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Posted at 7:45 AM ET, 02/ 7/2011

Morning Bits

By Jennifer Rubin

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.


By Jennifer Rubin  | February 7, 2011; 7:45 AM ET
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Comments

So yesterday you were full of optimism:

"There seems to be cause for optimism that Hosni Mubarak might be pushed aside in favor of a transitional government. The Post reported Saturday:

A group of about 30 Egyptian intellectuals, writers, business leaders and legal experts has met with Vice President Omar Suleiman and Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq in recent days. Members of the group have demanded that Mubarak turn over his authority to Suleiman, who would use it to manage a transition to democracy while Mubarak remains as a figurehead president until new elections."


BUT, today you want to make sure that no matter how this turns out in Egypt, Obama will have done a bad job!

"[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."

Jennifer, your single-minded prejudice against the President is so awkward, so obvious, and so embarassing, it has grown to elephant sized proportions.

If one of the President's daughters grows up to find a cure for cancer you will praise her to the high heavesn and add that it is remakable that she overcame having Obama as a father to do it.

Posted by: johnmarshall5446 | February 7, 2011 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Jen,

I look forward to your critical evolution on Palin from she won't run to she won't be the nominee to she won't win the general election to she won't be a good president.

I think your determination to run Palin down is going to color your every perception of her from here on out and its a shame. She is perhaps the strongest advocate of the issues you say you care about in all a long time.

Posted by: steven2012 | February 7, 2011 11:04 AM | Report abuse

"I look forward to your critical evolution on Palin from she won't run to she won't be the nominee to she won't win the general election to she won't be a good president."

Funniest post of the day. The poster is too clueless to understand that a person with such strong opposition on her side of the political spectrum has no shot at winning over anyone on the other side or in the middle.

Palin is not going to run; Rubin is just shoveling dirt on her carcass.

Posted by: Observer691 | February 7, 2011 4:32 PM | Report abuse

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