job, a friend of his said. Carney hasn’t made up his mind, according to the person, who asked not to be named because the discussions are private and no agreement has been reached. Carney declined to specify whether he’s talking to Apple or any other specific company.”

Secretary of State John Kerry (Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters)

Why is it that they never catch Secretary of State John Kerry or President Obama saying something favorable about Israel on a hot mic? “When Secretary of State Kerry criticized Israel’s military operations in Gaza by calling them a ‘hell of a pinpoint operation,’ he not only validated Hamas’s human-shield strategy, he handed Hamas a key propaganda victory. And he had no excuse for doing so. . . . [H]e still focuses his anger on Israel and not on the designated terrorist organization that views each civilian death as a tactical victory. This anger betrays his own fundamental failings, not Israel’s.”

Why Putin Is Willing to Take Big Risks in Ukraine.” Because with Obama in office the risks aren’t so big.

Why doesn’t he blame Hamas? Well, Hamas won’t listen. “Team Obama’s frustration with Israel is palpable from Secretary Kerry mocking Israel when he thought his conversation was private). We’re told the president, for example, has ‘serious concern about the growing number of casualties, including increasing Palestinian civilian deaths in Gaza.’ So do many of us. It is heartbreaking to witness. But the pressure should be applied not to Israel but Hamas, which started this war, which is attempting to escalate it, and which is using innocent Palestinians as human shields. Yet we get from this administration a kind of rough moral symmetry in which Israel is lectured to exercise restraint beyond anything we would ask of ourselves and in which both Israel and Hamas are said to be complicit in a non-stop ‘cycle of violence.’  This is moral idiocy. The proper response to this conflict is to stand four-square with Israel in its effort to decimate Hamas. That would be the right thing to do in every respect, including for the welfare of Palestinian children, who are merely pawns in the lethal game being played by Hamas.”

Why do these people never learn? Didn’t the same thing happen with the Benghazi, Libya, attack and Obama’s Las Vegas fundraiser? “ABC’s Jon Karl questioned whether the president’s activities should have been cut to deal with the aftermath of the Malaysia jetliner crash. “Was it a mistake to have the president continue on his schedule and before making his first statement about this (the downed Malaysia jetliner), going and ordering cheeseburgers at The Charcoal Pit up in Delaware, and continue on what looked like a campaign schedule, including fundraisers in New York? Was that a mistake, in hindsight?’ Karl asked [White House Press Secretary Josh] Earnest.” (A great question isn’t it?) Of course not, Obama’s flack responded.

Why can’t she stop the money grubbing.? At some point enough is enough — but maybe not for her. “Hillary Clinton has earned at least $12 million in 16 months since leaving the State Department, a windfall at odds with her party’s call to shrink the gap between the rich and the poor. Clinton’s income since her resignation as secretary of state in February 2013 is derived mostly from her latest memoir, speeches and paid appearances at corporate retreats, according to an analysis of data compiled by Bloomberg. . . . In one university contract, Clinton retained the right to approve her introducer, program, moderator and the set, and she limited to 50 the number of pictures taken on a rope line.” Ms. Spontaneity she is not.

Why wouldn’t the answer be zero? “[Virginia Sen. Mark] Warner dodges question about how much he’ll campaign with Obama.” If he needs help, he can call in Bill Clinton.

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