That’s a relief. “Good news: Traditional conservative doesn’t mean ‘nativist’”

That’s typical. “The second-worst mistake the United States could make today would be to abandon the moderates; the worst mistake would be to cozy up to the Islamists and treat them as friends. It appears that we are making both mistakes right now, and that this will be a central feature of Obama’s policies in his second term.”

That’s a disaster (for Susan Rice): “Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R., N.H.) and Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) emphasized they were more concerned today about the administration narrative and Ambassador Rice than they were before the meeting. ‘I’m more convinced than ever that it was bad, it was unjustified, to give the scenario presented by Ambassador Rice and President Obama three weeks before an election,’ Graham said.”

That’s bizarre. “On Sunday, a truck filled with money was delivered to Gaza from Israel. That a large vehicle was needed for the transport was already a given. Not only does $13.5 million in cash take up a lot of space, but the procedure itself has been going on monthly for years. The earmark for the dollars is the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East. To be more specific, it is supposed to cover the salaries of the UNRWA employees stationed in Gaza. This is in spite of two facts: that Gaza is run by Hamas, a terrorist organization whose stated aim is to destroy the Jewish state; and that UNRWA never misses an opportunity to blame Israel for the plight of the residents used as human shields by their leaders.” And worse, our tax dollars go to support UNRWA via the United Nations.

That’s debatable. “It seems to me in general to be a mistake to look at across-the-board defeats in contested Senate races and assume that the main problem is that Republicans are picking candidates who, whatever part of the country and party faction they come from, just happen to be lousy. It’s the party’s message that most needs fixing.” Even if you have a message, if you have candidates who want to talk about God and rape they are going to lose. Had Akin shown up, said virtually nothing and not shot himself in the foot he’d have won his seat.

That’s smart. “The GOP shouldn’t be in a hurry to wrap up a deal in December. The party should spend this month finding a formula for averting the January 1 fiscal cliff, and hold off most of the serious negotiations over tax and entitlement reform until 2013. That timing will probably be far more favorable to the GOP than a deal that is struck less than two months after the president’s reelection.”

That’s right. “While vigorous and hard-hitting criticism of political opponents is of the essence of liberal democracy, the president should set a tone that encourages both sides of the aisle to refrain from demonizing their opponents or accusing them of being unpatriotic, or un-American, or leveling any other charge designed not to join issue but to shut down debate. The president should firmly oppose hate crime legislation at home. And his administration should take a strong stand against all efforts at the U.N. and in other international bodies to criminalize blasphemy.” Unfortunately, this is not the president we have.