WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed on Monday to expand and deepen their countries’ strategic partnership and make it a model for the rest of the world.
Josh Kraushaar, National Journal
In attempting to downplay the political damage from a slew of second-term controversies, President Obama has counted on the American people having a very short memory span and a healthy suspension of disbelief. The time-tested strategy for Obama: Claim he’s in the dark about his own administration’s activities, blame the mess on subordinates, and hope that with the passage of time, all will be forgotten. Harry Truman, the president isn’t. He’s more likely to pass the buck.
Froma Harrop, RealClearPolitics
MOBILE, Ala. — It’s been noticed by just about everyone except what we call the “liberal establishment” that of the eight Senate seats now up for grabs, four are in the South — Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana and North Carolina. H. Brandt (Brandy) Ayers, the publisher of The Anniston Star in Alabama, has certainly noticed the neglect. And boy, is he frustrated.
Ayers is both a staunch liberal and Southern to the core. If the Democratic Party wants to establish a healthy dialogue in the Southern states, he told me, it has to first say, “We like you.” Liberals can’t just sigh at the troublesome…
Caitlin Huey-Burns, RCP
LAKE VILLAGE, Ark. — Tom Cotton has been traveling this large, rural state in a camouflage-painted RV, on the hunt for an Â“elusiveÂ” and Â“mysteriousÂ” Arkansan.This enigmatic figure is one who invariably sides with President Obama on the issues — a stance generally viewed with distain in a state that voted for Mitt Romney by 24 percentage points in 2012.Â“I canÂ’t find him anywhere I go in Arkansas!Â” the Republican congressman tells a group of supporters gathered last week at JJÂ’s Lakeside CafÃ©, located here in the southeastern part of the state, a region that traditionally has voted…
E.J. Dionne, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON — When he announced his leave-taking last week, Attorney General Eric Holder spoke of Robert F. Kennedy as his inspiration for believing that the Justice Department “can and must always be a force for that which is right.”
There are many reasons why our nation’s first African-American attorney general might see Kennedy as his guide, but this one may be the most important: If ever a public figure was exempt from Holder’s much contested depiction of our country as a “nation of cowards” on race, it was RFK, a man who was in constant struggle with his demons and his conscience.