A backhanded compliment for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. “When all you have is leading from behind, there’s a place in your heart for in-your-face.”

FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2014, file photo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks after being sworn in during the public inauguration ceremony at City Hall in New York. Mayor de Blasio will not travel across the Hudson River to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Sunday for the Super Bowl that will be broadcast to a television audience expected to top 100 million people. De Blasio said Thursday, Jan. 30, that he has "decided to watch the game on TV, just like the vast majority of New Yorkers." (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks after being sworn in during the public inauguration ceremony at City Hall in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

When liberals get back in power you realize how incompetent many of them are. “It’s hard to find anyone getting off to a more brutal start to any job than New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has in the first seven weeks of his term. Week after week, it’s been one ironic blunder after the other.” Unlike big-city mayors of old, the current crop of Democrats tends to be left-wing academics, the worst possible preparation for running anything.

American Enterprise Institute’s Arthur Brooks gets back to basics: “To be a part of the conservative movement, you should be expected to love people. This is a movement that must answer anger with love.” Read the whole thing.

Anyone who can claim power gets his backing. “Mr. Obama backed the government led by Mohammed Morsi, after the Muslim Brotherhood won the 2012 elections. Then the president backed the military coup against Mr. Morsi last year. On Libya, Mr. Obama took a back seat in an international effort to oust Moammar Gadhafi in 2011, but was apparently not in the vehicle at all when the American mission at Benghazi came under fatal attack in 2012.”

Way back when this is what universities did. Now, as Peter Berkowitz explains, they need to “be convinced of the need to reestablish a core curriculum that provides students with a common foundation including math, science, literature, principles of American politics, U.S. history, economics, religion, foreign languages, and world civilizations.  They should be urged to protect the free exchange of ideas by eliminating explicit restrictions on free speech; by expunging broadly written campus code provisions that can be and are interpreted to mean that causing a fellow student or faculty member to feel awkward or uncomfortable is an actionable offense; and by proclaiming at every opportunity—including, for example, on the home page of their websites, prominently in course catalogues, at ceremonies welcoming freshman, and at graduation—the centrality to liberal education of liberty of thought and discussion, of intellectual diversity, and of free inquiry.”

Back home, voters actually expect them to govern. “Republican governors huddling here this weekend are touting their ability to create jobs while repairing their states’ fiscal outlook, hopeful of replicating their success in the 2010 elections. . . . In interviews, Republican governors said they had cut taxes and improved the business climate in their states at a time when Washington has settled into a cycle of gridlock and partisan rancor. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said governors haven’t had ‘the luxury of inaction like Washington does. Republican governors have good records to run on. Most of the states under Republican governorships have done fairly well,’ Ms. Fallin said.”

When we look back in five years, it’ll be hard to understand how this was even an issue. “Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) hopes his state’s governor will veto legislation that would allow business owners to cite their religious beliefs in denying gay and lesbian customers.” Good for him. What religious belief, by the way, says it is a sin to serve a gay person dinner or sell him shoes?