The best takedown of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) I have seen to date: “His foreign policy worldview is not merely one of opposing U.S. intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan; he believes that America is the provocateur in global activity. His worldview would never allow America to properly defend herself. Now, reasonable people can disagree about this subject (and many know I was once dangerously influenced by the perspective of the isolationists as well). My concern is not Ron Paul’s errors on this subject. My concern is that he has used the freedom movement to generate name recognition and fame, and then through sleight of hand converted the popularity over his limited government rhetoric to promote an agenda of anti-Americanism and military isolationism.” Read the whole thing.

The worst review of our commander in chief comes from those who serve under him: “Americans who currently serve or previously served in the U.S. military are less likely to approve of the job President Obama is doing than are those who have not served in the military, by about 10 percentage points. This approval gap occurs across age groups. For younger, post-draft-era veterans, individuals with certain regional, demographic, or psychographic backgrounds may be more likely to be Republican and more likely to join the military. For older veterans, their service in the military may have led them to a more Republican viewpoint on politics, either during their service or in later years.” Or maybe they think he’s doing a lousy job.

The best President Obama can hope for is a strong recovery in 2012. “Government data released Friday showed consumer spending remains weak, pressured by food and gas prices that [Fed chairman Ben] Bernanke has famously described as ‘transitory.’ That has come on the heels of a miserable week for economic news in manufacturing and jobs. At the same time, the Fed’s zero interest rate policies and quantitative easing programs may have spurred the stock market to a stunning recovery but have done virtually nothing for housing, which has become the elephant in the recovery’s living room.”

Hosni Mubarak may not have been the worst of all worlds for Israel. “ ‘Egypt is having a hard time realizing its sovereignty in Sinai,’ Netanyahu said during a meeting of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. ‘International terror organizations are stirring in Sinai and their presence is increasing due to Sinai’s connection to Gaza.’ ” Maybe we should look into this before writing billion-dollar checks to the new Egyptian government.

The best decision, except, of course, naming Gen. David Petraeus as chairman of the joint chief of staff: “[I]t is hard to argue with the selection of Gen. Martin Dempsey, who was only recently tapped to become army chief of staff. He is a veteran of two combat tours in Iraq and a former acting commander of Central Command who is widely respected for his intellect and his grasp of Middle Eastern complexities. Certainly he is a far better choice than Gen. James Cartwright, the Marine who is the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and was widely seen as the front-runner for the top job until a few weeks ago in spite of his having absolutely no combat experience at a time of war.

The worst GOP presidential nominee since former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole (Thomas Dewey?), Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) tells us: “I’ve never seen anyone as mercilessly and relentlessly attacked as I have seen Sarah Palin in the last couple of years.” Yeah, starting with his own campaign staff.

One of the best on the Weekly Standard Parody page. Read to the end.

The worst of the worst in the Middle East is generally ignored: Why isn’t the arrest and threatened beating of women for driving in Saudi Arabia front-page news?