Well, the president isn’t entirely daft. “Jimmy Carter: Obama the Only President So Far Not to Call Me for Advice.” ( I do, however, find it hard to believe President George W. Bush ever called him.)
The administration seems totally unaware how inappropriate its rhetoric is. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) on Secretary of Sate John Kerry’s equivocation: “Well, look, there’s no question that I think our administration has created an air of permissiveness, and it’s those kind of comments, you know, Secretary Kerry and Lavrov exchanging gifts, and it just — I think that it’s those comments that caused Putin to question what our resolve is. . . . So I do think the comment that Secretary Kerry made is not helpful. And again it shows a wishy-washiness that we do not, as a nation, at this point, need to show. We have commitments, and you know this. The Bucharest memorandum said that we will protect the sovereignty of Ukraine.”
Hillary Clinton, feminist icon, is perfectly positioned to make gender her main selling point. “Americans say the best or most positive thing about a possible Hillary Clinton presidency — if she were to run and be elected in 2016 — would be her serving as the first female president in the nation’s history.” Well, it’s sure not her foreign policy record.
Thoroughly unprepared to run for president, Sen. Rand Paul nevertheless is the darling of the MSM, most likely because they fancy crushing him. ” Republicans say Mr. Paul needs to start acting more like one. They note that he does not have a political or fund-raising infrastructure to match his emerging national profile. . . . Several Republicans privately have counseled the senator to broaden his circle beyond his current aides, and some have even made clear that they would not work for his presumed presidential bid unless he moved to build a more professional organization.” Part of the problem may be that his ideas and vision are so extreme and improbable that serious people don’t want to get on board.
He hasn’t completely closed the door. “Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he’s ‘flattered’ to be asked whether he’ll run for president in 2016 — but his ‘only focus’ is re-election this fall. ‘My direction and everything that I am committed to is our great Buckeye State,’ the Republican governor said . . . . Pressed by host Chris Wallace on whether he’s ruling out a run for the White House entirely, Kasich joked he never got as much interest in his candidacy during his short-lived 2000 run, which came after his first eight years in the House.”
In case you had any doubt a religiously devout person can be utterly despicable. “Meir Kin, the new husband, has been divorced for more than seven years, under California’s civil law. But he has refused to give his previous wife the document known as a ‘get,’ as required by Orthodox Jewish law to end a marriage. In the eyes of religious authorities, the woman he married in 2000 is what is called an agunah — Hebrew for chained wife. Without the get, the woman, Lonna Kin, is forbidden under Jewish law to remarry.”
He seems fully open to a 2016 presidential run. “Former Florida governor Jeb Bush will get top billing when he and other potential 2016 presidential candidates join billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson for an exclusive Republican gathering next week in Las Vegas. Bush, who is quietly exploring a run for the White House, will be the featured speaker at an exclusive VIP dinner on Thursday hosted by Adelson and his wife, Miriam, at his company’s private airplane hangar at Las Vegas Macarran International Airport . . . .”