Morning Briefing for December 22, 2009

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For December 22, 2009

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1. We Are No Longer a Nation of Laws. Senate Sets Up Requirement for Super-Majority to Ever Repeal Obamacare

If ever the people of the United States rise up and fight over passage of Obamacare, Harry Reid must be remembered as the man who sacrificed the dignity of his office for a few pieces of silver. The rules of fair play that have kept the basic integrity of the Republic alive have died with Harry Reid. Reid has slipped in a provision into the health care legislation prohibiting future Congresses from changing any regulations imposed on Americans by the Independent Medicare [note: originally referred to as “medical”] Advisory Boards, which are commonly called the “Death Panels.”It was Reid leading the Democrats who ignored 200 years of Senate precedents to rule that Senator Sanders could withdraw his amendment while it was being read.It was Reid leading the Democrats who has determined again and again over the past few days that hundreds of years of accumulated Senate parliamentary rulings have no bearing on the health care vote.On December 21, 2009, however, Harry Reid sold out the Republic in toto.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. A Lesson From Christmas of 1776

The first key vote has been cast. The Democrats got their 60. But there will be several more votes.Yes, this Christmas, the American people face a tyrannical Congress and narcissistic President hell bent on forcing upon them – over their clear opposition – a healthcare bill that will reduce the quality of American healthcare, cost trillions of dollars, increase taxes, empower the national government to mandate what the American people must or mustn’t buy, and that will, among many other immoral things, provide federal funding for abortions.But this is not the first Christmas Americans have faced daunting odds. The Christmas of 1776 should serve as inspiration for us.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. What About Those Messaging Amendments?

What did I say about Mitch McConnell’s “messaging strategy” early on? The GOP would need to offer up amendments that made it very difficult for the Democrats to vote against the particular amendments — from the Doc Fix to requiring everyone be on the Democrats’ plan including Senators, etc. etc, etc.Karl over at Hot Air has been paying closer attention than me to the offered Republican amendments and finds McConnell’s strategy to be an embarrassment across the board.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Obama Administration Repatriating Gitmo Detainees to Failed States

Administration officials last week quietly repatriated twelve Guantanamo Bay detainees, seen as a prelude to the White House honoring President Barack Obama’s pledge to shutter the controversial detention facility by January 22.Among those released were six Yemenis, four Afghanis, and two Somalis, many of whom have been in American custody for the last eight years.The two Somalis, Mohammed Sulaymon Barre and Ismael Arela, were entrusted into the custody of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) by Justice Department officials. A former British protectorate known locally as Somaliland received the pair and, according to local press accounts, immediately freed the former terror suspects.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. Well Done, NRSC

So Rudy Giuliani made it official today that he will not challenge Gillibrand for her NY-Sen seat. For those who have not been keeping track, polls have shown Giuliani consistently leading Gillibrand by a relatively comfortable margin. By way of contrast, Gillibrand and Pataki (who will almost certainly get the GOP nod with Rudy out of the race) are currently neck-and-neck in polling. So, the NRSC’s failure to recruit Giuliani into this race, given NY’s partisan tilt, moves this race effectively from toss-up to leans dem territory.Also today, yet another poll was released showing that North Dakota Governor John Hoeven would crush Byron Dorgan in a hypothetical matchup for Dorgan’s Senate seat. The poll also showed Duane Sand (the presumptive GOP nominee in Hoeven’s absence) trailing Dorgan by a healthy margin. In other words, if the NRSC successfully recruits Hoeven, this race instantly becomes “Likely R” – if not, it remains “Likely D.” The problem here is that Hoeven said in 2008 that he would likely make a decision on his entrance into the race by September or October of 2009. That time frame has come and gone, and not a peep from Hoeven. Thus, while the time for Hoeven to enter the race has not passed (the official filing deadline is in next April), the signs do not look promising for Hoeven’s entrance into the race.So, to recap, in 2 races where the NRSC could have recruited a candidate who polled better against the Democrats by double-digits, they are thus far 0 for 2.Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. The Conservatives in the Races

Do you believe that conservatives can win general elections?Do you think that the GOP has the best chance since 1994 to make gains in the House and Senate this coming year?If you answered yes to both questions, let me ask you another one: why shouldn’t the GOP try to nominate viable conservatives in its primaries instead of just going with the candidate the conventional wisdom thinks can win up front?Look at Marco Rubio. He started the race at 8% and is now tied with the incumbent Governor of Florida for the GOP nomination.I keep hearing that we need to back X candidate because that candidate can win. Really? Isn’t that what the NRSC said about Crist?Please click here for the rest of the post.

7. Dick Cheney: Conservative of the Year

In a perfect axis of all powerful conservatism, John Bolton writes the profile of Human Events’ Conservative of the Year.The winner is Vice President Cheney.Please click here for the rest of the post.