Morning Examiner: The audacity of hypocrisy 

Politics for me but not for thee: President Obama and Majority Leader Harry Reid were both on message in separate interviews with ABC News yesterday. Obama told George Stephanopoulos: “[T]hat was just a example of a new Senator, you know, making what is a political vote as opposed to doing what was important for the country.” Meanwhile Reid told Jonathan Karl: “I shouldn’t have done that. I’m kinda embarrassed I did. It was a political maneuver by we Democrats.” Obama also suggested that Senate Democrats may have to pass the debt ceiling without any GOP votes. But Obama is gonna need at least some GOPers to move the debt hike through the House. After all their talk of economic Armageddon, could the White House really say ‘no’ to a House debt limit raise that defunded the most unpopular parts of Obamacare?

State Obamacare rebellion grows: This Wednesday, The Examiner editorialized on the growing movement among the states to reject federal grant money for setting up Obamacare compliant health insurance exchanges. That movement received a tremendous boost yesterday when Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin announced she would return a $54 million HHS grant. Other governors, like Florida’s Rick Scott, have already returned some HHS Obamacare money, but Fallin’s $54 million is by far the largest amount returned so far. While this development is not entirely surprising considering that Obamacare’s poll numbers continuing to tank, state’s also need every penny to balance their budgets. This news also ups the pressure on sitting GOP governors who harbor 2012 ambitions, like Govs. Haley Barbour and Mitch Daniels, to return the Obamacare implementation money their states already accepted.

Libya liability: Obama’s Libyan adventure continues to look like an unmitigated disaster. A Reuters headline reads “U.S., allies see Libyan rebels in hopeless disarray” and the story reads: “U.S. government experts believe the state of the opposition is so grave that it could take years to organize, arm and train them into a fighting force strong enough to drive Gaddafi from power and set up a working government.” And the BBC reports that NATO is not receiving the planes it needs from ally members to properly support the rebels. Here at home, University of Texas professor Alan Kuperman examines Human Rights Watch casualty data from the fighting in Misurata and concludes that the White House claims of a potential “bloodbath” in Benghazi were greatly exaggerated.

2012 round up: In an email to his former Club for Growth colleagues, new Tim Pawlenty pollster Jon Lerner admits the former Minnesota governor has “bad marks” but meets the Bill Buckley test: “the most conservative candidate in the field who is electable.” … At The Corner, Mitt Romney blogged on Obama’s debt speech under the header “President Obama Goes from Wrong to Dishonest” … Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker identified Mitch Daniels as a model for dealing with government unions … Paul Ryan takes to The Washington Post to respond to Obama’s debt speech.

Righty Playbook:

  • A Cato video titled “Obama/Boehner’s Phony Spending Cuts” is making the rounds on conservative blogs.
  • Will Wilkinson details the tax redistribution chicanery in Obama’s budget speech.
  • Power Line‘s John Hineraker scores another correction from The New York Times about the Koch brothers.

Lefty Playbook:

  • Andrew Sullivan’s Conor Friedersdorf blames President Bush for popularlizing torture among America’s youth.
  • Think Progress hits Rep. Mike Pence for a 2002 statement: “‘I Truly Believe If You Owe Debts, You Pay Debts” and Sen. Chuck Grassley for his 2006 position that the debt limit should no be used to lower spending.
  • Daily Kos‘ Joan McCarter has some fun with Sen. Jon Kyl’s Planned Parenthood ‘misstatement.’

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