Morning Briefing for February 2, 2010

RedState Morning Briefing
For February 2, 2010

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1. The Visuals Are Bad All Around

Bart Stupak is learning a valuable lesson in dealing with Barack Obama.The visuals all around on this look bad — especially with the Winter Olympics coming up.Congress funds a $1 million scholarship fund at Northern Michigan University for aspiring Olympic athletes. Robert Costa notesthe scholarship was renamed in 1998 for Bart Stupak’s son who had committed suicide.Stupak, you will remember, insisted that Obamacare not fund abortion, even against the wishes of Barack Obama.On Monday morning, when Obama unveiled his budget he had killed the B. J. Stupak scholarship for aspiring Olympians. The Olympics begin in ten days.Classy.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. But I Thought the Canadian System Was So Much Better

A Canadian Premier is coming to the U.S. for heart surgery. A Premier is like a Governor.We keep hearing how terrible and awful the American health care system is compared to the Canadian one. So why is he coming here?Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. On the Art of Channeling Kanye West

Senator Arlen Specter and his brash temperament are back in the news.The incorrigible Republican-turned-Democrat attended a Pennsylvania Progressive forum Saturday, opposite his primary opponent Representative Joe Sestak, where he stormed the stage prematurely during Sestak’s closing remarks.Explaining why he is best suited both professional and politically for the post, Sestak was unexpectedly greeted by Specter, prompting a moderator to bluntly ask the senator to “get off the stage.”Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Marco Rubio Takes 12 Point Lead. Let’s Help Him Finish Off Charlie Crist.

Rasmussen has the political earthquake out today. Charlie Crist’s team was unavailable for comment as they were in the bathroom collectively unable to contain themselves.Boom.But folks, we cannot afford to get complacent. We can finish off Charlie Crist now. Pledge what you can to the Marco Rubio money bomb. Let’s ensure he is in a financial position to finish off Charlie Crist and clinch the Republican nomination.Maybe this is why the media is reporting Charlie Crist had beakfast in Miami with Joe Biden the other day. Perhaps Crist is planning on jumping ship or taking a President appointment to lead up the relief effort to Haiti.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. RNC Press Shop Takes a Hit

The latest senior aide to bolt from the Republican National Committee headquarters, national press secretary Gail Gitcho is leaving to oversee Senator-elect Scott Brown’s communications operation, it was reported Sunday by CNN.Gitcho, who held communications posts in the campaigns of John McCain and Mitt Romney, is the third senior communications aide to depart in two months, fueling speculation of mid-cycle internal strife.Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. We’ve got a big announcement

The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) – a project of the American Conservative Union Foundation, in association with Young America’s Foundation and Human Events – is happy to announce that RedState.com will sponsor Bloggers Lounge. This is RedState’s first time sponsoring Bloggers Lounge. CPAC 2010 takes place February 18-20 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington D.C.As part of its responsibilities, RedState will vet and approve bloggers to attend the CPAC. “It is a pretty big deal this year,” said RedState’s Editor, Erick Erickson. “This is the first year Bloggers Lounge will be located inside the ballroom where the main event happens. Conservatives from across the country will hear people like Marco Rubio and Glenn Beck and bloggers will, for the first time, be in the room with them.”CPAC Director Lisa De Pasquale said, “We’re pleased to have this opportunity to work with Erick Erickson and RedState on CPAC’s Bloggers Lounge. Their expertise, reputation for quality content, and focus on issues important to conservatives make them the logical choice to help us lead CPAC’s modern media efforts.”More than 100 bloggers from both large and small websites will be invited to sit in Bloggers Lounge. They will be given credentials to access the room and special events will be organized for them.To apply for Bloggers Lounge credentials, please email [email protected]: If you want to be credentialed, please include your name, the name of your blog, your blog’s URL, and your twitter ID if you have one.Please click here for the rest of the post.