Oof. “It remains baffling how anyone would think that Hillary Clinton (born the same year as me) is our party’s best chance. She has more sooty baggage than a 90-car freight train. And what exactly has she ever accomplished — beyond bullishly covering for her philandering husband? She’s certainly busy, busy and ever on the move — with the tunnel-vision workaholism of someone trying to blot out uncomfortable private thoughts.”

The Capitol Building (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

Bam. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), chairman of House Foreign Affairs Committee subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa: “By reinstating these four individuals, Secretary Kerry is absolving them of all responsibility for the lack of security and leadership in Benghazi that ultimately resulted in the deaths of four brave Americans by terrorists. If these four individuals are not at least partly responsible for the tragic events in Benghazi last year, then who at State is, and why has no one been held accountable?”

Ugh. The Obama economy: “[T]hree out of four of the nearly 1 million hires this year are part-time and many of the jobs are low-paid. Faltering economic growth at home and abroad and concern that President Barack Obama’s signature health care law will drive up business costs are behind the wariness about taking on full-time staff, executives at staffing and payroll firms say. Employers say part-timers offer them flexibility. If the economy picks up, they can quickly offer full-time work. If orders dry up, they know costs are under control. It also helps them to curb costs they might face under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.”

Ouch. “David Michael Miranda, [Glenn] Greenwald’s partner, was detained at Heathrow Airport for nine hours of questioning and his electronic equipment was confiscated before he was released without charge. . . . What a scandal: the British authorities are trying to seize back secrets that had been unlawfully pilfered by [Edward] Snowden and then published . . . It is doubtful whether the British move actually did much to stop Snowden’s slow-motion campaign to cripple the electronic-intelligence gathering capabilities of the U.S. and its allies; Snowden and his confederates appear to be canny enough to stash multiple copies of his stolen documents in various places. But it’s hard to blame the Brits for trying.”

Umm. “HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius acknowledged yesterday that some in her agency might not know much about the health care law if they don’t work on it every
day. In an agency-wide email on Monday, she summarized the law’s basic
components and invited employees to sign up for a webinar about the health
insurance marketplaces. They can also attend a brown bag lunch where HHS
staffers explain the law.” Hard to throw brown bag lunches for 350 million Americans.

Yikes. “Hundreds of reform advocates recently rallied at the Bakersfield, California, office of Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the House GOP whip. . . .Anti-immigration-reform groups were hard pressed to come up with evidence of similar grassroots fervor for their side. Indeed, many of the examples they cited seemed to show the opposite. . . . Anti-reform groups appear to be canceling events for lack of participation.” That may explain why the loony express has moved on to shutting down the government.

Oops. Letting former dictators out of prison is generally not a good idea. “Egypt’s military-appointed government ordered former President Hosni Mubarak transferred from prison to house arrest late Wednesday after a court said he could no longer legally be held behind bars.”  Well, “legal” is a moving target in Egypt these days.