Look at the bright side: It’s going to be in the 50s by Friday:
• “Let’s call it what it is. They are lying, and this government is a government of liars, the Russian government.” — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio Sunday on NBC's “Meet the Press.”
Rubio also warned that the U.S. cannot trust the Russian government to cooperate now that the country has invaded Ukraine. Rubio, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he thinks Secretary of State John Kerry has given Russia too much credit in recent years for cooperating with international agreements. The Obama administration now has a full-blown foreign-policy crisis on its hands. Obama’s lengthy weekend conversation with Russian leader Vladimir Putin appears to have had little effect.
• “19th century behavior in the 21st century.” — Kerry describing Russia’s aggression on the Sunday talk shows.
Let’s face it: The U.S. has few good options in this showdown. Tough talk is one of them, but just how effective it will be is debatable. Kerry also said the U.S. has a “broad array” of economic and diplomatic options at its disposal to penalize Russia, but those would be long-term measures.
• “The DGA (Democratic Governors Association) has literally nothing to do with Obama.” — Dakota Loomis, spokesman for the Kansas Democratic Party knocking back GOP criticism that the DGA is tied to President Barack Obama. This happened after the DGA announced early financial support for Paul Davis, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate who’s challenging incumbent Gov. Sam Brownback.
Kansas GOP state chairman Kelly Arnold pointed out in a statement the other day that Obama just headlined a major Democratic Governors Association fundraiser in Washington. And so it begins: Republicans are going to work overtime to tie Davis to Obama while Democrats are going to claim outright independence. How that tug-of-war plays out could determine the winner of the November election.
• “The devolution of the two-party system has begun. Money is leaving the parties and going to independent expenditure groups.” — Rob Stein, a founder of the Democracy Alliance, one of the largest clubs of donors on the left.
Super wealthy Americans who have in the past given to the two major parties or party-connected committees have now started running their own campaign shops or demanding more say over strategy. That’s intended to ensure that these folks have more influence in how their money is spent. As Stein suggests, that undermines the role that parties have traditionally played in American politics.