Morning Briefing for August 20, 2010

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For August 20, 2010

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1. Democrats Told To Stop Campaigning On Obamacare

The Politico headline is actually New Dem message: ‘Improve’ health care, don’t talk cost , but that is not wholly what is going on. What is going on is a recognition from the Democrats that after a year of trying to sell Obamacare as a panacea of right thinking and improvement, the voters headed to the polls in November disagree and are angry.Consequently, the Politico notes that Democrats are abandoning all pretenses of selling Obamacare to the public and have cut and run back to “if you don’t replace us with the Republicans, we promise we will improve it.”And the kicker — the revised talking points counsel that Democrats should avoid making the claim that Obamacare will reduce costs and cut the deficit. In other words, the two main selling points are being tossed out the window.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. Obama, Islam, And Subservient Media

From a story in today’s Washington Post headlined Poll shows more Americans think Obama is a Muslim.Wonder why that is?What is illustrative about this story is that roughly the same number of people believe Obama is a muslim and was born outside the United States as believe a mosque should be built on Ground Zero and the US Government was behind 9/11 — too bad we can’t do a Venn Diagram here.If the Post is puzzled as to why this should be the case, it need look no further than the flaccid, sycophantic coverage it has given Obama the Senator, Obama the Candidate, and Obama the President.With this particular president, the debate is over. Any story, no matter how ridiculous, will gain a substantial following because the media have sacrificed their credibility. Maybe in 2012, if we’re lucky, or 2016, if we’re not, the media will return to doing the job it claims it wants to do, to play a constructive role in our political process. They can do that by treating the candidates they like the same way they treat those they don’t like.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Obama Appoints Maria del Carmen Aponte as Ambassador to El Salvador

This is huge news coming on the heels of Barack Obama’s support for the Ground Zero Mosque.He has appointed Maria del Carmen Aponte to be Ambassador to El Salvador.Three United States Senators have a hold on her nomination. Why? Because she had a longterm relationship with a top Cuban spy. She withdrew as a Clinton appointee back in the 90’s because of it.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Distracting Republicans with the Ridiculous and Absurd

With the revelation that roughly as many Americans believe that Barack Obama is a Muslim as those who believe that building a mosque at Ground Zero is a swell idea, democrats and the media (so far as they are distinguishable) have apparently cottoned to a new type of “pin the extremist on the Republican”: asking Republican candidates whether they believe Obama is a Muslim.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. War on Food McEscalating

I like bacon. I know, courageous stance right? Bacon is one of the delights of life on this earth. It’s a universal good, a boon; manna.But like any universal good on this earth, there are those who disapprove. PETA, for example, and for obvious reasons. Luckily, I don’t see PETA successfully instituting global bacon sharia anytime soon. On the other hand, they may not have to. Just as there are universally good things in this world, there are universally stupid things. I call them progressives.And guess what they’re coming for next? Your kids.Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. The Associated Press Takes Sides Again

Consistent with the operations of the 29% fringe political elites who have no problem with the Ground Zero mosque, the Associated Press has ordered a full stop on usage of “Ground Zero Mosque.”Please click here for the rest of the post.

7. On a Personal Note

On a personal note, as I mentioned the other day, tonight I will be guest hosting for Herman Cain on WSB radio out of Atlanta from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET. The station can be heard on 750 AM and 95.5 FM in Georgia. Both get tremendous range across the southeast.Likewise, if you’d like, you can listen live here. Just say a prayer that I have wisdom and tongue control please. It should be fun. And thanks to Herman and WSB for allowing me to fill in.Note to Sean Hannity: I’m coming in right after you on WSB, so you better do a good job. 😉



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