Weak. “The Senate will approve the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) this coming week, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) predicted Sunday, but with so many “no” votes that he’ll be an ineffective secretary of Defense. ‘He doesn’t have the confidence of the vast majority of the Senate, which weakens him in that position,’ said Coburn . . . ‘The fact is that in modern times we haven’t had one Defense secretary who’s had more than three votes against him.'”

(J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press) (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)


Unless Iowa Republicans want another weak Senate candidate they should listen to their governor. “Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad wants Tom Latham to be the Republican nominee for Senate. He believes the congressman would be more electable statewide than fellow Rep. Steve King, who is also mulling a run for the seat opened up by Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin’s retirement.”

A pretty weak claim to the “most transparent” administration in history. “Robert Gibbs: As press secretary, I was ordered not to acknowledge the existence of the drone program.”

A weak economy brings a credit downgrade. “At the root of Moody’s decision to downgrade Britain’s credit rating is a crucial economic reality: Britain has begun to trail its peers in Europe — even bailed-out euro zone economies — when it comes to bringing down its budget deficit and making it attractive for foreigners to buy its exports.” We should be paying attention.

The sequester hysterics math is weak. George Will : “The actual trillion-dollar number itself is wrong . . .  the actual spending cut will be $44 billion in this fiscal year. That’s less than Congress shoveled at the door this year ostensibly to help the victims of super storm Sandy.”

The argument for excluding GOProud is extremely weak. “MSNBC host and liberal writer Chris Hayes jumped into the conservative debate over gay rights when he announced Saturday that he will not be accepting an invitation to speak at the conservative CPAC conference unless the conference allows the gay conservative group, GOProud, to participate. GOProud welcomed the strange-bedfellows support. ‘We certainly have lots of political differences with Chris Hayes, but we appreciate him doing the good and right thing in refusing to be a part of rank bigotry,’ Jimmy LaSalvia, GOProud’s executive director, told BuzzFeed.” Indeed.

The GOP isn’t as weak as the MSM would like you to believe. “Today, every news story about the Republican Party deals with how it is working to improve itself while Democrats are in the position that most winning parties come to be in — one of complacency. And it is precisely that ‘winner’s mentality’ — the idea that one doesn’t need to do anything to improve — that usually is a party’s downfall in future elections.” Read the whole thing.