(J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press) (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

At least there are the GOP governors. “In Washington, they love to talk about things and very little — if anything — gets done. In our states, you’re seeing amazing reforms, whether it’s pension reforms, school choice. You’re seeing taxes being cut, budgets being balanced. You’re seeing private sector jobs being created.”

At least the Iranians are making the case for more exacting sanctions. “Iran’s oil minister said that the country has skirted U.S. sanctions by exporting at least one million barrels of crude oil a day, according to regional media reports. . . . ‘This is a great example of why it is important to keep increasing the economic pressure on Iran,’ said [a] former official. ‘Sanctions are not a wall, but an obstacle course—eventually the Iranians find a way around them. . . . [The] U.S. should stop this piecemeal approach and take all of Iran’s oil off the market for good,’ said the former official.”

At least he’s still in favor of immigration reform; it’s just on the tactics he’s flip-flop-flipped. “[Sen. Marco] Rubio’s statement is not a flip-flop — it is a public acceptance of the way immigration reform will work in the House and not a repudiation of immigration reform. For a long time the word ‘comprehensive’ has been a dirty word among Republicans and this is just a loud public statement by a pro-reform Senator — arguably the leader of immigration reform this year — moving against that word and the strategy it represents. Piecemeal bills were going to be the strategy in the House — as has been known for months. There is no surprise here. But his change is purely strategic, and not very substantive.” Still, it doesn’t inspire confidence.

At least someone is helping Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.). It just happens to be the Senate Conservatives Fund, which is pouring money into the GOP primary to trash the most competitive candidate. “Landrieu’s camp can take a vacation for now; she has an unwitting stalking horse – or a Useful Idiot, if you prefer – doing her dirty work for her. It just doesn’t seem like a well-thought-out move. And it makes for a more difficult effort in getting Landrieu out of the way.” Read the whole thing.

At least she apologized. “Ms. Tavenner, the administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said that ‘nearly 700,000 applications have been submitted to the federal and state marketplaces’ in the last four weeks. But she repeatedly refused to say how many of those people had actually enrolled in health insurance plans since the federal and state marketplaces, or exchanges, opened on Oct. 1.”

At least they can go to Texas. “If states decide to stay the course of big government, Texas offers residents and industries tired of high taxes and big government the option to pursue their dreams in a place where they’re free to excel.”

At least we were winning when President George W. Bush left office. “The news out of Iraq is, once again, exceedingly grim. The resurrection of al Qaeda in Iraq — which was on the ropes at the end of the surge in 2008 — has led to a substantial increase in ethno-sectarian terrorism in the Land of the Two Rivers. The civil war next door in Syria has complicated matters greatly, aiding the jihadists on both sides of the border and bringing greater Iranian involvement in Mesopotamia. And various actions by the Iraqi government have undermined the reconciliation initiatives of the surge that enabled the sense of Sunni Arab inclusion and contributed to the success of the venture.  . . . This is not a road that Iraqis had to travel. Indeed, by the end of the surge in 2008, a different future was possible.”