Actually, her biggest weakness is President Obama, along with her own record. “Hillary Clinton’s biggest weakness, however, remains what Obama exploited in 2008; the perception that she represents the past, not the future. Just under half of all voters (49 percent) and 44 percent of independents, according to the Pew poll, say she has ‘new ideas.’ This is a critical point for Republicans to remember as they size up their potential candidates for 2016.”
And his biggest problem is Obamacare. “Sen. Mark Pryor (D) didn’t do himself any favors the other day by saying that his opponent, Rep. Tom Cotton (R, AR-4), has a ‘sense of entitlement’ because of his military service. A mistake like this is often overrated, although it’s not helpful for Pryor, who is already an underdog in Red-trending Arkansas. It’s fair to wonder if Pryor, who basically got a free pass in 2008, is really in prime fighting shape, although Cotton’s fairly outspoken economic conservatism in a state that is more Mike Huckabee than Paul Ryan provides an opening to the incumbent.”
The biggest disappointment for pro-reform advocates may be Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-Fla.) refusal to engage on this issue. Still others show political courage: “Rep. Renee Ellmers got into a heated argument with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham about immigration reform Thursday, with the Republican congresswoman saying Ingraham was taking an ‘ignorant position’ and Ingraham accusing Ellmers of borrowing liberal talking points.”
The president’s biggest hypocrisy may be his executive-power grabs. He denounced President George W. Bush for far less. “The president has a Constitutional obligation to enforce the law, whether he likes it or not. From his numerous re-writes of the health care law to his administration’s attempt to seize private water rights, the willful disregard for the limits of executive power is astounding. The bills passed by the House today will help rein in executive overreach by requiring more transparency from the administration when it refuses to enforce the law, and preventing the federal government from taking private water rights from the small businesses, farmers, ranchers, and others who depend on them.”
New Hampshire Democrats’ biggest fear comes true: “Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown is launching an exploratory committee to run for Senate in New Hampshire, delivering Republicans their best shot at taking down Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) this fall.”
The biggest sop to the base isn’t that big. “So Obama’s [overtime] directive might mean less pay for some, but possibly create jobs for others in what is essentially a federal mandated work-share program. . . . What I am pretty sure of is that a) federal wage subsidies are a far more efficient and less market distorting way to boost pay for low-income workers, b) it is odd to ask a small slice of businesses and their customers to deal with these labor market issues rather than America more broadly through government action, c) we need a broader jobs agenda.”
The biggest worry the West has is that the U.S. president’s words carry very little weight. “Secretary of State John Kerry warned of serious repercussions for Russia on Monday if last-ditch talks over the weekend to resolve the crisis in Ukraine failed to persuade Moscow to soften its stance.” And on this red line, Russia can’t step in to save him.