Rand Paul in Politico on why "Rick Perry Is Dead Wrong" on his recent criticism of Paul's libertarian foreign policy. The spat between two potential front runners for the Republican presidential nomination continued on Monday, with Rand Paul responding to Rick Perry's criticism in a Washington Post op-ed on Saturday. "There are obviously many important events going on in the world right now, but with 60,000 foreign children streaming across the Texas border, I am surprised Governor Perry has apparently still found time to mischaracterize and attack my foreign policy." The divide between Perry and Paul represents a larger clash over foreign policy in the Republican Party, that pits a growing libertarian wing against Bush-era neo-conservatism. "I ask Governor Perry: How many Americans should send their sons or daughters to die for a foreign country — a nation the Iraqis won’t defend for themselves? How many Texan mothers and fathers will Governor Perry ask to send their children to fight in Iraq?"
Dana Milbank in The Washington Post on America's ADD politics. When people criticized President Obama for not visiting the Texas-Mexico border last week he pushed back, telling the media "This is not theater." Actually, Milbank says it is. "The terror, abuse and suffering of children shouldn’t be theater, but it is. All the political world today is a stage. Our national dialogue has become a series of one-act plays: Each runs for a week or two, the critics volunteer their reviews of the president’s performance, and then it closes just as quickly — perhaps, like Benghazi, Libya, to be revived for a second run at a later date." In Milbank's opinion, the President would do best to embrace our attention-deficit disorder politics, rather than trying to run away from it or rise above it. "A top Obama adviser, justifying the decision not to send the president to the border, told me that the hubbub would dissipate in a couple of weeks, even as the crisis, and the administration’s response, continue. That’s probably so, but it does the president no good to piously shun theatrics. If he embraces his potential as writer, producer and director, he can stage a better production."