Sober. “Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger said Wednesday that if Republicans went forward with a plan supported by some conservatives to defund Obamacare in an upcoming vote they would lose the House of Representatives to Democrats in the 2014 midterm elections.”

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Sane. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: “I think we have some folks who believe that our job is to be college professors. Now college professors are fine I guess. Being a college professor, they basically spout out ideas that nobody does anything about. For our ideas to matter we have to win. Because if we don’t win, we don’t govern.”

Sensible. He doesn’t have any clue what to do so why not? “After condemning Egyptian violence, it’s back to golf for vacationing Obama.”

Sound analysis. President Obama winds up pleasing no one, as is common these days. On the National Security Agency surveillance programs: “Republicans want Obama to defend the programs more vigorously. Many Democrats want him to dramatically curtail surveillance. The president, for now, is hoping to buy time with soothing non sequiturs about ‘additional confidence’ and ‘additional safeguards.’ The debate is here to stay. Obama is now the central figure that he, possibly for the first time ever, never wanted to be. Snowden’s leaks shoved Obama on the surveillance center stage. Act One is over. Obama’s looking for better writers during intermission, before Act Two.”

Rational. “Rep. Peter Welch (D., Vt.) said the U.S. needed to immediately cancel aid to Egypt Thursday on MSNBC’s Martin Bashir, saying the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi was undoubtedly a coup and supporting the military was ‘completely unacceptable.’ ”

Understandable. You don’t go attacking the White House if you want the U.S. to do nothing. You go after those exposing Bashar al-Assad’s brutality and urging support for the rebels. “The Washington Post’s Web site was disrupted Thursday morning by a hacker group sympathetic to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that apparently launched a coordinated wave of attacks on American news outlets.”

Reasonable. They don’t like the economy any more than the rest of us. “In June, 76 percent of Democrats said they approved of Obama’s handling of the economy, compared to just 63 percent in August. That 13-point drop  in approval is almost double Obama’s 7-point drop among independents (from 36 percent to 29 percent), and more than six times greater than the two-point approval drop among Republicans (from 11 percent to 9 percent).” And the left, with the election over and peeved about the NSA, has less reason to defend him — even to pollsters.