The New York Times gets hysterical. “The New York Times, hysterical in its criticism of Israel and its prime minister, and increasingly desperate for any deal at all about Iran’s nuclear program, uses an editorial today to call Netanyahu’s opposition to the recent near-deal ‘hysterical.’ Now, we know from several accounts that one of the issues French foreign minister Laurent Fabius raised with John Kerry was the Arak reactor — Iran’s plutonium route to a bomb. Even the Times admits that only a deal that ‘curbs the plutonium program’ is acceptable. … But think of it: The American delegation was willing to accept a deal that did not curb the plutonium program. Iran was free to continue its construction. The French had to take Kerry aside and persuade him to add such a provision. Were our negotiators, led by Wendy Sherman, asleep at the switch?” Just complicit in a phony deal designed to get the administration off the hook.
The House majority leader goes on a tear on Obamacare: “When the Administration finally releases enrollment data at the end of the week, it should not cook the books by conflating people who have enrolled in plans and people who merely placed an item in a shopping cart. Any Amazon shopper would be shocked to learn that placing an item in a shopping cart now constitutes a final decision.”
While many D.C. conservative hardliners have gone bonkers, the GOP governors are sounding very sane. “We’ve reduced the size and cost of government and focused on bringing good business and jobs to the state. We’ve set three records in the last year in terms of capital investments in our state, and this makes a real difference in the lives of not only the people that are unemployed that can find opportunities, but also the young people growing up.”
There’s a reason Senate Democrats are in an uproar. “The Obama administration wants to play down the significance of this delayed launch of the program by emphasizing that the open-enrollment season lasts a full six months, until March 31, 2014. But that’s very misleading. The original October 1 launch was chosen for a reason, which was to give those Americans losing their current individual market insurance plans on January 1, 2014 plenty of time to find and secure a new insurance plan well before December. With October and November lost, the administration is now banking on moving several million Americans through the insurance enrollment system over a two-week period in early December. Beyond that timeframe, it will be nearly impossible to process the enrollments fast enough to prevent breaks in insurance coverage at the beginning of 2014.”
When you get down into Bush polling territory the liberal spin machine goes berserk. “American voters disapprove 54 – 39 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing, his lowest approval rating in any Quinnipiac University national poll since he became president, as even women disapprove 51 – 40 percent, according to a national poll released today.”
Imagine the fit they’d throw if a GOP president tried to meddle with entertainment fare. “When the Obamacare exchanges launched last month, celebrities were out front, with everything from nearly topless #GetCovered tweets from young actresses touting affordable care to Funny or Die videos going viral. But since then, amid mounting bad press on everything from the faulty website to the ‘you can keep it’ controversy, Obamacare has become the punch line instead of the star.” Now, however, Obamacare is getting mocked by everyone from Carrie Underwood to Jon Stewart.
It is a useful reminder as we head into the season where ACLU-types get apoplectic about nativity scenes. “More than two centuries of America’s own remarkable experiment in constitutional self-government demonstrates that the protection of religion is not hopelessly controversial. And the special status accorded to religion by the Constitution does not preclude developing, consistent with the Constitution, protections for other beliefs, practices, and institutions. . . . Religion in America has contributed mightily to realizing the promise of America by inspiring the abolition movement and the civil rights movement. And social scientists have shown that American religious faith correlates highly with civic participation and civic virtue.” Read the whole thing.