Krauthammer’s Take

by NRO Staff

From Tuesday’s Special Report All-Star Panel Appearance

On Rep. Xavier Beceraa’s suggestion that he would be open to a two-step spending decision from the Supercommittee:

[It suggests] That he is going to dodge. It is not a serious proposal. And in the end, it will look like an agreement but no agreement at all. . . .

And the reason is, I think, two-fold. The larger reason is there’s a huge ideological divide that is very real and significant and it can only be decided by an election. There is no way that the parties — with Obama at one end ideologically and the Republican House on the other — is going to agree on this.

But second, the trigger is a phony. And the reason is we have heard from McCain and other figures on Republican side there is no way they would agree to the sequestration of defense. Now we have from the Obama’s own secretary of defense this letter which lays out what it [the Defense sequestration] will do — in which he says it would devastate the military. And he says it’s not a budget he could recommend.

So you have Democrats and Republicans, in the end, going to disarm the trigger.

On the suggestion that the impending triggers put the Supercommittee “against the wall.”

In the end, as we learned with Gramm-Rudman and other attempts for Congress to force itself in to doing “x,” if you put a padlock on the refrigerator but you are Congress, you keep the key — so you can undo it [the padlock] any time you want.

On Herman Cain’s long pauses in responding to a question on Libya:

It was a very long “pause.”

And to say, you know, I was thrown eight questions on different topics is not really a great defense. If you are a candidate for the presidency, you have to answer 50 different topics. Everybody is asked different questions all the time.

And to say that it was a question that wasn’t clear — he was asked whether he agreed with Obama’s handling of Libya. That is not a gotcha question….

I think he is over his head. He is winging it, particularly on foreign affairs. He had a dismal performance in the foreign policy debate over the weekend. Clearly he is not at home with many of these subjects.

And what exactly was it about Libya that he had to gather his thoughts on? It looked as if he either didn’t know where it was or what country it was or perhaps how the war turned out or what Obama’s policy was. I’m not sure what there was that required a minute of thought gathering.

On Rep. Ron Paul’s potential as a third-party candidate:

As the non-nominee, I think he could have the largest say of anybody in the country on who wins the general election. If he decides to run as an independent, he has a base which is extremely loyal, and we know how large it is.

If he ran, he could hand the election to Obama.