I am not an Obama fan, but Obama will lay low whichever of the Republican pipsqueaks comes forward. There are two problems for the Republicans. First is the fact that all these guys carry a lot of baggage which is never good. Secondly, at this stage of the game Republican voters are obviously not impressed enough with any of the candidates to make them an overwhelming choice. This bodes ill for the Republican turnout in November. The Republican primary is an incumbents dream scenario.
Knesset passes 'Norwegian Law' allowing ministers to resign their seats, remain in cabinet (Haaretz)