Did Richard Goldstone decide to recant during a debate at Stanford? “A few days before Richard Goldstone wrote his column in the Washington Post expressing a certain degree of regret over what was reported in the Goldstone Report, the former jurist had attended a debate about the report at Stanford University.”
Did Keep America Safe win the fight? You betcha: “We welcome the Obama Administration’s reversal today on the issue of where Khalid Sheikh Mohamed and the other 9/11 conspirators should be tried. However, Attorney General Holder’s continued assertion — made again today in his press conference — that these terrorists should be brought into the United States for trial in civilian courts is seriously misguided. Military commissions are the correct vehicle for these trials and we regret that it took the Obama Administration more than two years to accept this. We are grateful to those members of Congress — Republicans and Democrats — who stood up for the will of the American people and prevented the transfer of the 9/11 conspirators and other Guantanamo terrorists into the United States for trial.”
Did President Obama blow it by doing nothing on the debt? Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) suggests that’s the case: “The president’s recent budget proposal would accelerate America’s descent into a debt crisis. It doubles debt held by the public by the end of his first term and triples it by 2021. It imposes $1.5 trillion in new taxes, with spending that never falls below 23% of the economy. His budget permanently enlarges the size of government. It offers no reforms to save government health and retirement programs, and no leadership. Our budget, which we call The Path to Prosperity, is very different. For starters, it cuts $6.2 trillion in spending from the president’s budget over the next 10 years, reduces the debt as a percentage of the economy, and puts the nation on a path to actually pay off our national debt. Our proposal brings federal spending to below 20% of gross domestic product (GDP), consistent with the postwar average, and reduces deficits by $4.4 trillion.”
Did House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) outfox the president? “President Barack Obama called top lawmakers to the White House for a meeting Tuesday, even as House Republicans edged closer to a real government shutdown Friday if the GOP’s demands for domestic spending cuts are not immediately met. A draft bill being prepared by the House Appropriations Committee on Monday night would put the Defense Department on permanent footing through the end of this fiscal year but require $12 billion in new cuts as the price for keeping domestic agencies and the State Department operating another week.” I mean, are Obama, the Senate Democrats and the House freshmen willing to shut down the government and stop paying the troops over the difference between $33 billion and $51 billion in spending cuts when we’re going to be debating trillions in cuts on the 2012 budget?
Did Libya demonstrate why Hillary Clinton should challenge Obama in 2012? John Phillips writes, “The military action in Libya is Team Hillary’s ‘I told you so’ moment . . . with Hillary serving as the realistic, aggressive war hawk and Obama being a not-ready-for-prime-time waffler. . . . If Libya turns into a full blown disaster . . . resulting in billions of dollars wasted, boots on the ground and abysmal public opinion numbers, my money is on Hillary resigning her post as secretary of State and jumping in the 2012 primary.” And really, is she going to preside over the unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state? Now, there’s an issue worth taking a stand over.
Did Republicans suddenly get an injection of fiscal smarts and political courage? Seems so. A small example: “Congressional Republicans are moving aggressively to wind down mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but they face resistance not only from Democrats, but members of their own party who fear rapid elimination of the two entities would destabilize the fragile housing market. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and House Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, introduced identical bills in the House and Senate that would end the government conservatorship of Fannie and Freddie within five years.”
Did Jeffrey Toobin make up stuff in attacking the Supreme Court? Yup. Mark Hemingway has the goods.
Did Americans learn to love ObamaCare? Nope. Libertarian Megan McArdle writes: “Obamacare not only hasn’t gotten more popular, but is now showing a record gap between favorables and unfavorables. . . . Most progressives and Democratic strategists assumed that once you got this thing passed, it would essentially become another sacred cow like Medicare and Social Security. But those programs weren’t unpopular when they passed. This was. Does that change the political calculus?” (h/t Glenn Reynolds)