Self-fulfilling prophesy department. “The answer to Chuck Todd’s two-day question, asked on ‘Meet the Press,’ ‘Morning Joe,’ and the ‘Daily Rundown,’ of ‘Why is Hillary running so early?’ is ‘Because Chuck Todd is asking, ‘Why is Hillary running so early?’ He posed a query to which he himself was the answer, and it took him three shows to get it.”
Self-help for the economy. “Republican restrictionists keep talking about the fiscal costs of immigration, but they miss the overriding economic benefits. Consider how immigrants are promoting growth and innovation. A new study by the National Foundation for American Policy and the National Venture Capital Association finds that immigrants have helped launch a third of venture-backed companies that have gone public since 2006, including Facebook, LinkedIn and Zipcar. Companies started by immigrants with venture capital employ roughly 600,000 people worldwide and have a $900 billion market cap.”
Self-reflection isn’t a Clinton trait, so she is likely to blame others. “The Obama administration’s Egypt policy has utterly collapsed, and perhaps Clinton has an explanation of her role in the crafting of that policy that puts her in a better light, but if so, it has yet to get much traction. Of course, responsibility for repairing U.S. policy rests with the sitting administration, but the one who would like to shoulder that responsibility next — especially one so closely tied to Obama’s foreign-policy legacy — has got some explaining to do.”
Self-expression, Obama style. “At last: The ObamaCare-fangirlism young adults’ video contest.” The administration better not be counting on much; when the Soviets tried this sort of celebrate-the-government art, they got a lot of ugly buildings and chunky statues.
Self-improvement for the GOP may mean nominating a governor in 2016. Wisconsin’s Scott Walker is pretty sharp. “As governors, as state leaders, we’re more optimistic than our friends in Washington. We’re not just against something, we’re laying out a plan. We’re laying out a vision people gravitate to. That’s how you lead. You don’t just sit back and nick the other side. You’ve got to lay out a plan. We talk in terms that are more relevant. To give you a good example, sequesters. For most people, it goes
right over their head, debt ceilings, fiscal cliffs. We talk about making our kids’ schools better. We talk about balancing our budgets so we can live within our means. We talk about helping our neighbor get a job again. And finally, the third thing, in addition to optimism and relevance, is courage, having the courage to act.”
Self-discipline is lacking, or maybe the whole thing is unworkable. “The CRS, Congress’ non-partisan in-house think tank, compiled 82 deadlines that the Affordable Care Act mandates upon the first three years of its own implementation. Remarkably, it turns out that the White House has missed half of the deadlines legally required by the ACA. And some of those deadlines remain unmet to this day.”
Self-regard with which the Europeans view themselves should be tempered by some nasty trends. “This Leftist-Islamist coalition, centered around hatred of Israel, is a topic we’ve explored here many times in connection with anti-Semitism in Malmö, Sweden, on British campuses, in the BDS movement, in the academic boycott movement, among other places. The fact is that while intellectually one can distinguish anti-Israeli fervor from anti-Semitism, in reality, on the streets of Malmö and Paris, and elsewhere in Europe, they are one and the same.”