FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2013, file photo, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki listens as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says a leadership change may help resolve what he calls "dysfunction" at the Department of Veterans Affairs, following allegations of corruption and avoidable deaths at the veterans' hospital in Phoenix. McConnell says the tenure of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is "embarrassing" and that the agency is in "a stunning period of dysfunction." McConnell isn't calling for Shinseki to step down, but says a change in leadership "might be a good thing."(AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File) Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki at a hearing on Capitol Hill. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

Democrats will claim these aren’t “real” women, I suspect. “West Virginians this fall will elect a woman to the U.S. Senate for the first time, and the contenders are among 14 women seeking Senate seats, half of them Republicans. That’s significant, said Jennifer Lawless, a professor of government and women-in-politics at American University in Washington, because it could help the Republican Party demonstrate it is not hostile toward women.”

The administration’s claim to be the champion of civil rights is highly suspect. “Recently, we both have drawn attention to President Obama’s bogus claims about the number of voting-rights cases pursued by Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department. A list of those cases, belatedly released to Politifact by the Justice Department, proves that the president’s claim was false. Both he and his Justice Department have been grossly exaggerating their enforcement of the Voting Rights Act (VRA).”

Anti-immigration reform advocates claim to represent Republican opinion. Not so fast: “Seventy-one percent of likely voters surveyed — and nine of 10 Hispanics — said they back sweeping change to immigration laws. The support spans party lines: 64 percent of Republican respondents back comprehensive immigration reform, as do 78 percent of Democrats and 71 percent of independents.”

Here they go again. The president’s spinners claim he is frustrated China won’t pay attention to him. “The White House on Monday said the decision to indict Chinese military officials with economic espionage stemmed from frustration that Beijing had done little to stop cyber spying despite President Obama’s personal appeals.” What have they been waiting for?

Why does the White House think its claim that the president is totally unaware of what is going on is a good defense? “President Barack Obama first learned of the scandal involving Department of Veterans Affairs hospital administrators concealing the true wait times vets faced in the press, according to a claim made by White House Press Sec. Jay Carney on Monday.” Thunk.

He’s can’t honestly claim he wasn’t told about the problems when he entered office. “The Obama administration received clear notice more than five years ago that VA medical facilities were reporting inaccurate waiting times and experiencing scheduling failures that threatened to deny veterans timely health care — problems that have turned into a growing scandal. Veterans Affairs officials warned the Obama-Biden transition team in the weeks after the 2008 presidential election that the department shouldn’t trust the wait times that its facilities were reporting.” And no on is madder than Obama that his administration did nothing about it?

Russia claims to have pulled back its troops. Not true, it seems: “The Kremlin announced Monday that President Vladimir V. Putin had ordered Russian troops conducting exercises along the Ukrainian border to return to their home bases at the conclusion of the drills, apparently sending another loud signal that Russia is not planning any military action in eastern Ukraine ahead of that country’s presidential elections on Sunday. However, the NATO secretary general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said the Western allies had not seen any sign of a withdrawal of Russian forces.”