Sen. John McCain has this right: "The lessons of Egypt appear clear: Three decades spent silencing moderate voices in order to fight extremist ones has had exactly the opposite effect: Radical groups are empowered, and responsible citizens are unorganized. ... As President John F. Kennedy said: 'Those who make peaceful change impossible make violent change inevitable.'"
Leslie Gelb gets this right. "[T]he Obama White House hasn't helped matters by shifting policy ground almost daily, causing confusion, and thereby squandering America's credibility and limited but precious influence. President Obama has got to learn the fundamental rule of dealing with careening crises: State your basic principles and then shut up publicly! (Meaning, just boringly repeat your mantra daily.)"
This sure isn't right. "Expect Dems to try a bit harder in the days ahead to turn the tables on Republicans by arguing that the repeal push itself creates uncertainty for businesses." First, Dems could remove the uncertainty right now by agreeing to repeal Obamacare. And second, if you took a poll of every employer in American and asked, "Would you rather be certain there is no relief from ObamaCare or have the potential to repeal it?" don't we think a huge majority would root for a shot at repeal? And if corporate America is now accepted as the judge in whether to repeal or not, you'll have a bunch of very giddy Republicans.
Even though it's Mohamed ElBaradei this sounds right. "I mean, the U.S. was very clear that he should go. Frank Wisner yesterday came with this statement saying that Mubarak must stay, which created a lot of confusion, a lot of disappointment, I should tell you, here in Egypt." Does he not appreciate "smart" diplomacy?
Lee Smith has this rightonlin. "The fact that Obama has lowered the U.S. profile in the Middle East has not only frightened friends and galvanized adversaries; it has created a vacuum in which every actor, friend and foe, feels free to ignore Washington's wishes. Mubarak knew he could get away with crossing Obama because no one in the region has paid a price for going against the White House--if, that is, the administration even saw fit to speak out."
If you want to run for something this tactic can't possibly be right. "Former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was scheduled to speak at an event for a Colorado nonprofit group May 2, but the event was canceled the day after it was announced due to "an onslaught of personal attacks" against Palin."
If you want to devise an effective strategy for defanging Obamacare this approach sounds right. Mitch Daniels propose to make the feds run the insurance exchanges unless the states are allowed to do things like "decide which insurers are permitted to offer their products" and get "the law's expensive benefit mandates . . . . waived, so that our citizens aren't forced to buy benefits they don't need and have a range of choice that includes more affordable plans." In other words, let the states repeal Obamacare state-by-state.
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