Morning Briefing for January 12, 2009

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For January 12, 2010

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1. Our Friend Paula Nowakowski

We in the conservative movement are not shy to criticize members of Republican leadership – and by implication (or occasionally, directly) their staff. But those of us who have worked on Capitol Hill know precisely how hard it is to find good staff, how hard those good staff members work, and how important they can be – not just to the members – but to the conservative cause.We lost one of the best of those staff members this weekend – our friend, Paula Nowakowski. Paula was a long time adviser to Leader Boehner, having started with him back in 1995, and was most recently his Chief of Staff.Paula was “of the revolution” and never lost her fervor for the battle. She was a friend to conservatives and did her best in the face of the Washington Republican establishment to keep the Republican Conference on the right track.I noticed when I looked for some updates online that one of the typically classy loony left posted a posthumous rant about Paula – which I know she would take as a badge of honor. I won’t link to it, but it read, in part, “…she pushed the most stringent anti-abortion crap along the political highway, and for years, she has been the chief of staff of one J. Boehner… This woman has been pushing Reagan and newt’s ultra-conservatism for decades…”Yep. And I suspect the conversation with St. Pete is going quite well.God Bless you, Paula. We’ll miss you.RIP.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. The Man Who Would Keep Us Safe From Terrorists Would Rather Focus on Baptists Than Islamic Terrorists

Had Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) not put a hold on the nomination of Erroll Southers to be the head of TSA, he might have been confirmed by the Senate without any serious digging into his background.We know, for example, that the White House now admits it did not vet Mr. Southers. In fact, were you to pass through a TSA checkpoint at the airport, you will have been more heavily vetted that Mr. Southers.But now there is new and far more troubling information about Mr. Southers caught on video. According to Erroll Southers, pro-life Christians and our support of Jews is a bigger threat to national security than Al Qaeda.Mr. Southers, in 2008, said he was more worried about “Christian identity” terrorist groups inside the U.S. than islamic terrorists. What are “Christian identity” terrorist groups? White-supremacists naturally. The KKK. And the Southern Baptist Convention.Southers identifies pro-life groups and anti-government activists as particular problems.Yes, you read that right. Mr. Southers is worried more about tea party activists than Islamic terrorists.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. I’m Afraid Sarah Palin Might Be Ruining Herself Unintentionally

I swore I was going to keep my mouth shut on this, but I keep getting emails from people along the lines of “if you don’t say it, who will?”Yeah, I guess I have become that guy.I am afraid Sarah Palin is going to harm herself unintentionally over this tea party convention in Nashville.Full disclosure: I have asked several of the tea party organizations that, early on, I was supportive of to stop using my name and RedState’s logo. I think the tea party movement has largely descended into ego and quest for purpose for individuals at the expense of what the tea party movement started out to be.That’s not to say it is in every case. I have much good to say about groups like Tea Party Patriots, but I think this national tea party convention smells scammy.Let me be blunt: charging people $500.00 plus the costs of travel and lodging to go to a “National Tea Party Convention” run by a for profit group no one has ever heard of sounds as credible as an email from Nigeria promising me a million bucks if I fork over my bank account number.I am led to believe a number of the sponsors who lent their names early on have grown wary of the event. That lines up with what I am hearing.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Harry Reid Among The Race Hypocrites

By now most of you have seen Harry Reid’s reported remarks, from a book on the 2008 election, enthusing that Barack Obama could be a successful presidential candidate because he was “light-skinned” and “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” The real story here is the Left’s hypocrisy: Reid has committed a sin that would be unpardonable by anyone but a Democratic politician.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. What Hath Barack Obama Wrought?

I know I am not the only one who has said we’re playing with idiocy in Barack Obama’s efforts to try terrorists in civilian courts.Check out this news.”A federal judge has tossed out most of the government’s evidence against a terrorism detainee on grounds his confessions were coerced, allegedly by U.S. forces, before he became a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay.”Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. Charlie Crist Will Drop Out of the Senate Race

The Crist campaign says it is not true, but the writing is on the wall. Again and again the media turns against Crist.Another blow to the Crist campaign came today as the Republican National Committee’s War Room sent out this unflattering story about the failures of the Crist campaign.The RNC did that.But Crist valiantly made a blow stand this evening in Pinellas County. It is his home county. After seeing Marco Rubio win every single straw poll of every single county in Florida that has had them so far, Crist knew that tonight he would win the Pinellas County GOP straw poll. It is, after all, his own freaking county.Crist lost. The vote was 106-54 in Marco Rubio’s favor. In Charlie Crist’s home county.Charlie Crist is going to drop out of the U.S. Senate primary in Florida. The writing is on the wall. It reads “Mene Mene Tekel Parsin“.Please click here for the rest of the post.

7. Patrick Hughes v. Mark Kirk: Illinois May be a Test Case for the Effectiveness of Tea Parties

February 2, 2010 is the Illinois Republican Primary. Less than one month away. Patrick Hughes is running an upstart campaign against the would be Republican nominee, Mark Kirk. Patrick Hughes is as far right as Kirk is as far left.Patrick Hughes aims to harness the conservatives and tea party activists in Illinois who feel marginalized by Kirk and the Democrats further to the left of him. On Friday, Mark Levin endorsed Patrick Hughes and urged conservatives to rally to Patrick Hughes in this last month before the primary.It makes a compelling case to see just how rapid a response the tea party activists and conservatives can make in a Republican Primary. Should Patrick Hughes win the GOP primary, it would send shock waves across the nation and severely shake the foundations of the GOP establishment.Please click here for the rest of the post.