Quote of the Day

“I think the American people, you know, they’re going to want — you know, that new car smell. You know, their own — they want to drive something off the lot that doesn’t have as much mileage as me.”

— President Obama, in an ABC News interview, saying he may not play a prominent role in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Can Republicans Restrain Themselves?

Politico: “What has changed is the underlying balance of power in the party and, perhaps, the terms of debate within the GOP over how to deal with the Democratic Party and its surprisingly aggressive leader. Obama might be behaving like a usurping monarch without a mandate, in the eyes of the newly powerful GOP, but no one is seriously threatening to impeach him — as Republicans have repeatedly done in past years. Nor, despite the angry rhetoric, does there seem to be a serious possibility of government shutdown.”

“Call it thoughtfulness — or call it confusion. All in all, the mild, somewhat subdued response to Obama’s immigration move is evidence that the uncompromising GOP insurgency that so paralyzed Washington in 2013 has lost some potency.”

Marion Barry Dies

New York Times: “Marion S. Barry Jr., a sharecropper’s son and civil rights pioneer who became a flamboyant and polarizing mayor of Washington, went to prison on cocaine charges and then recaptured City Hall in one of the most improbable comebacks in the history of American politics, died early Sunday. He was 78.”

Washington Post: “Charismatic, irrepressible and engaging, Mr. Barry always seemed to get up again.”

Clinton Would Inherit 3 Million Person Mailing List

Ready for Hillary has amassed contact information from approximately 3 million people for a potential presidential campaign by Hillary Clinton, USA Today reports.

“Ready for Hillary’s list of supporters will be rented or sold to the Clinton campaign… Alternatively, Ready for Hillary will send e-mails asking for donations to go directly to the Clinton campaign, which essentially provides the campaign with donor information for free…. The list alone would be a big advantage for a presidential campaign to have on Day One, but the infrastructure assembling to support Clinton goes beyond Ready for Hillary.”

Gruber Called to Testify Before Congress

“The controversy over Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber’s ‘stupidity of the American voter’ comments reignited yesterday, as a powerful Congressional panel summoned the embattled MIT professor to testify in Washington next month,” the Boston Herald reports.

Wonk Wire: Which is dumber: Gruber’s comments of Gruber-gate?

What are the chances that Gruber calls the lawmakers stupid?

Nixon Struggles to Find Balance in Missouri

“From the very first days of the protests over the police shooting of an unarmed black man here, Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri has been accused of hitting the wrong notes at the wrong times,” the New York Times reports.

“But politicians and others in Missouri said they were not completely surprised by the governor’s handling of the situation in Ferguson. They said his regular approach to governing — a reliance on a tight circle of loyal advisers and an unwavering faith in well-established processes — had proved particularly ill suited to the challenges of Ferguson and a protest movement that views the established processes as fundamentally exclusive and unfair.”

“Mr. Nixon’s supporters say he has been faced with a crisis nearly impossible to handle to everyone’s satisfaction.”

Kasich Impresses at Republican Governor’s Meeting

Dan Balz: “It wasn’t exactly the first debate of the 2016 cycle, but it became something of a warm-up, and included a favored tactic from 2012 GOP presidential debates of attacking the moderator to score points with the partisan audience.”

“If joint appearances provide a venue for distinguishing one candidate from another, the first round went to Kasich. The Ohio governor zagged when the others zigged, warning against an overreaction to President Obama’s immigration action, defending expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare and imploring his party to find ways to solve big problems despite differences with the president.”

The Strongest GOP Ticket?

Longtime Clinton adviser Harold Ickes said a Republican presidential ticket of Jeb Bush and Sen. Rob Portman would be tough for Democrats to beat in 2016, the Daily Beast reports.

“A Bush-Portman ticket could doom Democrats in Bush’s native Florida and in Portman’s Ohio… and Bush’s Hispanic support would make Colorado a difficult lift as well.”

Said Ickes: “Bush has what appears to be very strong credentials with Hispanics. I’m told he speaks Spanish at home, and I’m told that he actually thinks in Spanish.”

House Report Finds No Attempt to Mislead Over Benghazi

“A House report on the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, concludes that the Central Intelligence Agency and U.S. military responded properly and that Obama administration ‘talking points’ were flawed, but didn’t find that administration officials attempted to mislead the public,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

“The two-year-long investigation by the Republican-led House intelligence committee is the latest congressional probe to examine the attacks, and its conclusions deflate allegations suggesting misconduct by the Obama administration.”

An interesting Friday news dump from House Republicans.

Handicapping the 2016 Republican Field

Karl Rove: “With midterms over, let’s give political junkies a fix by surveying the emerging GOP presidential field. Twenty-three Republicans have publicly indicated interest (not including Mitt Romney, who says he has no plans to run). Here they are, with strengths and weaknesses.”

P.J. O’Rourke: Why 2016’s hopefuls are hopeless

This is a much stronger roster of potential candidates that Republicans had in 2012. It will be interesting to see how many actually run.