Let’s hope he learned from the experience. “Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) late Saturday shrugged off the idea that Republicans would shut down the federal government if President Obama took executive action on immigration reform.”
The college experience isn’t what it used to be. “By shunting to the sidelines — when not banishing altogether — study of the tradition of political and economic freedom, colleges deprive students not only of the chance to study humanity in its fullness but also to understand their rights, opportunities, and obligations as citizens in a free society. Reforming liberal education, therefore, is hardly an academic matter.”
The experience of a paralyzed president is not anything we will want to repeat. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich): “So, three years ago, we had really good options in Syria and how to stop their pooling in the east and going into Iraq. Two years ago, we had better options, not great options. Today, our options are far more limited. Far more dangerous, and will call for far more engagement. And we’re spending a lot of time talking about what we won’t do. That’s the problem. The president talks about what he won’t do. He’s having a hard time putting the coalition together to talk about what they will do.”
The experience of 5 1/2 years of the Obama presidency has certainlyt shaken up the right. Heritage Action’s chief Mike Needham: “[A]nyone who thought after the Bush administration, that a foreign policy of weakness and disengagement was the right way for America to go has seen what that looks like under the Obama administration. And I think Chairman Rogers was right when he said, every year that goes by when you have a foreign policy that doesn’t have American leadership in the world, the world gets a lot more dangerous. And so, what you have are a lot of mixed signals coming out of the White House, not just in the last week obviously, but you go back a year ago. Secretary Kerry giving the prosecutorial case for our action in Syria, President goes for a walk and he changes his mind. I think the public, just like foreign leaders, are picking up on those mixed signals and don’t think it’s the right path for us to be on.” Umm, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) call your office.
Democrats have been affected as well by the experience of “leading from behind.” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) “I think I’ve learned one thing about this president, and that is he’s very cautious. Maybe in this instance, too cautious. And so hopefully, those plans will coalesce into a strategy that can encourage that coalition from Arab nations.” Hoepfully, but not likely.
The pre-primary season has been one rotten experience after another for Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.): “Jesse Benton may have mitigated harm to U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign when he resigned in reaction to a burgeoning bribery scandal on Friday, but it could send shock waves through the expected 2016 presidential campaign of Sen. Rand Paul, who is his uncle by marriage [and whose campaign he led in 2010]. . . . [O]ne Republican told me the biggest problem is that the matter raises concerns among establishment Republicans, who have long had worries about the Paul family operation. It has historically been populated by libertarian-leaning people not schooled in party politics who bristle at following rules with which they don’t agree, he said.”
A veteran of 9/11 doesn’t want to relive that experience again. Richard Clarke: “President Obama is ‘wrong’ to downplay the dangers facing the United States, longtime counterterrorism official and ABC News contributor Richard Clarke said in response to the president’s attempts to calm concern over the escalating threat from ISIS and turmoil in the Middle East.”