Morning Briefing for August 19, 2010

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For August 19, 2010

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1. Last Chance

We have a very special RedState Gathering planned in Austin, TX from September 17th to September 19th.If you want to get a discounted hotel room, this is it. Go here and reserve now. Internet is included as are meals.Remember, at the RedState Gathering all the politicians in attendance agree to pay their own way and spend time with you on the floor, not high on a distant stage.And at this year’s RedState Gathering you’ll be able to see Governors Rick Perry and Chris Christie, Congressman Tom Graves (R-GA), gubernatorial candidates John Kasich and Nikki Haley, Senate candidate Mike Lee, California Assemblyman Chuck Devore, and more. Along the way, we’ll throw a few surprises your way, have a panel discussion, and get some stellar training from American Majority. That training will include teaching you how to take over your local precinct.Oh, and Friday night, you can be a guest of RedState’s, Governor Perry’s, and the Republican Governors Association for a fun night out in Austin.To get there though, you need to register and reserve your hotel room. You can do it all by clicking here. Hotel room rates are about to go up, so this is your last chance for the discount.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. Flaming Hypocrisy and the Convenient Constitutionalists of the Fringe Political Elite

For weeks on end the political elite in this country and their sycophants have told us we must support the Ground Zero Mosque because our founding principles demand it. This fringe group, no larger than the birthers or 9/11 Truthers and smaller than the mainstream group called the “tea party movement” the fringe political elite has labeled fringe, are not afraid to tell you that you are filled with hate and prejudice if you disagree with them.The people who want to build the mosque, after all, have a constitutional right to build the mosque. Therefore, if we do not support them in their efforts, we are bigots. How dare any of us condemn them for exercising their constitutional right.Compare the demands of the political elite and their sycophants on the mosque issue with their condemnation of NewsCorp.The parent company of the Fox News Channel dared to give $1 million to the Republican Governors Association. According to the same flaming hypocrites who will call 70% of America bigoted for not supporting the constitutional right to build a mosque at Ground Zero, NewsCorp must be burned to the ground and the Avenue of the Americas covered in salt because NewsCorp had the audacity to exercise its constitutional right to use that other bit of the First Amendment not being used by the Mosqueteers.If the political elite is going to demand we support the Ground Zero mosque because of the constitution, then they must also support NewsCorp unless they are really just what we know they actually are — convenient constitutionalists.The whole thing really and truly is just a mosquerade.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. The Growing Detachment of the Political Class

One of the talking points of the political class, shared by some Republicans and all the Democrats and talked about by many reporters as if it is fact, not opinion, is that the tea party activists have elected a host of extremist candidates who cannot win and are badly out of touch with America.Consider, however, what isn’t being bullet pointed:57% think the Democrat agenda is “extreme”
60% favor repeal of Obamacare
56% disapprove of Obama’s job performance
61% favor immigration laws like Arizona just passed
68% oppose the Ground Zero mosque
65% are angry at federal government policies
65% say America is on the wrong track

And then consider this: those candidates the Democrats and talking heads are saying are extreme on the Republican side are either ahead or neck and neck with the Democrat.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Orange Charlie’s Bad Day.

The traitorous Charlie Crist, who has shown himself disloyal to everything except his own election to the United States Senate, has had a difficult couple of days on the stump. In order to win the general election, Crist knows that he needs to walk a very fine line – especially given that the Democrats figure to run a real candidate in the race. He absolutely must have the support of people who self-identify as Republican, but are more moderate than Rubio. Which is why it wasn’t good for Crist to be caught on tape.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. Howard Dean… wants the mosque moved.

The audio is here – he’s definitely of the opinion that while the backers of the Ground Zero Mosque have the right to build one on their own property (the mainstream position), they should show some delicacy and consideration for national feelings on the matter and move the mosque somewhere else (which is also the mainstream position). Of course, being Howard Dean he later called the Republicans a bunch of race-baiters, but that’s just Howard Dean being Howard Dean. Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. Barney Frank calls Barack Obama dumb.

Come, I will conceal nothing from you: I respect Barney Frank’s political skills. I absolutely can’t stand what he uses those skills for, but I recognize that Rep. Frank has them, and that he knows how to use them effectively. To give just one example, Rep. Frank was about the only Democrat to make it through last year’s August health care meltdown without looking like either an abject coward, or a purblind fool*. You don’t have to like him – and I don’t – to recognize that.Which is why Rep. Frank calling the Obama administration “dumb” for putting out an expectation of 8% unemployment if the stimulus passed is so interesting.Please click here for the rest of the post.



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