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Morning Briefing for May 25, 2011

RedState Morning Briefing
For May 25, 2011

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1. The GOP Loss In New York Was About New York, Not Paul Ryan

Republicans suck in New York. Period. End of Story.The GOP lost the special election in NY-26 and the media and Democrats are heralding it as proof that the GOP is getting punished for wanting to reform medicare.Back when the GOP lost the 2009 special election in New York featuring Dede Scozzafava, et al, the Democrats heralded the GOP defeat as proof that Republican opposition to Obamacare and being the “Party of No” was a clear sign that the Democrats were right on the agenda and the GOP’s obstruction of Barack Obama would be punished by the voters.That was before the GOP went on to win the Virginia and New Jersey gubernatorial races and pick up Ted Kennedy’s (!!!!) seat in Massachusetts.To say that this special election defeat of the GOP is a repudiation of the GOP’s efforts on Medicare is laughable on its face.The truth of the matter is that the Republican Party of New York sucks and has sucked for a while. It is especially terrible at special elections where the out of touch party leaders pick state legislators who everyone hates and runs them.Jane Corwin is a sitting member of the NY State Legislature, just like Jim Tedisco, just like Dede Scozzafava, and she was handpicked by the party elders. Notice a trend?When the GOP made major gains in New York State in 2010 they did so by avoiding like the plague Republican members of the state legislature, including a “retired FBI agent, retired colonel, eye doctor, businessman, small town mayor, and an attorney.”Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. Conservatives Stand to Lose Big in 2012

After the historic gains made by conservatives — not just Republicans — in 2010, the conservative movement stands to slide back and lose in 2012.I’m not talking about the race to the White House. I’m talking about the United States Senate. At a time when Senate Republicans refuse to lead and Mitch McConnell is doing his best to marginalize the solid conservatives, the right is distracted by the White House. The same GOP that tried to stick the right with Trey Greyson, Charlie Crist, Mike Castle, and more is going to try again. If conservatives are not vigilant, they’re going to be stuck with the likes of Heather Wilson, etc.Let’s review the lay of the land and the states I’m interested in.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Tornadoes And AGW?

Global Warming must be remarkable. It not only spawns more tornadoes, but it aims them directly for urban areas these days. It most likely does neither, and I’ll lay off the snark. What happened recently in both Joplin, MO., and Tuscaloosa, AL was very serious and very dangerous.It just requires certain patience, I guess. It requires equipoise not to slam backers of the Rapture by Anthropogenic Global Warming Cult when they hitch their theoretical wagon to any unpleasant weather event that comes to pass and claims that this proves our climate is being irreparably changed. Just recently, we all got reminded of how it was the 5-year anniversary of “An Inconvenient Truth.” As if anyone needed reminding that there was such a theory as The Greenhouse Hypothesis.Fortunately, more intelligent commentators have taken up the question of whether AGW was increasingly causing strong tornadoes. ABC News asked Greg Garbin of The National Weather Center about the connection between tornadoes and AGW. They ask him the question point-blank below.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Benjamin Netanyahu’s Speech to Congress: a Reinforcement, not a Renegotiation

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to a joint session of the U.S. Congress for the second time today (and for the first time in fifteen years), fresh off a meeting with President Obama on Friday, Obama’s Middle Eastern address Thursday, and dueling weekend speeches between the two leaders at AIPAC.The first few minutes were well-used defining the scope of the current fight against Islamist extremism (”from the Khyber Pass to the Straits of Gibraltar”), pointing out the genocidal rhetoric and growing nuclear capability of an Iranian regime whose only pause in its drive toward becoming a nuclear weapons state came when it truly feared military action, and welcoming the Arab revolutions while cautioning that 1979 Iran provides a foreboding precedent that should inform us all of how wrong such actions can go, even when undertaken with the best of intentions.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. The NLRB’s Opening Of Pandora’s Box Beyond Boeing

Since President Obama’s National Labor Relations Board announced its prosecution of the Boeing Company last month, there has been much commentary around the topic and its possible effects. Some have stated that the attack on Boeing is an attack on Right-to-Work states (even though it applies to companies in all states), others have correctly stated that the NLRB wants to make unions an ‘equal partner’ in the running of business. Some also add that the NLRB’s actions will create further incentive for businesses to avoid union-heavy blue states as well as raise the possibility of sending more U.S. jobs overseas. What has not been addressed until now is just how the legal theories behind the NLRB’s dangerous prosecution of Boeing, if successful, could apply to companies without unions, as well.Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. Obama Lied, AIPAC Died

At the AIPAC conference on Sunday, Obama continued to propagate his lies and ignorance regarding the history of U.S. foreign policy towards Israel. Undaunted by recent criticism, Obama doubled down on his demand that Israel return to indefensible borders by creating a contiguous Palestinian state. As such, he continued to display his ignorance of the geographical reality that a contiguous Hamas-Fatah state bordering Jordan and Egypt, as stipulated in both speeches, means a noncontiguous Israel. I guess he can see a Palestinian state (and unicorns) from the White House.He also regurgitated his cloddish platitude that Hamas must “accept the basic responsibilities of peace.” I could only imagine FDR declaring that the Nazis must change their ways and accept responsibility for peace. Moreover, Obama’s teleprompter continued to lie about the dangers of the “Arab Spring”, especially in Egypt, to Israel’s (and America’s) security. He even castigated them by saying, “If there is a controversy, then, it’s not based in substance.” Concurrently, he made sure to mention the names of his token liberal Jews like Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod, and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz so that everything would appear kosher. It was also helpful that Imam Magid, an unindicted co-conspirator with Hamas, wasn’t in attendance this time, as he was last Thursday.Please click here for the rest of the post.