More good reviews for Texas Gov. Rick Perry, this time in Iowa. “He seems to have matured or changed a little bit. He seemed to have more fire, a lot more motivation.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a meeting with Russian ambassadors, envoys and diplomats at the Foreign Ministry headquarters in Moscow, July 1, 2014. Putin said on Tuesday, after Kiev renewed military operations against pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine, that Moscow would continue to defend the interests of ethnic Russians abroad. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS) Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a meeting with Russian ambassadors, envoys and diplomats at the Foreign Ministry headquarters in Moscow, July 1, 2014.  (REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev)

More Dems need to listen to former senator Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.). “The talks should only be continued, however, if the White House concludes that the Iranian government has actually moved far enough in the negotiations to justify the assumption that more time will probably produce a good agreement. Otherwise, the talks should be broken off until the Iranians make clear that they are willing to accept an end to their nuclear activities in return for an end to economic sanctions. A reflexive extension of the negotiations without justification will unsettle our allies and encourage Iran. In these circumstances, congressional action would be critical as a spur to U.S. diplomacy. The more credible, broad-based and crippling the next round of sanctions, the greater the prospect that the Iranians might come around to accept the necessary terms for a good deal.”

More irony — or is it hypocrisy? Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said he’d ignore Kentucky law prohibiting him from running simultaneously for president and for Senate. “We should stop and pause to appreciate that: Rand Paul, of all people, arguing that states don’t have the authority to dictate the rules for federal elections. Yes, Mr. States’ Rights insists that this is the province of the federal government! It gets even better. The tradition that states set the rules of their elections and always have was not handed to us by a bunch of pinko mid-century judges, but lo and behold, by the Framers themselves.”

More support for Egypt would be helpful. “As to Egypt, it is not only that the Egyptian government shares our own view of Hamas as a terrorist group whose influence and military capabilities must be fought. That alone is a reason for the United States to want Egypt, not Qatar or Turkey, to be central. It is also that Egypt has genuine national security interests at stake here because it is a neighbor to Gaza. Terrorist activities in Gaza and Sinai matter to Egypt in a way that they do not to Qatar or Turkey. Any agreement that improves Hamas’s chances of importing more weaponry harms Egypt’s security, and the Egyptians have a right to a say in this.”

More work on Medicare is needed. “Rapid Medicare spending growth is a primary reason the federal budget is already so deeply in the red today. Continued Medicare spending growth is a key factor in the CBO’s assessment that the budget is on an unsustainable trajectory over the long term. Obamacare has not fixed this problem. All it has done is impose a simplistic, across-the-board payment-rate reduction that is partially obscuring how deep the hole really is.”

More people are catching on. “It is striking, particularly his views on foreign policy [which] I think don’t sit well with a lot of Republicans, so I’m a little surprised. Rand Paul’s views on foreign policy are not all that different from President Obama’s in terms of disengagement. He doesn’t like it put that way, but that’s the reality there.”

More than two years left. Scary. “The President’s detachment from reality is fast infecting the rest of his party. How else can we explain fellow Democrat and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stating this week that ‘the border is secure’? This ‘tranquillity’ line was a Freudian slip by the President’s spokesman that reveals the deep gap between reality and the Obama White House. Obama is rapidly becoming the weakest president since James Buchanan failed to stop the drift toward Civil War. Self-delusion and a rich fantasy life are dangerous in a president. They often lead to disasters that are unimaginable until they happen. That is what we have to worry about for the next two years until he leaves public office for a private fantasyland.”