Eugene Robinson in The Washington Post on Boehner and immigration reform Robinson has two pieces of advice for House Speaker John Boehner for handling immigration reform. Step 1: Press House Republicans to pass the Senate-approved bill and improve the Republican Party's standing among Hispanic voters. Step 2: Let the more conservative members of the House majority oust him from the "thankless job" of Speaker of the House. Losing the job, Robinson argues, should be an "easy call" for Boehner since "Leading the House Republican majority is like trying to get a bunch of cats to do synchronized swimming." Professor Julian Zelizer on CNN agrees with the basic premise: with a combination of lobbying and pork, Boehner can get enough Republican signatures to vote for the deal and claim a major legislative achievement that could "rebuild a languishing speakership."
Gerald Seib in The Wall Street Journal on the US's fading influence on Egypt The United States' annual $2 billion donation to Egypt has, for the past 30-some years, returned hefty political influence in the Egyptian government, but in the current crisis, Seib argues the U.S. has been rendered to the sidelines. In a call to Egyptian President Morsi late Monday night, President Obama refrained from taking an official position on the government's future. But, as Seib argues, "the broader question may be whether it makes much difference." Today, Qatar's $3 billion aid to Egypt dwarfs the American contribution, and the US has failed in pushing its Middle East allies, such as Saudi Arabia, to support the Morsi regime. Similarly, Michael Crowley of Time wonders if Obama's reticence to take a side is hurting the US' influence even further.