Like Jay Carney, Media Matters has a really bad day. Huffington Post: “The DoJ’s actions are simply not the sort of thing that anyone who works in the journalism or media industry are likely to defend. Or so I thought, until I found out today that Media Matters For America has prepared a set of talking points for people who maybe want to see the whole matter from the point of view of the agency that improperly surveilled journalists in a free society underpinned by First Amendment protections. Which is wack, plain and simple.” Read the whole thing, including Media Matters’ excuse.
The Muslim Brotherhood may be atrocious, but the secular opposition might not be hopeless as some thought. “Permanent Muslim Brotherhood control of Egypt and a steady decline in respect for civil liberties are not inevitable, but we help make them so if we abandon our role in supporting the principles of liberal democracy.”
I cherish the Second Amendment as much as the next person but this sounds like an awful idea. “Activist Adam Kokesh has asked 1,000 people to march across the Potomac on July 4 carrying loaded rifles.”
Unlike 2007 when the right uniformly viewed immigration reform as horrible, a key segment of the right no longer views immigration reform with horror. This, from a Baptist outlet, is typical: “As support for immigration reform continues to grow among Southern Baptists and other evangelical Christians, Frank Page said in a recent speech that the U.S. stands ‘at a crossroad of opportunity’ for dealing justly with the nation’s undocumented immigrants. Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee, spoke at a ‘New American Generation Conference’ at North Greenville University’s Turner Chapel. Alberto Gonzales, who served as attorney general under President George W. Bush, was keynote speaker for the event.”
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) says something is rotten in the administration. “This is not just limited to the I.R.S. This is a culture of intimidation, a willingness to play hardball politics against your political opponents . . . [What] we have going on now is a culture of hardball politics and intimidation which is unacceptable and should be chilling to every member of this body, Republican and Democrat. This is unacceptable behavior. But this is what you get when an administration is all about politics. This administration is a 365-days-a-year, year-round political campaign. Every issue is a political campaign leading up to the election and even now, every issue is a wedge. Few times in the history of this country has anyone used this office to drive more wedges among the American people than this president and this administration. And so yes, this is the culture that’s been created. ‘They’re bad and we’re good. Our enemies are bad people.'” Watch the whole thing.
A catastrophic series of events for the people who thought Obama was a “beacon.” Reuters: “Once a beacon, Obama under fire over civil liberties.”
It’s been a harrowing week for Hillary Clinton as well. National Journal observes that “by being so closely tied to Obama, she could reap some blowback if any of these scandals metastasize. If they do, Democratic voters may be looking for a fresher face, someone who has spent less time in Washington.” Moreover, if her excuse is perpetually being clueless, it sort of undercuts the rationale for promoting her.