Immigration reform not dead yet. “Bob Goodlatte said the immigration issue needs to be solved and work is happening behind the scenes toward that goal. Goodlatte, R-Va., said members of his committee are working on four bills to address various aspects of the immigration system, in addition to four that the committee already has approved. He didn’t elaborate on the bills in the works, but he and others have previously discussed legislation to grant work visas to lower-skilled workers, as well as a bill to give immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as kids an ‘earned path to citizenship,’ as he described it Thursday.”

Forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. (Rami Bleible/Reuters) Forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. (Rami Bleible/Reuters)

Annul? Oslo has been dead for some time now. Israel Deputy Defense Minister Danny Dayon: “The Oslo process did not bring peace; it brought increased bloodshed. We must end this farce by announcing the immediate suspension of the accords. . . . The dissolution of the Oslo Accords would serve as the official act validating what we already know — that this failed framework is totally irrelevant in 2013. Once the Palestinians were ready to sit down and seriously discuss how our two peoples, through this new paradigm, could live side by side in peace and prosperity, they would find willing partners across the political spectrum in Israel.”

Michael Medved is dead on: “Rather than confronting these incontestable realities, too many conservatives choose to embrace the role of sure losers. To use a military analogy, there is no glory in charging recklessly up a hill when you know your forces will be mowed down by enemy fire before reaching the top. Glory comes in making the
enemy lose. The GOP shouldn’t pursue noble defeat while standing on principle.
You build momentum for a movement by achieving legislative victories, not by
racking up high-profile losses.” Well, unless the goal is to make yourself a high-profile martyr.

As an accurate predictor of the presidential nominee, a straw poll more than three years before the first primary has to rate dead last. “Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul won a 2016 presidential straw poll of Republican leaders and activists attending their biennial leadership conference this weekend.” Oh, and he was the keynote speaker.

GOP shutdown squad is dead in the water. ” I think the Boehner speech was what you would expect. He didn’t want to do it and he had to do it and so he had to defend it, and that is kabuki. I think it’s going to go to the Senate and if we end up with a shutdown, it is going to be kamikaze, and the Republicans will end up sushi. Very thin slices. And everybody knows this, this is sort of a charade.  Cruz is going to get a lot of airtime, he’s gotten a huge amount of airtime. There is nowhere to go on this.”

Any worthwhile Iran deal is likely dead due to the Syria debacle. “A successful negotiation would be one in which exchange for our slowly but steadily removing the sanctions Iran would give up its search for a nuclear weapon. It would stop enriching uranium. Stop adding centrifuges. Stop trying to go the other route which is the plutonium route. Stop building experimenting with building warheads so that they would be further away from a nuclear weapon instead of getting closer and closer every month. The problem is we did a deal with Russia on Syria that’s a mess. We did the deal. It is already unraveling. It looks like it can’t be implemented. Our leverage is reduced because we blinked at the moment of using military force.”

As the number of dead and injured mount in the horrible attack at a mall in Kenya, you wonder if the Obama team recognizes it is the West, not al-Qaeda that is back on its heels. Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.): “This shows, I think, the really growing influence of al Qaeda in Africa. We have al-Shabab now in Somalia going off into Kenya, carrying out an attack outside of its own country. For years the State Department did not want to declare al-Shabab a terrorist organization because they thought it was just focusing on tribal issues within Somalia. Now we see by attacking Kenya, they certainly have an international dimension to them.”

And more dead Christians in a Muslim country, an increasingly common event. ” A suicide attack on a historic Christian church in northwestern Pakistan killed at least 78 people on Sunday in one of the deadliest attacks on the Christian minority in Pakistan in years.”