Arkansas U.S. Senate candidate Tom Cotton (R), discussing the Hobby Lobby ruling, says his Democratic opponent, Sen. Mark Pryor, "thinks that faith is something that only happens on Sunday mornings." That'll surprise most Arkansans, who are well-acquainted with Mr. Pryor's demonstrated religiosity, on repeated display in Bill Maher's film Religulous, for example. Mr. Cotton hasn't apologized, but now says Mr. Pryor "is a man of faith and practices it with commendable openness." C'mon, Mr. Cotton, which is it?
Speaking of having and practicing faith, certain UUA and UUC pastors have protested the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling by handing out condoms in front of Illinois-area Hobby Lobby stores. But I suspect it won't be many more Roberts Court decisions before such actions don't enjoy First Amendment protections anymore, but instead become terrorist acts toward a corporate "person" enjoying the "inalienable" right to make profits.
Obama advisor contends that the Republican lawsuit against the President's Executive orders will backfire against them, as it will "remind() the American people that unlike congressional Republicans, he is actually doing something to help them." But not as long as the "liberal" media treat Mr. Obama's minimum-wage and equal-pay orders the way they should have treated Mr. Bush's unlawful warrantless-wiretapping scheme.
Another day, another prominent Republican politician caught on video pounding the myth that 47% of Americans are freeloaders. These "freeloaders" pay payroll taxes, state income taxes, and sales taxes, and their number includes a lot of seniors who now collect the benefits they worked for and paid into all their lives, but why are we listening to Bob Beauprez, anyway? He couldn't get elected Governor in 2006, either, and was one of the few enthusiastic supporters Mr. Bush ever had for his failed Social Security-privatization plan. In short, the man is (as Mario Cuomo might say) a walnut in the batter of eternity.
Finally, President Obama tells Marketplace that he thinks that "over time the Republican Party will move back to the center, mainly because if they don't, they'll never win the presidency again." Ah, no: the Republican Party could continue to move rightward, with hapless Democrats rushing after them to the new "center" -- or they could simply pretend to be centrists, which worked for George W. Bush in 2000, and could easily work again for Scott Walker in 2016 (as, hate to pile on, it already worked for Scott Walker in 2010!). How could Mr. Obama be blind to these two possibilities -- particularly after fighting these very same Republicans tooth-and-nail for six-plus years?