House Republicans get it right. Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) enjoys the moment on no budget/no pay: “With the passage of this bill today, it’s pretty clear that we’re sending a message to the Democrat-controlled Senate that it’s time to do your job. … The principal I think is pretty simple: no budget, no pay.”
House Republicans are right that process matters. “A return to some regular order legislating would give them a chance to advance their agenda and restrain the Democrats because more decisions might be made in the one forum in which the two parties are evenly matched — the House-Senate conference committee — while the president would be kept at arm’s length from the legislative process and would be left a little weaker and less relevant. If the House were to force that return to regular order by doing its job and shaming the Senate into doing its own, it could more easily answer the charge that the House is chaotic and crazy. And if the Senate is forced to actually legislate, vulnerable Democrats could not so easily escape their party’s unpopular policy agenda.” Read the whole thing.
I’m not sure Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) is right; Hillary Clinton’s record on responding to terrorism threats hasn’t been great. “Cotton to Hillary: ‘I just wish you had won the Dem primary in 2008.’ ” (But then again she likely would not have been as hostile toward Israel.)
You do wonder if President Obama is getting the right counsel. He seems to have been ignorant of this: “Afghan rural areas will be at greater risk of falling to the Taliban if the U.S. accedes to Kabul’s demands to speed up the withdrawal of special-operations teams working with Afghan village self-defense units, an internal report prepared for the U.S. military warned.” It really points out how important unpoliticized military advice is. Oh. wait.
Liberals never get this right. The Senate’s majority party never really wants filibuster reform: “Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.), a leading liberal, said Wednesday Democrats do not have enough votes to implement the talking-filibuster reform.” Same thing happened after the 2010 election. We correctly anticipated filibuster reform would collapse then, too.
Israel is heading for a center-right coalition, an arrangement that pleases Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, no doubt. “Yesh Atid head Yair Lapid quashed any talk of forming a blocking majority to keep Benjamin Netanyahu from staying on as prime minister Wednesday night, expressing hope that he would work together with Netanyahu in the future. Lapid, speaking to the press outside his Tel Aviv home Wednesday night, seemed to indicate that he would be open to joining a Netanyahu ruling coalition as a senior member.” Now Netanyahu can make progress on sticky domestic issues and enjoy broad support on national security.
Was it really the right move to give them F-16s? “Is ‘Insulting the President’ a crime? How about converting to Christianity? Both are crimes in Egypt today. . . .Hosni Mubarak invoked the law in only four cases in all his thirty years ruling Egypt. King Farouk, who ruled for sixteen years, invoked it only 7 times. But Mohammed Morsi, who has ruled for only 200 days, has already won the prize by invoking it in 24 cases.”