Morning Briefing for December 10, 2009

RedState Morning Briefing
For December 10, 2009

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1. The Very Necessary Republican Civil War

Yesterday, in an interview with the St. Petersburg Times, I said in 2010 one of my big targets is the GOP establishment. Yep. It’s being characterized as a civil war. I prefer to think of it as a coup. It is time for the grassroots to take back the party. If a fight is necessary, I’m game for that.While I was away from my computer most of the day, that statement kind of exploded yesterday.But what do I mean? It’s pretty simple.The media narrative every time Republicans lose is not that Republicans lose, but that conservatives lose. Without fail, every election cycle, made worse by John McCain being the 2008 nominee, is that conservatives cannot win. In 2008, the narrative was that conservatives cannot even make it out of the GOP primary.As often happens, the media narrative when repeated enough starts being treated as fact, particularly among Republican establishment types who crave acceptance in the media. Their thinking is pretty grade school: “Reporter says conservatives can’t win. Therefore I will not be conservative. They will look at me and say ‘winner.’”Sadly, this attitude has infected the great bulk of the Republican establishment. The only way to change this is for conservatives to win. But this year, unlike most other years, there is a very real problem. The Republican Establishment is out to beat conservatives to make sure once and for all that the media narrative is established fact.Conservatives must fight back and win in Republican primaries.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. A Kennedy Tries To Tell The Bishops How To Be Catholic

For all their protestations to the contrary, liberals have an awful habit of trying to tell people of faith, notably the Catholic Church, what their faith means and how it should apply in the political sphere. If you can stomach the irony, let’s take a look at the latest example of this genre, an opinion piece in the Politico by Robert Kennedy’s daughter, former Maryland Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. A Nobel versus a Noble Peace

The Navy SEALs have helped us reach a noble peace in Iraq. The people are largely free. The markets are largely free. The government is largely operational. Violence is down. And the bad guys keep getting captured.Recently, Navy SEALs captured the mastermind of the Fallujah massacre, Ahmed Hashim Abed. In that massacre, four Blackwater employees were rounded up and slaughtered. The SEALs have done many other fine things in the past year, and beyond, including rescuing Captain Phillips of the Maersk Alabama.Contrast them with Barack Obama who has done nothing except expand the deficit and talk. The world community who hates the men who keep us safe at night has given one of their own the Nobel Peace Prize for prospective work.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Senator Reid’s Vapor Deal

In a classic have-it-both-ways-moment, Senator Reid has been selling the media and the public the following story line: in a breakthrough deal we took out the public option, but its not dead.Uh, huh. The deal that was supposed to buy off Senator Lieberman’s opposition to any form of a public option, did not kill the public option. So, if you don’t kill the public option, how do you get Senator Lieberman’s vote?Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. White House to Congress: Nice Economy You Have There. Be a Shame if Something Happened to It.

In the wake of the Obama administration’s brazen move earlier this week to bypass Congress and enact cap-and-trade via regulatory fiat, the Obama administration has now taken to actually threatening Congress to (further) harm the economy if Congress does not cover their backside by passing unwanted legislation.Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. The Poll Republican Establishment Types Would Prefer You Ignore

What are we told about conservatives by the Republican establishment? Let’s see: they need to be seen and not heard, they are hurting us with independents, their philosophy is outmoded, they stand for nothing but “no,” and if we move right the voters will reject us.What do we know from reality?As Republicans stood up to Obama, their polling among independents went up.Independents more closely identify with conservatives than liberals.When Obama targeted Rush as too conservative, Rush’s ratings went up.More voters already view themselves as conservative than liberal.After Joe Wilson called the President a liar, Wilson racked up the cash from across the nation.And now there is this.Please click here for the rest of the post.

7. Fun Facts About Methane

On Monday, the EPA moved to regulate six “greenhouse gases” by finding that their contribution to Global Warming constitutes a hazard to human health. One of those gases is methane, the lightest and most abundant hydrocarbon, chemical symbol CH4.This finding by the EPA unmasks an unscientific charade and a regulatory power-grab.Please click here for the rest of the post.