Even grumpy anti-immigration reformers see the writing on the wall. “It’s going to happen sooner or later; they’re not going to go to the polls in 2016 without having done something to show Latinos that the party’s remade itself to some degree on this issue at least. Let’s get on with it.”
How’s the speaker going to see his doc? Healthcare.gov crashed on him, too.
With the president too bashful to defend his own surveillance programs, the heavy lifting is left to conservatives. “Critics claim that bulk-data acquisition violates U.S. citizens’ Fourth Amendment right against ‘unreasonable searches and seizures.’ But telephone metadata is generated by communications companies, and it belongs to them, not to their customers. Its acquisition by the government therefore doesn’t implicate the Fourth Amendment interests of individual Americans. Even if it did, the judicially recognized ‘special needs’ doctrine would still allow collection.” Read the whole thing.
Did the White House think we were too sleepy and blurry-eyed to remember the promise? “Sixty-five percent [in a recent survey] are more likely to agree with a statement that cancellation notices show President Obama has broken his promise that Americans can keep their current insurance, while 35 percent say the notices will improve policies by requiring them to meet minimum standards.”
The GOP should not be happy simply to let Obamacare implode. “Policy aside, Republicans might use this unique moment to redefine the broad concept of health care: Patient-centered, patient-driven, patient-owned (even when workers change jobs); a deep well of competitive choices that ensures access by all; fairness in tax treatment; ease of use; and a more streamlined and limited safety net. Talking about these concepts, and the policies that underlie them does not get in the way of the ObamaCare collapse. Quite the opposite: It provides a contrast that could hasten the law’s end. The GOP’s long reticence to address health care provided Mr. Obama with the moment to pass his law. The GOP is now faced with another such moment, only this time the party is far better positioned to show policy boldness.”
Yes, both sides were pretty dopey throughout this whole thing. “Republicans whose unjustified recalcitrance provoked the change should be ashamed. Democrats who are celebrating will soon enough regret their decision. The radical action, a product of poisonous partisanship, will also be an accelerant of poisonous partisanship.” (Ruth Marcus has it right: “Presidents will understand that in picking judges they have to count only to 50, which will embolden them to press the envelope, ideologically and otherwise. Republicans will be empowered to pick more conservative judges, Democrats more liberal ones. Perhaps this will make for a more vibrant judiciary. I fear it will create one that is more polarized and possibly less well-qualified.”)
A reminder to get a flu shot before you wind up sneezy and sick. Already in the Midwest: “The flu season is starting earlier than usual, just like last year, but it’s too soon to tell how severe it will be or which age group will be hit the hardest, state and local public health officials said Wednesday.”
If Obama allows Iran to get the bomb, it will dwarf all other errors in his presidency. He seems not to understand with whom he is dealing: “Iranian military forces launched a series of ‘massive military drills’ across nine provinces on Wednesday following an order by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, according to state media reports. The drills, codenamed ‘Towards Jerusalem,’ will continue over the coming days and throughout the rest of the year.” Is this a “moderate” drill?