Something that works. “[T]he Congressional Budget Office released an updated estimate of how the Senate immigration bill (S. 744) will affect flows of illegal immigration. The report concluded ‘the net inflow would be reduced by between one third and one-half compared with the projected net inflow under current law.’ ”

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

This may work out for the best. As for the failure of the Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt: “[S]urely MB groups and affiliates in Jordan, Morocco, the Gulf, and elsewhere will feel that something went wrong beyond misjudging the Egyptian army. Egyptian MB leaders misjudged everything: their ability to govern, their ability to run the economy, the tolerance of the political system for their efforts to concentrate power, and the willingness of the army and police to give them slack, for example. So other MB groups must rethink, and must conclude that they will have to take more time and win more hearts and minds, not just try to win one election and then seize permanent power.”

A pathway to citizenship works for another conservative favorite politician. “Gov. Scott Walker distanced himself from House Republicans debating a new immigration bill Tuesday by endorsing a path to citizenship for immigrant workers.”

The Obama administration claims to the contrary that it hasn’t been hard at work with Egyptian reformers. “As the Arab world continues to shake, the U.S. has struggled to stay ahead of events. The Egyptian military’s overthrow of Mr. Morsi Wednesday is the latest event to challenge the U.S.’s ability to engage with the Arab world’s largest country. . . . Tamara Cofman Wittes, also a former State Department official, said: ‘The
administration was slow to recognize that Morsi was not governing in a way that was creating conditions for a sustainable democracy.'”

It must be hard work — defending her against an expected unfavorable portrait in a new book. “White House Memo Shows Obama Administration’s Painful Efforts To Defend Valerie Jarrett.” Most people don’t need to distribute talking points to get people to defend them.

Libertarian foreign policy just doesn’t work in the real world. “We live in a dangerous world. It is not enough to protect our liberties from the power of government. They must also be protected by the power of government, from the many enemies who would do us harm. Sensible defenders of civil liberties understand that trade-offs of this sort are both necessary and messy. It is incumbent on us to avoid the allure of treating privacy as an absolute value, on our way to advocating policies that could put us all in danger.” Precisely.

It sure doesn’t work like it was supposed to. “The decision to delay the healthcare law’s employer mandate raised immediate questions about whether the rest of the law can be implemented on time. Republicans seized on the delay to argue that the law is unworkable, and to stoke speculation about delays in other important provisions.”