Ouch. “Republicans might still take the Senate next year. They are lucky that control depends on state-by-state contests, and not on voters’ weighing whether they think the party should run the Senate — or has the capacity to do it.”

President Obama speaks by telephone with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.<br />(Pete Souza for the White House via Agence France-Press) President Obama speaks by telephone with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
(Pete Souza for the White House via Agence France-Presse)

Oof. “For serious politicians like [House Speaker John] Boehner and Paul Ryan, who want to preserve the G.O.P.’s rapidly diminishing chances of winning the Senate in next year’s midterms (and the White House in 2016), the message of the polling data couldn’t be clearer: whatever attendees at events like the Values Voter Summit and contributors to conservative Web sites such as Red State may think, it’s time for the G.O.P. to stop committing hara-kari.”

Yikes. “Maybe the federal government should have stayed shut down. If it had, then we wouldn’t have to pick through the lousy September jobs report for some good news. And it isn’t easy.”

Wow. “The fact that the Turks and Saudis are acting as they are suggests that they hold U.S. foreign policy in growing contempt and have less regard than in the past for America’s influence in the region. That is part of the damage that the Obama administration has wrought–damage that will take years to undo, assuming a more tough-minded leader is elected in 2016.”

Blech. “Al Jazeera America is meant to increase Qatari influence and showcase Qatar as a progressive nation. But we should not forget the poet who has received a fifteen year sentence for the lines he wrote in 2011.”

Yuck. “The [Iranian] military leader’s pointed remarks [about not acquiescing in nuclear talks] are a sign that despite targeted leaks to the press about supposed progress in the talks, Iran remains opposed to giving in to the West when it comes to the key issue of enrichment. Western leaders praised Iran when the most recent round of talks came to an end last week.” It’s almost like the Obama administration is going along with the charade.

Ow. “What we [South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and other GOP governors] are going to do is we’re going to be great in spite of Washington. The governors in our states understand that we don’t have time to whine and complain.”