Secretary of State John Kerry still getting pummeled for his flubbing his lines. Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.): “President Obama has rejected the use of the term apartheid in the past, correctly saying it is historically inaccurate and emotionally loaded. I hope that President Obama will again reiterate these views, and call on Secretary Kerry to apologize to the Israeli government and people. If he is committed to a successful peace process, Secretary Kerry would do better to warn President Mahmoud Abbas of embracing Hamas, a terrorist organization that denies the Holocaust and is committed to the destruction of Israel.”
Well, anyone would be stumbling trying to explain Kerry’s comments. “Psaki Stumbles While Trying to Clarify Kerry’s ‘Apartheid’ Remarks About Israel.” Notice the superb questioning from the Associated Press’s Matt Lee. Why can’t the White House reporters do that?
Plainly the “peace process” is floundering if not comatose. You know it’s bad when Mahmoud Abbas is in damage control mode. “Today, Abbas’ characterization of the Holocaust as a “heinous crime” is further clouded by his Fatah faction’s recent announcement of its intent to create a unity agreement with the violent Palestinian Islamist faction, Hamas. The group’s leaders openly have engaged in Holocaust denial and repeatedly call for the destruction of the Jewish state.”
Obama is still reeling from self-inflicted blows. The question is how many Democrats he takes with him. “President Obama’s approval rating remains ominously weak among the constituencies that could tip the battle for control of the Senate in November, the latest Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll has found. Obama’s overall approval, standing at just 41 percent, remains near the lowest level ever recorded in the 20 Heartland Monitor Polls since April 2009. And only one in four adults say his actions are increasing economic opportunity for people like them, also among his worst showings in the polls. His numbers are especially meager among the non-college and older whites that dominate the electorate in the seven red-leaning states where Democrats must defend Senate seats in November.”
The Clintons’ avarice has always been a problem, and Hillary is already tripping up: “Boeing chief executive W. James McNearney faced pointed questions during the company’s annual shareholder’s meeting Monday about Boeing’s decision to make a charitable donation to the Clinton Foundation in the same year that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had advocated on behalf of the company’s sales in Russia. . . . The question was based on reporting that was published in The Washington Post earlier this month, and it gave an indication of the kinds of challenges that companies that have become close to Clinton could face from conservative shareholders as the former secretary of state weighs a run for president. Dozens of major corporations have made charitable donations to the Clinton Foundation in recent years.
Fumbling away a possible immigration reform breakthrough? Not if House leaders can help it. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), who voted against the Senate bill: “I think most members of the Republican conference would be willing and eager to pass some form of immigration reform, but it needs to be broken up, and it needs to be taken step-by-step, one step at a time.”
In the Oregon senate GOP primary, state representative Jason Conger is blowing it. Or, another woman is rising to the occasion, if you prefer. “Rep. Jason Conger of Bend, who is competing against Portland pediatric neurosurgeon Monica Wehby for the Republican nomination in Oregon’s U.S. Senate race, experienced a big drop in fundraising in the first three months of the year. . . . A disclosure report newly available on the Federal Election Commission website showed that Conger raised just under $64,000 in the first quarter of 2014. That’s less than a third of the $214,000 he raised in the last quarter of 2013, when he launched his candidacy. In any event, Conger has been far out-distanced in fundraising by Wehby, who has raked in nearly $1.1 million for her campaign in the last three months of 2013 and the first three months of this year.”