Morning Briefing for January 4, 2011

RedState Morning Briefing
For January 4, 2011

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1. Fight Back!

Within the next 24 hours, liberal senators will try to kill the filibuster. Many of the senators who will support killing the filibuster were its most ardent supporters when the Republicans controlled the White House and Senate. My how times change.Here’s what will happen when the Senate convenes. It will largely be ceremonial. Then Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) will raise a point of order regarding whether the Senate is a continuing body or not. Then Harry Reid will put the Senate in recess for a few weeks and try to cut deals with the Senate GOP. The Senate GOP should pre-emptively threaten to go nuclear.One enterprising Senator can blow the whole thing up by threatening to object to every unanimous consent over the next two years. It would grind the Senate to a halt. And if the Democrats decide to proceed with gutting the filibuster, the GOP needs to be prepared to blow the whole thing up.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. National debt increased 60% under Speaker Pelosi

There are lots of reasons I will not miss Nancy Pelosi’s extreme left wing speakership. There’s Air Pelosi and radical legislation such Cap and Tax and ObamaCare. But the biggest reason to cheer the end of the ultra-Liberal/Progressive Pelosi Speakership is the national debt.In the four years that Pelosi was Speaker the national debt increased an unbelievable 60%.When the Pelosi Democrats took control of Congress on January 4, 2007, the national debt stood at $8,670,596,242,973.04 — that’s $8.67 trillion. Today, the last day of the 111th Congress and Pelosi’s Speakership, the national debt is $13,871,130,353,817.40 — that’s $13.87 trillion. A $5.2 trillion in just four years.The Pelosi debt works out to $44,662 for every man, woman and child who make up the 310,574,015 U.S. populace.And Liberals wonder why they are perceived as big spenders.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Senator Jim DeMint: Conservative Of The Year 2010

Human Events has named Senator Jim DeMint the 2010 Conservative of the Year. They asked me to write the profile.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Pence for President

Let me be clear: I will support the nominee, whoever she or he may be.Right now I see plenty of candidates the establishment really likes, but very few that the grassroots could agree on across the board. Certainly Romney fans like Romney. Pawlenty fans like Pawlenty, Huckabee fans like Huckabee. But largely those fans of the individual candidates then hate the other guy.This is not like most other elections. It is not like a 1988 or 1996 or 2000 when the “heir apparent” became the nominee. That is typically how a GOP primary goes. These are extraordinary times and in extraordinary times I think you can do something extraordinary.No member of the House of Representatives has made it to the White House since the late 1800’s. The odds are surely against Congressmen. But I think Mike Pence could do it.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. East St. Louis Cops Get a Bad Case of the Blue Flu

If they had been paying attention, criminals in East St. Louis could have had run of the streets on New Years Eve when nearly an entire shift of police officers came down with something highly contagious called a strike. However, since police aren’t legally allowed to strike, it’s not called a strike. Instead, it’s called the “blue flu” and, like other union-related illnesses, it sometimes comes on all at once.On Friday, all but one of the officers called in one hour before their shift was due to start (and one day after the city council voted to lay off one-third of the police force in order to balance the 2011 budget).Oddly enough, the head of the police union doesn’t seem to think it was a strike either. In fact, it would appear that whatever affliction ailed an entire shift of East St. Louis police officers was wholly approved of by their union.Please click here for the rest of the post.