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Morning Briefing for September 27, 2010

RedState Morning Briefing
For September 27, 2010

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1. Making ObamaCare an Issue this Fall

Now that we are in the midst of the final sprint of election season 2010, the issues that will decide the election are becoming clearer by the day. It’s about the economy and jobs. It’s about taxes.It should also be about healthcare reform.However, a recent Hotline poll showed Republican campaign insiders downplaying ObamaCare as an issue. We understand why the Republican consultants are doing this-they think the issue is too controversial and not a slam dunk winner. These are, however, the same “experts” who crowed that PA-12 was a shoe-in and HI-01 unwinnable.But they are wrong on the merits – healthcare is the top intensity issue among Independents, as survey by Doug Schoen for Independent Women’s Voice (IWV) proved. 48% of Independents replied that even if they agreed with a candidate on everything else, if they disagree with them on this issue, they won’t vote for them. Best of all, they DO disagree with ObamaCare and the gross overreach of government it mandates. But why are Republicans not making this more of an issue? They should be.More importantly, not making dismantling and defunding ObamaCare an issue this fall is terribly shortsighted. Conservatives in Congress need to come out of the election with a mandate and this is one of the issues that will give them just that. It is critical. Unfortunately, consultants and party operatives whose time horizon goes no further than 30 odd days don’t make the best long term strategic decisions.We need to do three things in the next month.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. GOTV: Can a Leaderless Army Defeat the Leviathan of the Left?

Perhaps it is from spending too many years in Chicago; or, perhaps, it is his SEIU/ACORN training. In either case, our President has a fondness for “The Chicago Way,” even going so far as once having used the line: “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.”Of course, that was in 2008 and he was talking about his political opponent, John McCain, during the campaign. However, it was a message that has many who have crossed the Obama Administration have come to learn first hand.Now, though, the President’s political opponents appear to be the American people (or at least those who cling to their guns and religion) and, instead of using the image of weaponry, Obama’s advisors apparently view an all-out assault on Americans who exercise their First Amendment Rights as not only proper, but necessary to preserve their power.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Fires, Fraud, Democrats & The SEIU: It’s a Real Work in Progress(ivism)

We’ll just lay the facts [emphasis added] out for you. Then, you can decide if you believe in coincidences:Fact One: In 2008, a group of citizens in Harris County, Texas saw what appeared to be a massive attack on the integrity of the election process.Fact Two: Last month, a mysterious fire broke out that destroyed most of the voting machines for Harris County, Texas. [Houston is in Harris County.]Fact Three: The fire occurred three days after Harris County voter registrar Leo Vasquez issued a press release stating . . .Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Department of Justice: We hire Commies now!

Back in 2008 a couple of Black Panthers engaged in a little voter intimidation in Philadelphia on Election Day. The Department of Justice went after that, it being against the law and everything… and then got told by the new administration in 2009 that only white people were going to be acceptable defendants of civil rights violations investigations done by the DoJ. We will now pause while the Left pretends that they are outraged, shocked, and indignant at the above. Well, they might be outraged: being a yellow-jacket doesn’t mean that you personally enjoy getting stung yourself. Quite the opposite, really.Moving along, there’s been a steadily-growing controversy over the whole situation, and Coates’s testimony yesterday was a bombshell. Coates – who, as the WaPo itself notes, is a Clinton appointee with ties to the ACLU – essentially said everything that I did in the last paragraph, only much more formally, and with names liberally named. Which is why the front page, and not, say, the ombudsman’s; Christopher Coates is not an easy figure to dismiss. Although I expect that there’s a staffer over at MMfA, OfA, or the DNC with a new weekend project.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. Connections and Disconnections on the Pledge to Nowhere

I’ve actually gotten a lot of heat from people on our side that I was somehow aiding and abetting the opposition by being critical of the pledge to nowhere. Sadly, I learned long ago that if we do not strongly register our dissent up front, the GOP will take our silence or politeness as strong approval for their schemes. Consider, just today, John Boehner began laying the framework for the comeback of earmarks.There is, however, one note above all that is worth pointing out. As you know I’m on my book tour (have you bought your copy yet?), which has mostly been on local radio around the country. I realize our friends at National Review like it. I know that most of my friends on the national talk radio shows have spoken kindly of it. But I’ve done over two dozen radio interviews in almost as many states since the pledge came out and only one . . . one local market talk radio host liked the pledge.There remains a great disconnect between the Beltway and the base.Now, let us never speak of this pledge again. There’s a fight for freedom on and I aim to win it.Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. For-Profit Education Under Assault

For-profit education is under assault from elitists who hate the idea of free market educational institutions. It is also under attack from bureaucrats at the U.S. Department of Education who are trying to make it hard for students to arm themselves with the education needed to find a job. Elitism is alive and well at the Department of Education.The Department of Education announced yesterday that they are “on schedule to implement new regulations of the for-profit education sector dealing with gainful employment and 13 other issues to protect students and taxpayers.” The non-profit sector feels threatened; therefore allies in the Administration are trying to use the power of the federal government to provide non profit schools a competitive edge to slow the growth of for-profit institutions. For-profit institutions are the trend and they are becoming more popular.Please click here for the rest of the post.