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Posted at 7:45 AM ET, 02/28/2011

Morning Bits

By Jennifer Rubin

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.

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 28, 2011; 7:45 AM ET
Categories:  Morning Bits  | Tags:  Jennifer Rubin  
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Wisconsin should copy Virginia, Indiana, etc. and ban all public sector unions.

AFSCME should not exist.

They should also make WI a Right To Work state. Nobody should be forced by law to pay dues to union thugs just to keep their job.

Posted by: TominColorado | February 28, 2011 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Huckabee is spot on with that hypothetical quote. Romney will never get credit for installing a good health care plan in Massachusetts, because it isn't good. But he should get credit for making an attempt and recognizing that it failed.

Half a loaf is better than none only when you accept it.

Posted by: IsraelP | February 28, 2011 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Yes, by all means choose the Governor of Arkansas over the Governor of Massachusetts based on their healthcare records. That should do wonders in the general election.

Posted by: oldabandonedbeachhouse | February 28, 2011 8:55 AM | Report abuse

If there's no money, there will be a poor healthcare record.

Just because someone has insurance, doesn't mean that person will get the necessary care in the time needed. Canada proved that. Windsor was supposed to get 2 heart surgeons to perform angioplasty in 2008, IIRC.

Think about that - 2008. A former boss had 1 in 1991.

Posted by: gopthestupidparty | February 28, 2011 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Why don't we take a look at IsraeliCare? Israelis have universal health care and according to one of the Israelis who post on this blog, it's one of the finest health care systems in the world.

Why reinvent the wheel and just use what works for other countries?

Posted by: mfray | February 28, 2011 11:02 AM | Report abuse

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