But with less finesse. “John McCain Thinks John Kerry Is a ‘Human Wrecking Ball.’ ”
A deft response to Kerry’s accusation that sanctions would set them on the “march to war”: “A bipartisan group of 63 House lawmakers are calling on the Senate to ‘act swiftly’ in the passage of a new round of Iran sanctions that have been heavily opposed by the White House. The letter, addressed to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R.-Ky.), maintains that despite ongoing negotiations with the West, ‘the objective of the Iranian regime remains the same: the pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability.’ . . . Only the passage of a new round of sanctions will convince Iran to end its nuclear activities, according to the letter, which was spearheaded by Reps. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) and Michael McCaul (R-Texas). The letter comes just days after the Obama administration launched a full-court press to persuade its Democratic allies to block a new Iran sanctions bill currently waiting Senate approval.”
There will be a lot of tactful “no” responses to invites to campaign with him in 2014. Thanks to Obama’s meltdown, Michigan may be in play. “Republicans don’t need to win Michigan to get the majority in the Senate, but the Wolverine State could become a serious takeover target later next year.”
Obama wasn’t very adept at heading this off. Maybe the press conference made things worse. “Senate Democrats are still considering legislation to repair President Barack Obama’s broken Obamacare promise, despite the White House plans for an administrative fix. Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.) still want to see votes on their separate, alternative proposals aimed at helping Americans who lost insurance plans. Several of the other Democrats who are up for reelection in 2014 want to vote on a legislative fix, too.”
To put it delicately, not even Jimmy Carter was this bad. “Does Obama’s Credibility Matter? Ask Jimmy Carter.”
The less subtle version is “Obama made things worse.” “Currently, 73% of Democrats, 39% of independents, and 8% of Republicans approve of the healthcare law. Approval is down at least marginally among all three groups since Gallup’s last update in late October. . . . More recently, President Barack Obama has had to respond to charges that he misled Americans when he repeatedly said those who liked their current insurance plans could keep them. Many insured Americans are now being dropped from their health plans, perhaps because the plans do not meet the minimum requirements for coverage mandated by the healthcare law. Obama has apologized for making those assurances and said he would explore options to help those affected. The timing of this drop in approval of the law suggests it may be linked to the controversy over the millions of Americans losing their current health insurance coverage.” This was before the worst press conference in American history.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is not one to tread gently. On Obamacare: “Rick Perry condemned Obama for telling states to sidestep the ACA. While Texas has the greatest rate of uninsured citizens in the nation, Perry has rejected Texas establishing its own health care exchange or extending greater Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act. ‘This is a staggering display of a reckless president cavalierly instructing states to ignore federal law. . . . President Obama did succeed at one thing today: making a bad situation worse with a ‘fix’ that will create more confusion for consumers and threatens to destabilize the health insurance industry.”