Jay Carney- (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Jay Carney (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press)

Conservatives are confusing for the mainstream media. Red-state, pro-military voters like the sorts of things that push back against the federal government’s growth and intrusion into state matters. “[Tom Cotton’s] made one politically risky decision after another, votes that seem at odds with a candidate trying to knock off a once-popular incumbent. Since taking office last year, Cotton has voted against the Violence Against Women Act, opposed lowering student-loan rates, and backed a budget that would tinker with Medicare and Social Security. Most visibly, he has been one of the House’s most outspoken supporters of using the U.S. military in Syria, writing an op-ed in support of action in The Washington Post.”

What a baffling concept — actually helping the Palestinians. “As SodaStream’s global market expanded, so did its need for manual laborers. Today, the Mishor Adumim plant — the first of eight Israeli locations and 22 worldwide — employs 1,300 workers; 950 Arabs (450 Israeli and 500 Palestinian) and 350 Israeli Jews. Salaries and work benefits — management asserts and workers confirm — are equal for all workers in comparable jobs, regardless of ethnicity or citizenship. The factory secures Israeli work permits for its Palestinian employees as well as rides from their home and back, SodaStream’s Chief Operating Officer Yossi Azarzar told The Times of Israel.”

It’s mind-blowing that the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement wants to destroy this company by picking a fight with its spokeswoman. (Maybe not so mind-blowing since they really are anti-Israel and not pro-Palestinian.) “When mega-star Scarlett Johansson signed on to be the famous face of the Israeli soft drink company SodaStream, she was probably unaware of the tsunami it would unleash. In her long-standing role as a goodwill ambassador for the Britain-based global charity Oxfam, Johansson was used to being lauded for fighting poverty and championing human rights. Suddenly, she was coming under fire for those very same liberal values. To her great credit, Johansson was not intimidated by the deluge of detractors who came crawling out of the woodwork to try to smear her reputation.”

The reaction to that Coke ad is mystifying — I mean we want people all over the world to appreciate America, right? They got themselves so overworked they missed another bugaboo. “Not as if you needed another reason not to have a racist freakout over a multilingual Coca Cola ad (or any ad), but here it is: while everybody was a-tweeting about speaking English, they missed the first gay family in Super Bowl history.” Life must be a nonstop horror show for some folks.

I’m sure they find it disconcerting that real people don’t want to give them money. “Many Tea Party candidates are fizzling with their fundraising — an early sign they might struggle to upend the entrenched incumbents they’re challenging in this year’s primary elections. A number of more conservative candidates running against Republican incumbents have failed to impress in their most recent year-end fundraising reports. Meager hauls came from many Tea Party challengers, including Senate candidates in Louisiana, Georgia, South Carolina and South Dakota who had been hoping to pull upsets, as well as from congressional candidates challenging Reps. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) and Greg Walden (R-Ore.).”

It is puzzling to the Saudis, no doubt, that the president’s Iran approach is based on so many misconceptions about the region. “President Barack Obama will travel to Saudi Arabia in March as concern over his administration’s recent interim deal on Iran’s nuclear weapons stirs concern among other Mideast nations. While in the country he’ll meet with Saudi King Abdullah to discuss Middle East peace and common interests in the Arabian Gulf, the White House said Monday. Aside from the recent nuclear accord, struck last fall, Saudi Arabia and its Gulf state neighbors have expressed frustration at the United States’ role in Syria, where rebels continue to battle against the Iran-backed regime.”

Bewildering to many, the White House claims having 2.5 million people leave the workplace is a good thing: “[T]he availability of affordable health insurance may mean that a worker can cut back by a few hours each week and still be able to afford the same quality of life. ‘This is not businesses cutting back on jobs. This is people having new choices.'” Or getting government benefits for working less or not at all.