A swing and a miss for Democrats. “A new political advocacy group has teamed up with former Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) to argue that the economic inequality agenda of Senate Democrats is a loser with swing voters. . . . The group, Each American Dream, which has a starter budget of $1 million, has commissioned a poll showing that 67 percent of swing voters believe expanding businesses and creating jobs is the best strategy for reducing economic inequality, not raising the minimum wage. Fifty-nine percent of swing voters said reforming the welfare system would best reduce income inequality.”
It’s a long season of campaigning until the first 2016 primaries, but Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) hasn’t persuaded many in GOP he’s mainstream on national security. “To the pro-Israel crowd, Paul is viewed by many as different from his father, former Representative Ron Paul, whose positions had kept him from getting an invite to the conservative confab in prior years. Nevertheless concerns remain about the younger Paul, who was invited this year but did not attend. ‘His edges aren’t as sharp as his father’s,’ says Ari Fleischer, a former White House press secretary. ‘But there’s still a naiveté that’s going to be a problem. He represents a departure from something a lot of Republicans are used to.’ ”
HeathCare.gov doesn’t exactly hit it out of the ballpark on the final day. “The federal website where consumers can sign up for coverage under President Obama’s health care law unexpectedly stopped taking applications for several hours early Monday, the last day of open enrollment, because of a software problem, the administration said.”
The complete, unedited video of Rand Paul talking about his view of history apparently threw his advisers a curve. In the 2012 video we posted, Paul says that sanctions against Japan and Nazi Germany might have contributed to their aggression. “There are times when sanctions have made it worse,” Paul said. “Leading up to World War II, we cut off trade with Japan. That probably caused Japan to react angrily. We also had a blockade on Germany after World War I that probably encouraged some of their anger.'” He says his comments were taken out of context.
This sort of comes out of left field. “Rep. Dave Camp, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, says he will not seek another term. The Michigan Republican said in a statement Monday that he will retire after 12 terms in the House. He was term-limited as chairman of the committee. His district is strongly Republican and the GOP is expected to hold the seat.” Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will take his place.
It’s a whole new ballgame if President Obama acts unilaterally on immigration reform. “If nothing happens by August recess, the pressure on Obama to act unilaterally could become overwhelming, and any executive action will likely make legislative reform even less likely, perhaps postponing it until at least 2017.”
It’s not over till it’s over? The Obama team should get over the notion that there are Iranian “moderates.” “Hasan Rouhani named Hamid Aboutalebi to serve as the ambassador to the United Nations. Mr. Rouhani is the Iranian president the West keeps insisting is a ‘moderate,’ mounting evidence to the contrary notwithstanding. Mr. Aboutalebi was one of the students who seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979.”