Chuck Schumer Sen. Chuck Schumer (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

It just gets worse by the day. In an interview with a Nebraska newspaper in 2003, Chuck Hagel said there was no justification for Israel to “keep Palestinians caged up like animals.” Really, Sen. Schumer, this is the guy you want to go to bat for?

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) gets a hand for his immigration reform proposal from Rush Limbaugh: “Well, what you are doing is admirable and noteworthy. You are recognizing reality. You’re trumpeting it, you’re shouting it. My concern is the president wants to change the reality. My concern is the president wants people to believe something that isn’t true is, and that is that you guys are not being truthful of what you say, that you really don’t want an improved life for Hispanics, that you really are still racist. He’s not gonna give that up. Look how far he’s gotten with this so far. You know, it’s an [un]enviable task that you’ve got.” Indeed.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) gets nowhere. “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday declined to voice support for Democratic legislation that would ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips.”

President Obama gets tiresome. First, he blames Republicans. Then he jumps on the bandwagon. Next he tells everyone there has been enough debate and tries to scuttle reasonable compromise. “Both Obama and the senators agree that the nation’s illegal immigrants should be given a chance to legalize and eventually become citizens if they meet certain conditions, but the senators’ bill includes a spate of border security requirements that must go into effect before the immigrants are eligible for green cards. Rubio said on Tuesday that he will not sign onto a bill that does not include these border enforcement triggers.”

No wonder the president gets grief from Republicans. The arrogance is stunning: “If Congress is unable to move forward in a timely fashion, I will send up a bill based on my proposal and insist that they vote on it right away.” (Or he’ll do what, exactly?)

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) gets to the nub of it on Hagel, circulating a document that includes “a litany of flips and flops and twirls and somersaults, the likes of which have rarely been seen… Hagel apparently doesn’t have the courage of his own convictions; only the courage of everybody else’s.” Well, at least we know his old views and the current ones of his supporters are disqualifying for a top national security official.

Women in combat get a thumbs-up from the public. “Sixty-six percent of those polled said they support letting women serve in ground units that engage in close combat, while 26 percent are opposed, according to the survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and the Washington Post.”