After starting a new foreign policy meltdown by calling Israel’s Prime Minister “chicken____” five days before elections in which competence in matters of national security is center stage, someone at the White House must have appealed to The New York Times for urgent assistance, and the paper responded with this thigh slapped of the Keystone Kops at work which included a drive-by on John Kerry as an astronaut lost in space.
Too late, and too much a piece with the almost-impossible-to-believe timing of the White House rally conducted by the president for the president’s Swiss Cheese Ebola policy, conducted even as the Pentagon was explaining its much more stringent, much more common sense approach to quarantine of returning soldiers. You couldn’t make this stuff up. Is Reince Priebus orchestrating Team Obama’s closing kick to the voting on 11/4.
I was part of a conservative symposium Wednesday night in Louisville which featured Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina and an appearance and remarks by the in-full-campaign mode Mitch McConnell. The man most serious folks hope will soon be Marity Leader in the Senate remains unflappable, calm and very disciplined as he drives through $40 million of negative spending directed at him by national Democrats and by his opponent Allison Grimes. McConnell back stage is then mad as McConnell behind mic: composed, purposeful, quietly funny, and very, very competent. Dems have done everything they could to defeat him because he will truly be a “master of the Senate,” and the D.C. GOP will finally have a strategist equal to the task of combating the president on a number of fronts.
After McConnell departing for yet more campaigning, Fiorina and Jindal answered my questions on just three of the three areas where Kentucy voters should know the great differences that separate McConnell from Grimes: local control of education (Grimes is pro-the DOE’s jam down of Common Core via the u constitutional “conditional waiver” policy instituted by Obama Education Secretary Duncan), energy policy, and support for Israel and renewed sanctions on the still ambitious for nukes Iran. Both Jindal and Fiorina finished with blasts at he president’s “unnamed senior foreign policy aide” who slandered Netanyahu. The crowd, as I suspect most voters, enthusiastically shared in their denunciation of then rank amateurism and repeated and dangerous fumbles made by these fourth stringers pretending to be tough, experienced mini-Kissingers. The idea of serious men and women in charge of the Senate’s agenda and especially it’s Foreign Affairs and Armed Services Committee resonates far beyond the Bluegrass State, and it should be the key driving force behind every vote in every Senate campaign in five days.