Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) has got it right. “I am deeply concerned that in the span of one week, Senator [Chuck] Hagel’s views on Iran sanctions have changed multiple times based on public reaction and criticism of his record. I appreciate Senator Hagel’s record of military service, but it is difficult to understand where he stands on many important issues due to constantly changing positions. Saying anything to anyone just to get confirmed is irresponsible and does a disservice to our armed forces and to the entire country.”

U.S. Capitol Congress has yet to come up with a debt ceiling plan (J. Scott Applewhite / AP)

Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly think Sen. Marco Rubio’s immigration plan is on the money. Hannity: ” I think it’s probably the most thoughtful bill that I have heard heretofore.” O’Reilly agrees, “Look, you may know this, and I’ve been very tough on this issue and border security, but it is getting better.  The stats show it is getting better. I think they have a handle on it now, and I like your program. I think it’s fair. So, I want you and President Obama to get on the phone and get this thing so it doesn’t turn into a bloody mess.”

U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Tex.) hits the nail on the head: “The terrorist attack in Algeria, stemming from the continued rise of Al Qaeda in North Africa, should present a renewed call for vigilance to our Intelligence Community and the Department of Homeland Security both at home and abroad.  Al Qaeda’s North African franchises have become emboldened by our timid response to Benghazi, have gained significant wealth by ratcheting up kidnappings for ransom, they use this wealth to fund operations against the West and have reach inside the United States.”

Bull’s-eye. “Pro-immigration reform groups are revving up efforts to force leaders to tackle with legislation amid concerns the issue could get shoved to the sidelines amid other high-profile fights on Capitol Hill. ‘We need some action,’ former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, who served under former President George W. Bush, said Thursday. ‘This is what happens when immigration reform is important, but it’s not the number one issue. You can keep on sort of delaying it because you have to take care of the fiscal cliff, which now looks like it’s going to be a fiscal stairway that goes all the way to the end of the term. … And guns, I think that has surpassed immigration reform on priorities.'”

Veronique de Rugy is on the mark here: “So in a sense this fight over raising the debt ceiling is merely symbolic if Republicans’ greatest demand is nickel-and-dime discretionary spending cuts. Don’t get me wrong, I am all in favor of fighting for any spending cuts. But the real fight is about addressing our long-term problems, which will require significant reform to the drivers of both our spending and debt: Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, and the new health-care entitlement.”

Bingo. “In his most extensive comments to the press since November’s election, Rep. Paul Ryan said he and other GOP leaders were using their annual retreat here to warn Republicans they must understand the ‘realities’ of their weakened position and temper their expectation for what can be achieved. Republicans need to ‘recognize the realities of divided government … and the fiscal deadlines that are approaching,’ the House Budget Committee chairman said, explaining that during the first day of the retreat he was helping to facilitate ‘a conversation among our members about all the fiscal things that are about to occur.’ ”

No kidding. “[Sen. Jeff] Sessions: Jack Lew’s Budget Was ‘Totally Bogus’.”