Maybe the worst remaining candidate of 2014. “Once considered a leading Democratic recruit, [Iowa Democratic congressman Bruce] Braley has feverishly been fending off a perception that he’s elitist and out of touch with regular Iowa voters. . . . The state fair, an annual staple of Iowa cultural and political life, seemed like the perfect place to get in one-on-one time with voters and share that personal story — but Braley spent little time interacting with fairgoers. He spoke at The Des Moines Register soapbox on a rainy Thursday morning, then walked through the fair and flipped pork burgers at the all-important pork producers’ tent. During most of that time, he had such a large entourage of purple Braley-shirt-wearing staffers and volunteers around him it was tough to find the candidate.”
Well, Michelle Nunn might be the worst. “The vision for Michelle Nunn and her business partners was rows of houses and condominiums on a tract of picturesque marshland near Brunswick. It never happened and never will, now that the land is protected from future development as a conservation site. But the land deal is resurfacing in the Democrat’s campaign for the U.S. Senate as Republicans seek to highlight the web of political connections she has through her famous father, despite portraying herself as a Washington outsider.”
The worst of the worst was Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.), but he’s out now and Montana is gone for the Dems. “Montana Is No Longer On The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s ‘Races’ Webpage.”
It may be the worst presidential candidate in 2016 isn’t a Republican. Charles Krauthammer on Hillary Clinton: “You never actually have any idea what is the core belief. And I think if she finally ended up saying what you thought was inauthentic and withdraws it with a hug within a day, she’s in trouble.”
The worst relationship ever with Israel. “White House and State Department officials who were leading U.S. efforts to rein in Israel’s military campaign in the Gaza Strip were caught off guard last month when they learned that the Israeli military had been quietly securing supplies of ammunition from the Pentagon without their approval. Since then the Obama administration has tightened its control on arms transfers to Israel. But Israeli and U.S. officials say that the adroit bureaucratic maneuvering made it plain how little influence the White House and State Department have with the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — and that both sides know it.”
Nouri al-Maliki is gone but the worst might yet to come to Iraq. “The Third Iraq War is hardly won yet. It has, indeed, barely been joined. Much work remains to be done including the dispatch of much greater military forces by the U.S. and its allies to work with the Iraqi security forces, Kurdish peshmerga, and Sunni tribes. And it is far from clear whether President Obama has the will to do that. At most one battle, albeit an important one, has just been won with Maliki’s imminent removal. The challenge now will be to consolidate this political beachhead. The greatest danger is giving in to excessive euphoria–to imagine that Iraq’s problems are now solved. Actually Iraq’s challenges are just beginning.”
They used to love him in Europe. Now he’s just the worst U.S. president. “Remember how Senator Obama used to blame George W. Bush for rising Anti-Americanism in Europe? Remember Obama hectoring Bush for lecturing rather than listening and for acting unilaterally without compunction? Remember Obama promising to heal the breach between the United States and our European allies by acting ‘in partnership’ and showing ‘humility?’ That promise has vanished into the same ether as the president’s assurances that Americans could keep their healthcare plans if they wanted it. Five years of the Obama administration should make European statesmen yearn for President George W. Bush.” Read the whole thing.