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

Rich Lowry or Tina Brown? “This thing [Obamacare] is like a big, encrusted ball of mess.”

The Los Angeles Times or the Wall Street Journal editorial page? “Why can’t he run the government as well as he ran his campaign? What with the IRS targeting of tea party groups; the poor security at the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya; the eavesdropping on close allies; and the botched rollout of the landmark healthcare law, Obama increasingly seems to be battling top-level management failures as much as policy or political problems. On each of these controversies, Obama has claimed ignorance before the fact and outrage afterward, leaving even some Democrats to see him as asleep at the wheel.”

Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) or Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Employment Non-Discrimination Act?: “This legislation raises the federal standards to match what we have come to expect [back home], which is that discrimination must not be tolerated under any circumstance.”

Liz Cheney or Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)? “Here are legitimate questions and concerns that have to be answered about what the NSA has been doing.”

Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) or Ambassador Ryan Crocker? “The Iranians were constructive, pragmatic and focused, at one point they even produced an extremely valuable map showing the Taliban’s order of battle just before American military action began. They were also strong proponents of taking action in Afghanistan. . . . We forged agreements on various security issues and coordinated approaches to reconstruction. And then, suddenly, it all came to an end when President George W. Bush gave his famous “Axis of Evil” speech in early 2002. The Iranian leadership concluded that in spite of their cooperation with the American war effort, the United States remained implacably hostile to the Islamic Republic.”

The Republican Jewish Coalition or the Simon Wiesenthal Center? “The only hope of stopping the [Iranian nuclear weapons] program in the eleventh hour, is the threat of an even more powerful sanctions program, already approved by the US House of Representatives.”

Morocco or the Netherlands? “The draft laws being floated . . . . would therefore fit well within evolving international norms, by initially restricting legalization to industrial and medical uses only. Recreational users may have to wait a little longer before they can smoke in peace, but as developments in the United States have revealed, allowing legalization for medicinal use often leads to increased tolerance of recreational use and difficulties in policing non-medicinal users.”