Who and what are gaining traction?

Secretary of State John Kerry Secretary of State John Kerry gestures during a statement on the situation in Egypt. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

UP: Secretary of State John Kerry.

DOWN: President Obama (in polls, on Syria, standing with the left)

UP: “Better to act sooner than later in foreign policy since options narrow.”

DOWN: Foreign policy dithering.

UP: American unilateralism.

DOWN: The “international community”

UP: Defending U.S. interests in the Middle East.

DOWN: “A decade of war is ending.”

UP: Repealing the sequester.

DOWN: Sending the military to attack without adequate funds.

UP: George W. Bush.

DOWN: The United Nations.

UP: Martin Luther King Jr.

DOWN: Self-serving speeches about Martin Luther King Jr.

UP: U.S. hard power.

DOWN: A world without WMDs.

UP: Letting Democrats deal with unworkable Obamacare.

DOWN: Shutting down the government.