Not the excuse Hillary Clinton needs. “Kiki McLean, a former aide to President Clinton, defended Hillary Clinton’s claim that she was ‘dead broke’ and after leaving the White House by saying that the Clintons ‘have a life and a set of expectations that are different’ from middle class Americans.” They sure do.
Clinton better come up with a better example of a positive legacy than Burma. “It’s hard to imagine how Myanmar can ever be considered a real democracy unless it can find a political arrangement — some form of federalism, presumably — that really includes all ethnicities. That’s why Myanmar’s pro-democracy activists have always pushed for reforms that would achieve this. Right now, though, such reforms aren’t anywhere in sight. It’s probably too early to declare Myanmar’s opening a failure. Whatever you want to call it, though, it’s still a long way from democracy. And it certainly is not an unmitigated success. If this is the biggest achievement Hillary Clinton can claim from her term as secretary as state, it doesn’t reflect well on her legacy.”
Obama’s retort to critics that he “ended” the Iraq war doesn’t hold up. In fact, failure to negotiate a status of forces agreement is among Clinton’s biggest errors. “Iraq, which had achieved a tenuous stability when U.S. troops were still present in 2011, continues to descend further into the abyss. Already the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (as al-Qaeda in Iraq has rebranded itself) has taken control of Fallujah and many other parts of Anbar Province. Now its control is extending to Ninewa Province and the second-largest city in the entire country: Mosul.”
Democrats’ defense of the Senate better not turn on Georgia. “Poll results released by SurveyUSA on Monday bode ill for Democratic Senate nominee Michelle Nunn in Georgia. In head-to-head matchups against the two Republican candidates who qualify for a July 22 runoff election, Nunn comes out behind. According to the SurveyUSA poll, Nunn trails Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., by six points among likely voters; she trails businessman David Perdue by five points.”
Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) doesn’t have much of a justification for re-election. “In my view, the fundamentals favor Pryor’s opponent so heavily that I would need dramatic new information to move the race at this point toward the incumbent in my ratings. President Barack Obama drew just 37 percent of the vote in Arkansas in 2012, so Pryor would need to run at least 13 points ahead of the president to win re-election later this year. That’s possible but incredibly difficult.”
Some alibis are just too hard to sustain. “President Obama was responsible for the decision to swap five Taliban militants for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the White House said Tuesday. The White House sought to deflect charges from congressional Republicans that the administration was trying to pin blame on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel for the trade.” Really, who would believe Hagel is allowed to make any policy decisions?
I wonder what Sen. Harry Reid’s explanation for doing nothing on this bill will be. Speaker of the House John Boehner (Ohio): “With more than 57,000 veterans waiting for care, the VA crisis is nothing short of a national emergency and requires immediate action from both the House and Senate. The House has just passed, by a unanimous vote, legislation that gives any veteran who has been waiting for an appointment for more than 30 days the ability to get care outside of the broken VA system. These veterans have already waited too long for the benefits and treatment they have earned, and Senate Democrats should not force them to wait any longer.”