Philip Klein is talking sense to disgruntled conservatives. “Mark Tapscott and David Fredosso captured some of the frustration among conservatives about the budget deal, and for more disappointment, check out Red State. The problem with this debate is that you cannot prove a negative, so it’s much easier for somebody to argue that if House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, were willing to let the government shut down, that he could have gotten a better deal, than it is to celebrate a deal that cuts spending by little more than a rounding error relative to the overall budget. But I have yet to read or hear a criticism that outlined a realistic scenario under which Obama would agree to everything Republicans proposed, let alone a scenario in which lawmakers made a major dent in the debt in a six-month budget.”
The disgruntled conservatives aren’t talking much sense, are they? Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.): “I think he drove a hard bargain here. I want to see the details. But from what I know, it sounds like John Boehner got a good deal. Probably not good enough for me to support it, but a good deal nonetheless.” Spoken like someone with no responsibility for governance.
While Obama’s flacks are spinning the 2011 continuing resolution as a win for Obama, George Will is talking sense: “If this is a victory, I wish them many more.”
Ron Brownstein was also talking sense: “Substantively, I think, it’s clearly a victory for the Republicans. The entire debate . . .was on their terms. The president essentially accepted an argument that austerity was acceptable at a time when unemployment is still at 8.8 percent. That is a big win. The other big win . . . is Republicans come out more united, Mike Pence notwithstanding, and, I think, Democrats come out more divided.”
Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) was talking sense on Sunday: “You know, I sit here and I listen to David Plouffe talk about, you know, their commitment to cut spending, and knowing full well that for the last two months we’ve had to bring this president kicking and screaming to the table to cut spending. I then hear they’re going to present a plan as far as how to address the fiscal situation. And, by the way, they’re insisting that we have to about looking at raising taxes again, all while holding up the tax agreement that was signed in December.”
Howard Kurtz was talking sense on “Reliable Sources”: “But I wonder if you think enough attention was paid to — you know, we often talk about when conservatives say things like ‘You lie,’ it gets a lot of attention. Here’s Democratic Congresswoman Louise Slaughter saying Republicans want to kill women. And I didn’t see a lot of outrage about that. I mean, that’s pretty hot rhetoric.”
The Arab League sure isn’t talking sense these days (ever?): “The Arab League on Sunday announced during a special meeting in Cairo that it plans to press the UN to impose a no-fly zone over Gaza amid an escalation in violence in the area, AFP reported.” Unfortunately, there isn’t a “no missile zone” over Israeli civilians.
Donald Trump still isn’t talking sense: “Real estate mogul and potential 2012 presidential candidate Donald Trump has again reiterated his doubt about President Obama’s citizenship, lamenting that the media has helped turned the ‘birther’ term into a ‘negative word.’”