Not everyone is as star-struck as the media. “A top GOP strategist has declined a slight but very public offer from Donald Trump to join his potential 2012 presidential campaign.”
Not everyone is buying President Obama’s Libya policy as a finely calibrated compromise. (Does anyone?) Elliott Abrams explains: “A serious Libya policy would involve far greater American support for NATO’s actions in Libya, and it is remarkable after six decades of American grousing about European commitment to that organization to hear the British and French complain (rightly) about ours. A serious policy would recognize the Transitional National Council, through which the non-lethal aid is apparently being given. A serious policy would arm the Libyan rebels so that, if we won’t throw Qaddafi out, they can. And a serious policy would not cheer them into battle armed with ‘non-secure radios’ and binoculars. The Obama administration clearly thinks it has achieved a nice compromise: we’re in but we’re not in, tough rhetoric but no men on the ground, help the rebels but give them no weapons. It is a formula, for stalemate and for more rebel deaths, unworthy of our country.”
Not everyone will agree, but this could be the sleeper issue unless Obama is willing to take on radical environmentalists. “Likely GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty is using rising gas prices to poke holes in President Obama’s energy policy. The former Minnesota governor, like other GOP hopefuls, said Monday that the Obama administration should ramp up domestic oil drilling to reduce prices at the pump, which are approaching $4 per gallon on average nationally.”
Not everyone thinks the devil we know is better than the devil we don’t in Syria. Christian Whiton provides some practical advice for how we could help the Syrian people throw off their shackles.
Not everyone thinks Republican presidential candidates can wait until the fall to get in the race. Karl Rove gives some sage advice: “There gets to be a point at which you don’t have enough time to raise the money you need, and you don’t have enough time to get organized as deeply as you need to be organized for these contests. That period is probably sometime in June or July.”
Not everyone thinks the quantitative easing program (QE2) was Ben Bernanke’s finest idea. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) sends a pointed letter to the Fed chairman: “The rising price of energy, negative S&P outlook for U.S. debt and broad-based increase in the price of other commodities/goods puts the U.S. in a rapidly changing environment for expected inflation. I would strongly urge you to increase the speed with which you measure prices. Should you also find the trends that I have now heard widely about, you should prepare the Board for an early end to Quantitative Easing, along with other monetary measures to protect Americans from rising inflation.”
Not everyone can be as popular as a politician leaving a race. Tim Pawlenty kvells about Gov. Haley Barbour: “Nobody has done more than Haley to build the Republican Party over the last three decades, including last year, when I had the privilege to be his vice chairman at the Republican Governors Association. He is one of the Republican Party’s great leaders and an outstanding Governor for Mississippi. When Republicans defeat Barack Obama next year, it will be thanks to the solid party foundation Haley helped build. We wish him and Marsha the best and thank them for all that they do for their state, their Nation, and the Republican Party.”