Sort of swatting a fly with a cruise missile. “Why Chris Christie should stand up to Sarah Palin.” Let’s all keep in mind: Palin was irrelevant in 2012 and remains so.

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

As a rule, declining invitations to open up the Constitution for a rewrite is wise (For one thing it’s not at all “conservative.”). Rework the government, maybe. Elect better people, certainly.

New Yorkers rejecting the creepy sexting candidate. Latest poll: “Public Advocate Bill de Blasio leads the Democratic race for New York City mayor with 30 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released [Tuesday]. With four weeks to go, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has 24 percent, with 22 percent for former Comptroller William Thompson, 10 percent for former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, 6 percent for Comptroller John Liu, 1 percent for former Council member Sal Albanese and 7 percent undecided.”

Flicking away 4 1/2 years of Obama administration obsession with Israeli housing plans. “Israel’s  announcement of new  settlement construction in disputed areas was ‘expected’ and likely  won’t create a ‘speed bump’ that could derail peace talks with the Palestinians,  according to Secretary of State John Kerry.” It sure makes Hillary Clinton, George Mitchell and the president look silly for insisting a settlement freeze was a precondition for talk, huh?

Enters an adult into the room. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is dismissing shutdown talk. “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told a crowd at a health care forum in Kentucky on Tuesday that while he does not like the president’s health care law, shutting down the government over funding it ‘will not stop’ it from existing. ‘I’m for stopping Obamacare, but shutting down the government will not stop Obamacare,’ McConnell told the audience . . .”

Dispensing with any pretense of moral sanity: “The State Department could not say Tuesday whether the Obama administration considers the prisoners it has pressured Israel to release are guilty of any wrongdoing. Israel is set to release 26 Palestinians Tuesday who have been serving jail sentences for murder and terrorism. Asked whether the administration considers the prisoners to be terrorists, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said, ‘I do not have a position on that.'” Thunk. (If they aren’t guilty of terrorism the Palestinians made a bad deal.)

Masterfully brushing off the notion that derangement is the province of one party. Peter Wehner on Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Tex.), who indulged in birtherism: “The assertion that it is ‘unfortunate’ that the whole birth certificate issue is ‘out of the barn’ and therefore nothing can be done about it is the observation of a fevered mind. And to assert that ‘you could probably get the votes in the House of Representatives’ to impeach President Obama is to pitch one’s tent in the middle of Fantasy Island.” read the whole thing.