The cost of doing nothing. “There were very few foreign fighters in Syria when the rebellion began two years ago, so the growth of the jihadi groups is one of the costs of the long, slow war and the slaughter of tens of thousands of Sunni civilians by Assad’s forces. Because the jihadi groups continue to grow day by day, bringing the war to a close and getting Assad out is an important goal. But the genie is out of the bottle, at least for many European countries. Hundreds of trained jihadis will now be returning ‘home’ — to European countries in which they hold citizenship and whose languages they speak.”

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

The cost of living in liberal ghettos — unawareness of the views of millions of Americans — requires explaining to Huffington Post readers that “the largely undiscussed aspect of the current gay marriage moment is that there is a significant number of Americans who continue to disagree with gay marriage or simply with condoning homosexuality within their faith community, and their views are more deeply held than many likely realize.” Undiscussed?! Well, unless you talk to evangelicals.

The cost to ex-governor Mark Sanford of hiking on the Appalachian Trail: “Conservative leader James Dobson and Concerned Women for America PAC endorsed Curtis Bostic in the April 2 Republican runoff.”

Anti-gay biogtry is beginning to cost conservative pols. GOProud: “Grassroots conservative activists in Michigan have called on RNC National Committeeman Dave Agema to resign after Agema expressed extreme anti-gay sentiments on Facebook.”

Pols afraid to support immigration reform for fear it will cost them with voters should think again. In a new Pew poll: “Seventy-one percent said illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay, against 27 percent who said they should not be allowed to remain in the country. However, proponents of allowing illegal immigrants to stay are split on how that should be accomplished. Forty-three percent said they should be eligible for citizenship, 24 percent said they should be limited to permanent residency and 4 percent were unsure how it should be accomplished.”

Even a loss in the Supreme Court on the 14th Amendment won’t cost gay marriage proponents much. The tide in their direction is overwhelming: “We’re now at the point where embracing federalism — letting states rather than the Supreme Court decide the issue — defines the most reliably conservative position. Republicans who support same-sex marriage, from former Vice President Richard Cheney to Senator Rob Portman, (thankfully) aren’t in danger of excommunication. In fact, I know of almost no critic of gay marriage who relishes talking about the issue.”

Liz Cheney says there should be a cost to the president for his supreme irresponsibility. “Al Qaeda is resurgent across the Middle East. President Obama stood by and did nothing when its affiliates in Libya killed the U.S. ambassador and three other brave Americans in Benghazi on the anniversary of 9/11. Then he and his administration misled the American people about the attack. Today, more than six months later, no one has been held to account. The clear message of this episode to America’s enemies around the world is: Attack us with impunity. You will suffer no consequences. In the face of this reality, it is time for Republicans to get over their loss in 2012. We are all that stands between this president’s policies and a damaged and diminished America. It is time to get back in the fight.”