Morning Briefing for December 18, 2009

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For December 18, 2009

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1. A year since the Wasilla Church Burning…

…which, as a reminder, was a deliberate, premeditated attempt to murder women and children via arson; and there has been no progress in the investigation since the last time I checked. In fact, despite the fact that somebody tried to burn down a church as part of a political statement – I am uninterested in feeding the delusions of those who would argue otherwise* – federal law enforcement agencies are apparently not investigating this themselves.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. Sen. Nelson (D-NE) Rejects Abortion “Compromise” — Not at Yes is the New No

The left-right-center squeeze is on. Now, Senator Ben Nelson — who was not bought off by offers of $500 million in earmarks for his state, or cowed by threats to close every Nebraska military base — has rejected the abortion “compromise” language. It’s not just abortion either, Senator Nelson also cited other concerns he had with the legislation.So, if you are counting Senators who are not YES votes, that count would be . . .Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Franken’s Axe

Senator Al Franken today caused a stir among his colleagues, breaking from the Senate’s long-held standards of collegiality when the gavel-wielding Minnesota Democrat denied Senator Joe Lieberman an additional minute to finish his remarks.Lieberman–who has been vilified by progressives for rejecting the controversial public option, most recently by MoveOn today–was interrupted by Franken when his remarks exceeded the allotted ten minutes.“I’m sorry. The senator has spoken for ten minutes,” said Franken, acting as the chamber’s presiding officer.In such occasions, members request unanimous consent from their colleagues for an additional moment or two. Such requests are summarily granted.Franken, however, had little interest in hearing the remainder of the Connecticut Independent’s remarks on Medicare. “In my capacity as the senator from Minnesota, I object,” he said, with an unmistakable smirk.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Conservative Republican Participation

Events of the past year should persuade every serious conservative that the Republican Party is the only practical party vehicle for us.For a year now, we have seen how much damage the left would do to America if they get their way.We should have no doubt now as to the disasters the left would create if conservatives, angry with terrible mistakes of many Republican politicians, say, “I hate the Republicans. Let the leftist Democrats win and take all power in the country for awhile. So what?”We know what the leftists want if they obtain all power. They are statists as ambitious for total power as Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. Without effective opposition, they would go as far as Hugo Chavez wants to go.They are on the brink of destroying the system of checks and balances and separation of powers so wisely established by America’s founding fathers.Their agenda would ruin our country for the foreseeable future, surely beyond our ability to recover in our lifetimes.Now is not the time for us to take our marbles and go home.Now is the time for all good conservatives to work together whenever we can to promote conservative principles successfully through the Republican Party.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. For the good of the GOP, will Charlie Crist drop out?

The first survey in the Florida Senate race was 54-8 in Charlie Crist’s favor. When Rubio broke into the mid-teens, Charlie Crist’s campaign said that for the good of the GOP, Rubio needed to withdraw.The NRSC endorsed campaign of Charlie Crist said Rubio would lose to Democrat Kendrick Meeks. Crist said that Rubio staying in the race would cause money to be spent unnecessarily in the GOP primary.John Cornyn and the NRSC said they were endorsing Charlie Crist because they did not want to have to spend a bunch of time and effort in Florida and . . . wait for it . . . Rubio could not win.But wait.The Rasmussen poll shows the race now tied. I suspect we will soon see other polls showing, if not a tie, the Crist lead down from 40 points to single digits, if not showing Rubio in the lead.Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. Bill McCollum, Presumptive GOP Nominee for Florida Governor, Throws Charlie Crist Under the Bus

How bad is it for Charlie Crist? So bad that the presumptive nominee for the GOP’s gubernatorial candidate has thrown Crist under the bus.Speaking at an event in Ocala, FL, Bill McCollum listed his priorities for Governor and, as the Associated Press notes, they “look[] a lot like the one Gov. Charlie Crist had in 2006: education, lawsuit limits, property insurance and property taxes.”Here is where it gets interesting. . .Please click here for the rest of the post.

7. How Cap and Trade Plans to Cripple Our Economy

If you can’t understand conceptually why a Cap and Trade system is such a bad deal, how about a concrete example?The European Union is a signatory of the Kyoto Protocols and have been dealing with a Carbon Cap and Trade system for several years. This article in today’s Wall Street Journal shows how the potential profit from the sale of carbon credits directly led to the loss of 1,700 jobs in a British steel plant.Usually, we worry about the unintended consequences of new, far-reaching regulation. As the article makes clear, however, crippling the economies of the Western Democracies for the benefit of the “developing world” (read: China and India) is precisely the intent of Cap and Trade.Please click here for the rest of the post.

8. Why we must unite behind Nikki Haley. All of us.

Interestingly, as I write this, word comes from the paper that one of the GOP candidates for Governor of South Carolina, has been AWOL from his day job. Gresham Barrett, a South Carolina Congressman, has been absent from more votes in the United States House of Representatives than any other Congressman, Democrat or Republican.Barrett is, like the other guys in the race, a good guy, but I have to ask what these guys have sacrificed for their principles. We are used to guys compromising in the name of comity and saving face and power. Rarely do we see a politician willing to be punished for sticking up for principles.That brings up to Nikki Haley. Back in 2008, Nikki Haley was up to be chairman of the South Carolina House’s powerful Labor, Commerce and Industry (LCI) Committee.Unfortunately for Haley, she had pushed legislation for greater transparency and spending restraint in the state legislature. The Republicans in the state legislature who talk a good game on fiscal conservatism, but don’t practice it, were angry. They told Haley if she did not back down, they would punish her.She refused. The House Speaker yanked her chairmanship.Haley, even then, refused to back down and forced an awkward vote for the GOP.Please click here for the rest of the post.

9. Free the SEALs

If you haven’t signed it yet, please consider signing the petition to free the Navy SEALs.As you know, several SEALs are being courtmartialed after the capture of the terrorist mastermind of Fallujah. The guy got a bloody lip.Please sign the petition. Join tens of thousands of other Americans in support of our finest.Please click here for the rest of the post.