- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy
Yeah…this isn’t the "freedom agenda" GOP anymore:
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann on Friday decried the “Arab Spring” that has toppled three dictators and given rise to pro-democracy protests across the Middle East for promoting the “rise of radical elements” across the region.
In a speech to about 400 Republicans gathered for the state party’s fall convention here, the three-term Minnesota congresswoman blamed President Obama for “the hostilities of the Arab spring” and expressed regret that “we saw (Egyptian) President (Hosni) Mubarak fall while President Obama sat on his hands.”
On the other end of the spectrum, recently departed candidate Tim Pawlenty is off to Tunisia to serve as an election monitor.