Really? Sen. Chuck Schumer declares, “We Democrats have always intended to do a budget this year.”

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Bluntly put by Condi Rice: “The Republican party certainly has to stop turning off large segments of the population. It’s not a strategy to keep hoping that parts of the population don’t turn out. You’ve got to simply broaden.”

Honestly, they should learn to expect very little from this administration. “France is increasingly upset by what it sees as limited Obama administration support for the war it is waging in Mali against al Qaeda militants, as well as a U.S. demand that Paris foot the bill for any Air Force transport flights, French officials familiar with the matter said over the weekend.”

Frankly, there’s been no better recruiter for the National Rifle Association than President Obama. “As Washington prepares for a political battle over the Obama White House’s proposals to curb gun violence after the Newtown, Conn., shootings, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that the National Rifle Association is more popular than the entertainment industry.”

Candidly, people don’t care all that much. “Officials in the District of Columbia are lowering their turnout projections for President’s Obama’s second inauguration.”

Truthfully, he has virtually no understanding and likes it better when he can make them into caricatures. “Obama doesn’t seem to know what Republicans want, who they are, how they vote, what motivates them, or how he factors into the equation during tough fiscal negotiations.” This explains in part why he is such a dreadful negotiator.

Surely, Obama will weed out any independent thinkers who push for projecting U.S. force. Marine Corps hero James Mattis. “A particular point of disagreement was what to do about mischief Iran is exporting to other countries. Mattis is indeed more hawkish on this than the White House was. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon in particular was irked by Mattis’s insistence on being heard. I cringe when I hear about civilians shutting down strategic discussions. . . . In his dealings with the White House, Mattis also tried to change the strategic framework, insisting that we need to plan not just for what we assumed Iran might do, but also for what Iran was capable of doing. I am told this was not a welcome thought.” Yeah, the last thing this crew wants to hear is some serious strategic thinking.