Morning Briefing for February 11, 2010

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For February 11, 2010
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1. No.

I am hearing from multiple, prominent people that the Republicans in Washington are seriously thinking of caving and having an on camera sit down with Barack Obama even though their pre-conditions for a meeting will not be met.


Because the GOP does not want to be seen as the Party of No.

Right now the federal government is headed into its fourth straight day of closure due to weather. The nation has not stopped operating. The markets are open. The citizenry is working. Kids are going to school. Washington may be ground to a halt, but the free people of the country are working, productive, and far better off than if bureaucrats could make it into office.

In other words, the people are doing just fine without Washington being open for business. Why then do we need more of Washington? Why then do we need more government?

If the GOP meets with Barack Obama, they will be compromising for more government at a time the people want less government. That is the fatal flaw that undermines any on camera appearance. People are not saying we can’t do better. What people are saying is that Washington will make things worse.

Unless Barack Obama is prepared to unleash the free market to drive down health care costs — a sign he could only send by rejected the pre-existing plans, which are filled with government growth and mandates — there is no point to meet with him.

The GOP should not worry about being seen as the Party of No. It was saying “No” to Obama’s agenda that got Scott Brown elected. The GOP should worry about about being seen as capitulators and compromisers willing to sell out the American people for a seat at the table or a better image with the press.

Ronald Reagan said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’” The GOP should remember the American people still think that and know the GOP is all too happy to be from the government.

Mitch McConnell and John Boehner need to tell Barack Obama, “No.”

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2. John Brennan: Not A Serious Policymaker

When Obama and his fellow travelers tried desperately to engineer American defeats in two wars, hamstring covert operations directed against terrorist organizations, and carry out a “slow bleed” of American forces in combat, they were acting as the domestic arm of al Qaeda for all intents and purposes.

Since Obama’s anointing last January, he has scrupulously avoided using the terms “win” or “victory” in regards to America’s wars. He has doubted that winning is possible as Emperor Hirohito is not available to sign a surrender on the deck of the USS Missouri (link provided for the benefit of those readers who think that *I* believe that Hirohito signed the surrender document) which was certainly encouraging to the men and women fighting in Afghanistan. His feckless management of the war in Iraq, subcontracting that responsibility to America’s Rain Man, Joe Biden, with no goal beyond a withdrawal of combat forces by this summer seems designed to ensure that Iraq will remain yet another suppurating sore in a region which desperately needs stable governments. One can only conclude that the Administration is staffed by idiots and geopolitical naïfs working under the direction of a man who believes all political difficulties can be overcome by blaming President Bush.

The difference between our criticism of Obama and the criticism directed by Obama against President Bush is this: Obama’s criticism was focused on ensuring American defeats in two wars and a curtailing of American power in the world. Our criticism is focused on ensuring that Obama cannot engineer defeats in two wars we are winning and on increasing American power.

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3. Online Left: Joe Biden contemptuous of soldiers.

So sayeth Eric Robinson of Yale.
So sayeth The Political Carnival.
So sayeth Crooks and Liars. Although, to be fair, some of their commenters shared that contempt of Biden’s towards the troops.

All because of that black bracelet he wore…

Oops, sorry, that wasn’t Joe Biden; that was Sarah Palin that they were attacking. Because Robinson doesn’t have the mother-wit to tell black from bronze, and because he doesn’t have the intellectual integrity to bother to check to find out where she got the bracelet from. Turns out that gave one to her, as well as one to Vice President Biden, who (rightfully) was happy to accept it.

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4. PA-13: How scared are Dem incumbents?

Allyson Schwartz (D-PA-13) represents a district that John Kerry won 54-43. In 2008, she won 63-34. But she’s scared this year. How scared? Scared enough to put the screws into the leaders of the national and state firefighters union to get a firefighter and bar owner named Brian Haughton to not run.

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5. Former Dem Guv to Obama: Fire Kaine, White House Advisors

Former Governor of Virginia Doug Wilder Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to remove Tim Kaine–a fellow member of the Virginia Governors club who once earned Wilder’s endorsement–from his post atop the Democratic National Committee.

“[A] spate of recent losses in races that Democrats should have won underscores what has been obvious to me for a long time,” Wilder wrote in a column for Politico. “The Chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee is the wrong job for him.”

Wilder, who became the nation’s first black governor in 1990, also had tough words for the President, writing that Obama’s seemingly permanent campaign may be hindering legislative successes.

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