Driving the right-wing crazy. “[New Jersey Gov.] Christie extended his lead among other GOP contenders with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul trailing Christie at 13 percent, followed by Rep. Paul Ryan at 11 percent, and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas at 10 percent the only other Republican White House hopefuls to get double-digit support, CNN reports.”
How nuts is this Iranian deal? A colleague of Wendy Sherman: “If there’s any evidence of some secret nuclear site the Iranians forgot to tell her about, this is over.” So the deal is sell so long as we don’t find out?
David Plouffe spinning like mad on ABC’s This Week: “I think people trust this president.”
Who would be daft enough to want the job? “The post may not come open for a while, but the next generation of Republican leaders is waiting for the day that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) decides he’s had enough of a job he’s famously compared to ‘a hole in the head.'”
The Iranian interim deal is Obama’s greatest foreign policy achievement? That is a bizarre, given the status of Iran’s nuclear weapons program: “Rouhani: Iran to build second nuclear plant at Bushehr.”
It is loopy for the Obama gang to declare that “it’s fixed.” James Capretta on Obamacare: “The real test of HealthCare.gov is whether you make the right payment to the right people on the right insurance plan. It’s very easy to fix the front end enrollment if you turn off controls in the back end, and it’s very clear from multiple media reports that the system is still not accurate when it makes payments to the insurance plans . . . they’re working around the whole problem instead of solving it.”
Customers will become unhinged — and rightly so — when they find out that the insurance carrier may have no record of their purchase. “[I]t remains unclear whether the enrollment data being transmitted to insurers is completely accurate. In a worst-case scenario, insurance executives fear that some people may not actually get enrolled in the plans they think they have chosen, or that some people may receive wrong information about the subsidies for which they are eligible.”