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Morning Briefing for September 13, 2011

RedState Morning Briefing
For September 13, 2011

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1. The Headline Goes Here

No, that title is not a placeholder or an error. “What’s your headline,” so many people came up to me and asked last night after the CNN Tea Party Debate.There are so many headlines about the debate. You all, I’m sure, want the quick and dirty scoop.The short answer is Rick Perry won, but only be default. He had a stellar one hour and fifteen minutes until the full on conservative assault against his HPV decision and immigration decision began. Everyone took bites out of him, Huntsman choked on his bite, but Perry won because no one else did. This is the first debate this election cycle where Mitt Romney did not win.But Perry’s win was a win by default in the end because he has a potentially fatal problem. I’m not sure if it is the candidate or the staff. But I could have told you a month ago Perry was going to get attacked on the HPV issue and the immigration issue and he flubbed both responses. When the crowd went from cheering Perry to booing him, he lost his calm, even paced conversational tone. He stammered, talked fast, and had a funny disposition on his face.He locked in his lead, I think. Neither the HPV or immigration issue are fatal when Mitt Romney is up there sounding like a Democrat in a tea party debate. Romney really hurt himself badly with those answers on social security, etc.The other headline is Michele Bachmann, who largely sat out the first hour attacking Perry, went after Perry with reckless, wonderful, passionate relish during the second half of the debate. She played outraged mom and played it well. She proved she still has what it takes. The downside for Bachmann is that she proved it on an issue that is not consequential right now. Perry’s HPV decision may disgust me and many of you — it was a horrible decision — but it’s still an election about jobs, the economy, and who can beat Obama. Right now, 42% of Republicans think that’s Rick Perry, not Mitt Romney and not Michele Bachmann. On top of that, the GOP critics can’t find anyone who was a “victim” of the law because the law was so quickly undone.That begs another headline: “GOP candidate give Perry more hell for an undone executive order than Romney got for still supporting Romneycare.”Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. Congress Should Support Israel’s Right to All Land Ahead of UN Vote

The video shows the jubilant celebrations taking place in Gaza, while we were attacked on September 11. No, it wasn’t just a few “extremists” who were celebrating; it was the average Joe Palestinian. Unfortunately, not only have we declined to treat them as an enemy, we have refused to cut off any foreign aid. Instead, the Bush and Obama administrations have diverted our diplomatic resources towards the insane ‘peace process’ and the inexorable goal of a Palestinian state.Over the past few years, we have given over $600 million a year to this terrorist entity, which receives more per capita aid than any other people or nation. This includes, direct assistance, weapons, security training, infrastructure, and funds transferred through UNRWA. In July, Congressman Joe Walsh (R-IL) introduced the Palestinian Accountability Act (H.R. 2457), which seeks to cut off aid to the PA. Last week, he introduced a resolution expressing the support of Congress for Israel to annex Judea and Samaria, if the PA unilaterally declares statehood.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Crickets Chirp As White House Spams & Sends Out Union Press Releases

Last week, many Americans watched President Obama stand in front of of his teleprompters and Congress and sell—no, demand—a still unwritten bill dubbed the American Jobs Act. While the President certainly gives an entertaining teleprompted speech, his demands were reminiscent of a third-world barter between a goat herder and a villager: In exchange for two goats (temporary tax cuts), you can give your daughter and her dowry (nearly another half a trillion dollars) to the goat herder so he can give them both to his union boss friends.The very next day, Obama hit the campaign trail to demand that the House pass the unwritten bill even as employers and Wall Street shrugged at the unwritten plan.Please click here for the rest of the post.