Warm weather and great football. It’s going to be a good weekend.
▪ “The best way to counter something from the past is with something new.” — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker assessing the possibility of another White House candidacy from Mitt Romney.
Talk about the bloom falling off the rose. Romney’s 2016 flirtation with a third straight presidential run is getting smacked as Republican after Republican (mostly conservatives) diss the idea. Walker may be a candidate himself, for sure, so take his comments for what they’re worth. Among other conservative criticizing Romney this week were Sarah Palin and former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating. “He had his chance,” said Keating.
▪ “I believe closer ties could help change the nature of the relationship between the Cuban people and their repressive government.” — Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran, a Republican, on the Obama administration’s decision Thursday to ease travel sanctions to the island nation.
Moran, who supports Obama’s moves on Cuba, makes the point that the new relationship the U.S. is forging with Cuba will have benefits that go beyond farm exports and could lead to changes in the way the Cuban government oversees its people. “Increasing the standard of living among Cuban citizens will enable them to make greater demands on their own government to increase individual and political rights,” Moran said.
▪ “The release of five Guantanamo detainees this week is outrageous when this administration cannot be bothered to show up in Paris to stand with the world against terrorism.” — Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts on the administration’s decision Thursday to release five Yemeni terrorist detainees from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.
Roberts and other Republicans think the Paris attacks and an FBI-thwarted terrorist attack on the Capitol this week suggest that the transfer of detainees should be halted.
▪ “We are past the point of crisis.” — President Barack Obama at a cafe in North Baltimore, Md., Thursday describing the state of the American economy.
Obama, who was advocating a new sick-day policy for workers, is expressing more confidence in the state of the economy these days, and the economy’s recent performance has perked up the president’s job-approval numbers. “The economy is stable and is building momentum,” Obama said. “Now we have to make sure that that economy is benefiting everybody.”