Morning Briefing for January 25, 2009

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For January 25, 2010

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1. Is it really ‘fringe’? And is the game coming on for Pat Hughes?

Pat Brady, the Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, says the anti-Mark Kirk element within the GOP is ‘fringe.’That’s actually not quite true and is precisely why so many conservatives in Illinois don’t like Brady or Kirk — they feel repeated disrespected and treated as fringe.In fact, considering how active the Illinois Tea Party movement is in opposing Kirk, Brady is, in effect, calling all of those activists fringe. He might want to be careful.Conservatives across the country are seriously considering a last minute air-drop of support into Illinois for Pat Hughes. The thinking goes that the last minute effort to help Scott Brown put him over the finish line and the same could be done in these last eleven days before the Illinois GOP primary.If conservatives come out early next week in an organized fashion, throw a pile of targeted money into Illinois, and rapidly drive up Pat Hughes’ name identification, the polling in Illinois suggests Hughes will win.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. JD Hayworth to Challenge McCain

There’s been speculation about this for a while, and now it’s all but official. Former Congressman JD Hayworth – a staunch conservative during his 12 years in the House – will challenge John McCain for his Arizona Senate seat.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Marion Berry (D, AR-01) cuts and runs.

Somebody call up Stu Rothenberg and Charlie Cook (ooh, Charlie had this one as Likely Democratic): they need to adjust their Democratic DOOMWatch lists again.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Congressional Democrats to AMA: Go Pound Sand

Here’s a completely unsurprising and predictable story.Do you remember how many conservatives spent months trying to figure out why the leadership of the American Medical Association signed the nation’s doctors up in support of Obamacare? Many conservatives argued that the AMA was being shortsighted – that Congressional Democrats would ultimately betray the AMA, despite the powerful group’s consistent advocacy of the president’s health care rationing bill. We knew that the AMA had made a deal with the devil: they backed Pelosi and Reid only because they promised the ‘doc fix’ – permanent relief from huge reductions in Medicare reimbursements. We said that Democrats would use the AMA endorsement and then turn against the group when they had the chance.Well, we were right.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. Filibuster “Reform” On Senate Agenda

The ink is yet to dry on Senator-elect Scott Brown’s certification to be the 41st vote against ObamaCare and the left is readying a multi-pronged attack on the filibuster. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) have opened up a front in both the House and the Senate to lower the threshold for Senate leadership to stifle debate and amendment. Don’t be fooled. These are merely first shots in an all out war by the left to exterminate the one rule in the Senate that makes it difficult for the Obama Administration to railroad though an unpopular left wing agenda.Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. Thiessen and Amanpour

I have written about this before. Marc Thiessen was on with Christiane Amanpour earlier in the week on CNN’s International network to discuss his new book. They had a heated confrontation that is well worth watching.The interview was to air on the U.S. network today, but because of the situation in Haiti, it got bumped. Nonetheless, I think you should consider taking a few minutes and watching.Here is clip one.Here is clip two.Please note that Regnery Publishing, the publisher of Marc’s book, is owned by Eagle Publishing, Inc., our parent too.Please click here for the rest of the post.