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Morning Briefing for October 31, 2011

RedState Morning Briefing
For October 31, 2011

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1. Mitt Romney: The Magically Malleable Man of Mystery

Mitt Romney is probably thanking his lucky stars the Politico decided to drop a Sunday night hit piece on Herman Cain alleging Cain sexually harassed at least two women. Had it not happened last night, this morning the political world would be talking about George Will’s stinging take down of Mitt Romney and conservatives who support him coupled with Chris Wallace’s observation that Mitt Romney won’t come on the Sunday shows to be asked tough questions.I’ll address the Cain issue later today, but I don’t want to ignore the Mitt Romney issue just yet.Back after the 2008 campaign ended and John McCain was winding down his campaign, a McCain staffer sent me the 200 pages of opposition research the campaign had compiled on Mitt Romney. The staffer told me I might find it useful by 2012. Between computer changes, email changes, etc. I lost it.Late this spring, another former McCain campaign affiliated person sent me the same document. Ten pages in that document sum up why conservatives should think long and hard before embracing MItt Romney. And once they’ve thought long and hard about it, they should think some more.These are ten pages that explain completely why so many conservatives do not and cannot trust Mitt Romney.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. The Oppo Dump on Herman Cain Begins in Earnest

Hours after the Politico’s Roger Simon accused the GOP of being racist, the Politico begins a sincere effort to destroy the black guy running to be the GOP’s Presidential nominee. The opposition dump on Herman Cain has begun in earnest. Before getting into the details, let’s pay attention to what this means.It means for certain that Herman Cain’s lead in the polling is real — very, very real. People are taking him seriously. Mr. Cain is about to spend a week in Washington answering questions and giving speeches. Someone wanted to make sure he has a miserable week.The allegations are pretty straight forward. At least two women complained of sexual harassment by Herman Cain when he ran the National Restaurant Association. How did this play out? Well, the Politico says it learned about the allegations and then began putting together a roster of board members, etc. Someone tipped them off obviously.The Politico also says it was not widely known, even on the board. It also says “The first woman was identified to POLITICO by a former association board member and her identity was confirmed by two additional sources.” The board member learned about it all in 1999 during an event in Chicago.The hunt will now be on for who that board member is, among others. Even now I’m sure there are people cross referencing National Restaurant Association board members from 1999 with other campaigns.But who ratted out the information is far less consequential than if it was true. We’re going to see a few things happen I suspect.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. UFCW Bosses Busted For Racketeering, Extortion, Money Laundering & More…

A powerful United Food & Commercial Workers local union (348s) in New York was closed for business on Thursday as police arrested three family members who run the union local.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. The CBO Has Been Occupied by OWS’s Intellectual Inequality

One fundamental liberal desideratum is the achievement of equal results at the expense of equal opportunity. Conservatives believe in implementing policies that protect our God-given rights, which provide every human being with an equal opportunity to succeed. Liberals reject policies that foster unfettered equal opportunity because they invariably produce unequal results, being that human beings have different talents, capabilities, work ethic, and luck. On Tuesday, the CBO decided to throw in with the left-wing affinity for highlighting income inequality and advocacy for equal outcomes – outcomes that would be dictated by our venerable federal government.While the focus on income inequality in itself is a dubious endeavor for the CBO, their conclusions are downright scandalous. Their most outlandish conclusion was that income inequality has increased between 1979 and 2007 due to a decrease in “government transfers” and tax cuts for the rich.Please click here for the rest of the post.