Down the stretch Israel may be the most reliable friend they have. “Speaking of the attack in Arabic media this morning, Syrian opposition members could hear scarcely contain their elation. The Syrian opposition, of course, isn’t exactly coordinating its activity with Israel. Still, hardly any rebels would shed a tear if the Israel Air Force continues to hit Assad’s military targets. Nonetheless, the rebels will doubtless try to fit the latest strike into their narrative of Assad’s army as a pathetic militia shrinking from a fight with the Israelis.”

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

Ken Cuccinelli comes out of the gate in first. But it’s a long race. “Six months before Election Day, Cuccinelli (R) has a slender 46 to 41 percent edge over McAuliffe (D) among all Virginia voters and a significant 51 to 41 percent lead among those who say they’re certain to cast ballots in November. But those numbers may change before then: The poll found that barely 10 percent say they are following the campaign ‘very closely’ and that nearly half of the electorate says they’re either undecided or could change their minds.”

With the front-runner fading, he’s gone negative, pathetically so: “Republican U.S. Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez is calling on his Massachusetts opponent, Democratic Rep. Ed Markey, to take down a web video showing him on screen with Osama bin Laden. ‘Career Politician Ed Markey has started his campaign with a textbook despicable political attack to attempt to connect me with Osama bin Laden in the minds of voters,’ Gomez said Saturday.”

The are neck and neck, but no one seems all that thrilled with the choices. ” A new poll has Republican former Gov. Mark Sanford and Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch tied in their Low country congressional race. The survey done on behalf of GOP-leaning Red Racing Horses website has the race closer than the 9 percentage point lead that Colbert held in a poll from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling last week.”

Really, isn’t it time for him to be disqualified from polite company and for his utterances to be discounted? “On May 2, Lawrence Wilkerson, a close confidant of Colin Powell who served as chief-of-state during Powell’s tenure as secretary of state, raised eyebrows when he told Current TV that reports of Syrian chemical weapons use might have been an Israeli ‘false flag operations.’ . . . Wilkerson was a source for journalists not only after [Colin] Powell retired from government, but also during his tenure. The only difference was before 2005 he would speak on background, while after 2005 he would let his hatred for anyone with whom he disagreed shine through. That Wilkerson is a fabulist that prioritizes polemic over truth should be readily clear as his outbursts become increasingly bizarre.”

When pols began to jockey on the Sunday shows about the latest Benghazi news, I didn’t expect a leading Democrat to concede that the infamous talking points were “scrubbed.” Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) of the House Oversight Committee talking about the talking points document: “Well, it was scrubbed. It was totally inaccurate. You’re absolutely right. There’s no excuse for that. It was false information. And what they try to do is harmonize what happened in Benghazi with what happened everywhere else across the Middle East.” Wow.

Odds are that he’s delighted being the recipient of the wackos’ anger. “Republican New Jersey governor Chris Christie released a video Friday on his official Youtube account in which he smashes a spider with his fist while surrounded by schoolchildren, prompting criticism from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).”

This is lame: “How Syria Ruined the Arab Spring.” The Arab Spring ruined the Arab Spring.