Morning Briefing for February 18, 2010

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For February 18, 2010

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1. Sharon and Mt. Vernon

Back in the 60’s, people did things like get together and hammer out shared statements on unifying goals. In 1960, William F. Buckley and a group of likeminded conservatives, put together the Sharon Statement. Adopted on September 11, 1960, the statement provided a broad, general statement of principles around which conservatives could rally.The statement has stood the test of time.Today, fifty years later, conservatives are gathering at Mt. Vernon outside of Washington, D.C. to sign on to the Mt. Vernon Statement. I’m a signer and I’m out at Mt. Vernon today.This statement is not intended to replace or supplant the Sharon statement, which stands the test of time — including its statement on communism.The goal of the Mt. Vernon Statement is to provide a central platform around which social, economic, and fiscal conservatives can find common ground for the operation of government and society. Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. The National Republicans Dig In Their Heels on Fiorina

With friends like these rallying around Carly Fiorina, she doesn’t really need many enemies.“Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who has done more than any Democrat to keep climate legislation alive this year” went out to California the other day to campaign for Carly Fiorina.After being battered for the ridiculous Demon Sheep web ad, Fiorina probably could use the help, but with Dana Milbank praising Graham around the same time for out doing the Democrats on keeping cap-and-tax alive (a position Fiorina supports) it probably wasn’t a wise move.But it’s not just Graham who is going all in. In a concerted NRSC effort, all the major leaders who have been sabotaging GOP gains in recent years are rallying around Carly.Mitch McConnell is holding a fundraiser for her. No doubt he will regale her with tales of how she too can kowtow to the Democrats and obstruct people like Tom Coburn who simply wanted the health care bill read.Lamar Alexander is helping too. You remember Lamar! right? He’s the Senate Republican leader who lectured the GOP on offering up “differentiating legislation”, i.e. legislation that would highlight Democrat vulnerabilities, and instead insisted the GOP offer up “common ground legislation” so they could show the public the GOP is willing to work with the Democrats.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. From Pelosi, With No Love

An unusual fundraising email Wednesday greeted the inboxes of supporters of the National Republican Congressional Campaign. In an email “from” Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, “naive” Republicans were instructed to stop fretting over rising unemployment figures because “Democrats are in control now.”“We are creating a dependence on the government and we are succeeding,” the email, dripping with an rare degree of sarcasm for beltway correspondence, read. “[J]ust look at how great things are one year after Democrats passed the ultra-successful stimulus bill.”The email, which was also posted to the Committee’s web site, has not yet elicited responses from Speaker Pelosi’s office or their Democratic campaign counterpart, according to an NRCC official.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Mugged By Reality: The Misgovernment of San Francisco

I have not previously followed the work of San Francisco political reporter Benjamin Wachs of SF Weekly; apparently he’s an increasingly cynical and disenchanted liberal following the ever-appalling doings of San Francisco city government. Thanks to the heads-up from Josh Trevino, it’s worth taking a little time to look over Wachs’ uproariously acid farewell to his beat, which practically defines “going out in a blaze of glory.” Seriously, read the whole thing.The real meat, though, is in a lengthier article by Wachs and Joe Eskenazi from December on how San Francisco is, in their view, “The Worst-Run Big City in the U.S.”.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. The ObamaCare Nuclear Option

Over at NROnline’s The Corner, Daniel Foster wrote an interesting piece where he explained how Vice President Joe Biden could press the button to launch the Senate’s reconciliation Nuclear Option. This strategy is the only way the Democrats can get ObamaCare across the finish line and to the President’s desk in the next few weeks. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s office has come up with this partisan strategy to pass a version of ObamaCare that must start in the House. They need the help of Vice President Biden to usher the bill through the Senate’s consideration, because the plan includes the Vice President issuing rulings, as President of the Senate, that will avoid a filibuster. Ironically, the Pelosi strategy is all happening as President Obama’s schedules a public bipartisan meeting of the House and Senate to work on a deal to find common ground on health care reform. The President and Democrats are readying the ObamaCare Nuclear Option if the summit does not produce a deal. ObamaCare has been soundly rejected by the American people. The election of Senator Scott Brown in Massachusetts and poll numbers (thank you Real Clear Politics) prove that people don’t want ObamaCare — yet the Obama Administration and Members of Congress are still attempting to pass a version of this bill. As a result of the election of Brown and the sagging poll numbers for ObamaCare, the Democrats have come up with a partisan strategy to pass ObamaCare in the form of the Health Care Nuclear Option.Please click here for the rest of the post.