Tim Pawlenty criticizes Obama for "sitting silent for days" on Libya.
Paul Wolfowitz chides the Israelis. "It's crazy. The Israelis should welcome what's happened in Egypt," Wolfowitz told Fareed Zakaria. "If only cynically, I mean, they -- instead of associating themselves with a dead, doomed regime, they should try to find allies in Egypt. And I would assume there are millions of Egyptians who do not want to restart a war with Israel. And Mubarak wasn't such a great bargain. He filled the Egyptian state-controlled media with anti-American junk, with anti-Israeli, even with violently anti-Semitic junk. So -- but the nostalgia -- I think the nostalgia is misplaced, but it's completely irrelevant now. They and we should be thinking about the future. "
Voters knock Democratic state legislators in Wisconsin for running away. "The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that only 25% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of this tactic, while 67% disapprove. State legislators in Indiana have used the same approach to avoid a vote in their state."
Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) critique Obama's lack of initiative in Libya. " 'America should lead. The president should reverse the terrible decision he made to not support the demonstrators in Tehran,' said McCain, criticizing the White House response and calling on the Obama administration to support calls for democracy in China. Lieberman joined McCain in his critique, saying the White House response was too slow and not clear enough, though he acknowledged that the administration had been cautious in its response due to safety concerns for Americans still in Libya. 'Now is the time for action, not just statements,' Lieberman said."
The next battleground: Republican governors object to the federal government micromanaging Medicaid. "Republican governors, asking for greater flexibility to design Medicaid programs as their states face massive budget gaps, are pushing for the federal government to provide Medicaid block grants. The governors, upset with the new healthcare reform law's requirement for states to maintain Medicaid eligibility standards until 2014, said block grants would provide states with the flexibility to tinker with the safety net for the poor in a responsible way."
And you wonder why so many Americans disapprove of Big Labor? "The head of one of the nation's most powerful labor unions did not condemn the violent rhetoric in placards and signs held by union supporters demonstrating in Wisconsin despite two direct attempts Sunday to get him on the record declaring them inappropriate."
Mike Huckabee twists the knife on RomneyCare. "It's not a good plan, but he attempted something that he wanted to see would it work. You know, I think his answer ought to be not hey, it's not what I really did, it's different -- because it really isn't that much different. I don't think he ought to try to say, well, it's the same plan but they didn't implement it the right way. I mean, why doesn't he just say, we tried it, it didn't really work like we thought, but that's what states ought to do and I'm willing to take a risk. That's what leaders do." Of course, Romney's never going to say his signature achievement was a mistake.
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