Sen. Rand Paul’s “Southern Avenger” aide tried to expunge past columns. His former editor cries foul: “It was a denial of the very views that had made him a local media celebrity and a rising star in the so-called liberty movement, and as such, a slap in the face to all those who had ever supported him. It was best, I said, that if those points of views no longer applied to him, Jack should pen a column detailing how he had changed his mind, but he declined. And frankly, that told me all I needed to know about Jack’s conversion. It was solely for appearances only. It was not heartfelt. It was not true. It was simply to protect his boss, Rand Paul, as he plots a path to the White House in 2016.”
Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) isn’t going to be able to eliminate the source of his problem: Support for Obamacare. “Mark Pryor must be up for reelection in 2014, otherwise how else can he explain his sudden shift in opposition to the much-maligned Independent Payment Advisory Board, more famously known as IPAB?”
The vestiges of Egyptian democracy were exterminated one by one. “Perhaps no American has a more personal understanding of this complicated and grim situation than Robert Becker. Not long before the coup, Becker — a former employee of the National Democratic Institute, whose offices were raided by the authorities while the organization was monitoring Egypt’s first parliamentary elections — was convicted and sentenced by an Egyptian court to two years of hard labor.” Read the whole thing.
Eradicating the administration’s prior position. “Bashar Assad will never again rule ‘all of Syria,’ White House spokesman Jay Carney said Thursday, apparently suggesting that the Obama administration may resolve itself to an indefinite stalemate in the 28-month-old conflict. The administration has repeatedly said it wants Assad to go, and Carney reiterated Thursday that ‘Syria’s future and its hope lies in a post-Assad government that respects the rights of all of its people.’ But he repeatedly suggested that Assad may retain some form of control over parts of the country.”
House Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) extinguishes the notion that the GOP will stand pat on immigration reform. “On Thursday, Speaker John Boehner gave a sliver of fresh insight into his thinking about immigration reform, saying he thinks legislation will pass the House before Congress has to wrestle with the debt ceiling. . . .Boehner wouldn’t rule out the possibility of passing a comprehensive bill at some point.”
Do-nothing placeholders may be endangered. Liz Cheney: “I’m running because I believe it is necessary for a new generation of leaders to step up to the plate. I’m running because I know as a mother and as a patriot that we can no longer afford simply to go along to get along.”
Too many have tried to eradicate the inconvenient episode in Teddy Kennedy’s life, the killing of a young woman. “The one-car mishap was Teddy Kennedy’s fault, of course, no one disputes that. And his actions that followed – not summoning emergency personnel who might have saved her life, the cover-up of the facts, not even reporting the accident until the following morning – likely would have landed a man without political connections in prison. That thought has stuck in the craw of Kennedy critics and assorted conservatives for forty years. It was heartbreaking for her family and friends to experience the loss of a lovely, devout, and socially committed 28-year-old woman. For millions of Americans who never knew her, the tragic incident has fed a festering cultural grudge.”