Morning Briefing for October 16, 2009

RedState Morning Briefing
For October 16, 2009


1. Anita Dunn: Why is being a fan of Mao more acceptable than being a fan of Hitler?

Anita Dunn is Barack Obama’s Communications Director.She tried starting a war with Fox News that left even leftwing commentators scratching their heads calling Obama a wimp. Claiming that Fox News is part of the right wing echo chamber, Dunn ran to CNN to complain about Fox News not offering sexual favors to Obama like . . . well . . . CNN and the other networks.How dare it maintain its integrity!?!Well, thanks to our friend Glenn Beck, we have Anita Dunn on tape declaring her favorite philosopher is Mao — the Chinese Hitler. Mao led the communist revolution in China and became China’s dictatorial and insanely paranoid leader.Hitler sought to exterminate a whole race of citizen. Mao decided to exterminate all of his citizens, or at least significant classes of citizenry, driving many to suicide to avoid ritualistic violence at the hands of Mao’s red brigade. Mao’s response? “China is such a populous nation, it is not as if we cannot do without a few people.”Mao’s political and philosophical writings read like Hitler’s Mein Kampf. He drove the educated classes to starvation. Kids were put in charge of adults. Educated workers were forced to work in fields. He fostered a cult of personality that affects China even today.She describes Mao as not just her favorite political philosopher, but one of the “two people I turn to most.” The other, tragically or humorously depending on your frame of mind, being Mother Teresa. I can bet you that between the two it is not Mother Teresa who Anita Dunn looks to for guidance on abortion policy.How in God’s name is it acceptable for the woman in charge of the White House’s communications shop to declare Hitler her favorite philosopher? The answer is that it is not. Why then is Mao acceptable?Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. Why would I bother?

So I’m sitting here minding my own business and get this email:

From: Rachel SlajdaSubject: request for interviewDate: October 15, 2009 11:28:55 AM EDTTo: Erick-Woods EricksonDear Mr. Erickson,Hi, my name’s Rachel Slajda and I’m a reporter for TalkingPointsMemo.com. I’m writing a bit of a profile on you and some of your recent writings, and I was hoping we could chat by phone. I’d like to get your take on how your critics respond to various tweets and posts you write, and some broader things, such as what, in your words, is the mission of RedState.What do you say?I’m heading out of the office now but I’ll be back about 1 pm and should be in for the rest of the afternoon. Give me a call whenever you can, at 212-645-xxxx.Thanks so much, and I look forward to talking with you.Best,Rachel–Rachel SlajdaNewswriter, Talking Points Memo

Now, you and I both know that given Talking Points Memo’s habitual fabrication of stories and facts and constant attacks on the right, that (A) I have become someone of note the left feels threatened by and (B) this is soooo gonna be a hit job. See e.g. here,here, here, and here.But, I was still amenable, though it’d have to be by email because I’m not where I can get use a phone right now. Then I decided if this “reporter” wants to report on me twittering, I’d see what she’s been twittering. I stumbled on to this one:”Republicans: anti-Nobel Peace Prize, anti-Olympics, anti-women’s rights, anti-universal health care. Why are we still even listening?” If you scroll back further you’ll find her contempt for social conservatives and fiscal conservatives with scornful posts about both the Values Voters Summit and tea party activists.So, my first question has to be why does she want to interview me if she thinks the left just needs to tune us out. My second would be that if she really thinks we are anti all those things as opposed to pro-America, pro-freedom, pro-free markets, and pro-quality healthcare, how could she even understand or process fairly what I say if her presuppositions are based on contempt for everything I and the right stand for, i.e. America as it is, not as the left would have it be?I think I’ll pass.Please click here for the rest of the post.As an addendum: As predicted, TPM ran its hit job. It is rather farcical highlight such “incendiary” things as me quoting Barack Obama. You can get a sense here.

3. Murtha Lackey About to Settle in at DHS?

The Washington Post reports that Tara O’Toole is poking around at the Department of Homeland Security, and apparently anticipating the Senate will confirm her nomination soon.According to Senate sources, O’Toole’s confirmation vote is currently being delayed by a Republican hold.O’Toole’s nomination is dogged by a number of concerns. As Amanda Carpenter reported not long ago, some have expressed concern over her past association with a Marxist group – which O’Toole suggests was not really Marxist.O’Toole is an ally of John Murtha.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Obama’s stimulus creates or saves 30,383 jobs

The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, the government watchdog which oversees how the stimulus monies are spent reports contractors who received money from President Obama’s failed $787 billion stimulus program created or saved 30,383 jobs by the beginning of October.According to the Wall Street Journal, this report covers only spending on infrastructure and social programs being carried out by private companies, which were awarded about $16 billion in stimulus funds. That amounts to $526,610 per job created or saved.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. Congressman Kline: Federal Curriculum 101

Last month, I joined 170 of my colleagues in voting ‘no’ on legislation that would dramatically expand the tentacles of the federal government into our nation’s classrooms. At the time, most of the attention given to the bill – both positive and negative – focused on its shift to the Direct Loan program, which turns the U.S. Department of Education into the nation’s largest (and only) provider of Stafford student loans.Establishment of a federal monopoly over the most widely used type of college financial assistance is certainly cause for concern. However, for all the attention paid to the loan programs, the creeping federal expansion into other elements of our education system has virtually been ignored.For example, perhaps you haven’t heard that the legislation creates a new $8 billion “early childhood” program that imposes federal standards on state pre-K programs. Or that it directs more than $6 billion to school construction, modernization, and renovation – making the U.S. Secretary of Education the Facilities Manager-in-Chief. The legislation also calls for $7 billion in various new initiatives to support community colleges – much of it duplicative of existing spending on job training and workforce development.Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. What a Real Leader Looks Like

A real leader looks like Mike Pence. While John Boehner and Eric Cantor have rushed to line up with ACORN and support a Republican candidate in NY-23 who is to the left of her Democrat opponent, Congressman Mike Pence, the Chairman of the Republican Conference, refuses despite pressure to join Cantor and Boehner.Pence refuses to take shots at his own side, but is also refusing to lend his money and name to a candidate craving undeserved legitimacy as a real Republican.It should be our goal to give the House Republican leadership a black eye in NY-23. Having tried to embarrass the Democrats through ACORN investigations, the House GOP decided to line up with ACORN and have a hug-fest with Scozzafava. The sheer irony is that the Democrat running would be more likely to vote with the House GOP than the Republican.But there is a third candidate, Doug Hoffman. Hoffman would caucus with the GOP and tried to become the GOP nominee, but was rebuffed by local party chairmen who picked Scozzafava.Hoffman is both viable and can win. He needs our help to pull it off.Please click here for the rest of the post.