Morning Briefing for January 25, 2011

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For January 25, 2011

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1. Why 2012 Is Not 1996

A little history can be a dangerous thing, and in advance of Tuesday’s State of the Union Address by President Obama, political commentary will be focusing on Obama’s ability to replay 1995-96, when President Clinton rebounded from a similar rout in the midterm elections to more or less coast to re-election (while Clinton finished below 50% of the popular vote, it was only a “coming home” of Republicans in the campaign’s closing weeks that averted a more lopsided result; the outcome was not seriously in doubt).Undoubtedly, Obama will have the opportunity to take advantage of many of the same dynamics that favored Clinton’s re-election, and he may succeed for those and other reasons. But history never repeats itself precisely. It is worthwhile to reflect on the many things that worked to Clinton’s benefit that Obama can’t count on.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. The Over-Promiser-In-Chief

President Barack Obama is known as a great orator. One would think that this skill would serve him well during the State of the Union tomorrow, yet his public speaking is fast becoming his biggest liability. It is because the American people look at many of his biggest promises skeptically.The AP reports in a story titled, “At Obama’s Midpoint, an Altered State of the Union” that the President has a record of promises kept and promises broken. Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Flattered by the Attacks

Shortly after Keith Olbermann announced he was leaving MSNBC, I had to laugh on twitter about it. That, naturally, brought out the hate.In the past seventy-two hours I’ve been told to get AIDS and die, die in a fire, f*** off, choke on a d**k, burn in hell, and the like. Not content to just hurl insults, shortly after RedState’s annual post on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade appeared, the left decided to willfully misread the post and accuse both me and this site of calling for open and armed rebellion against the United States.Nothing could be further from the truth.While I am flattered (read: deeply insulted) that the left has decided to make me the right wing equivalent of Keith Olbermann and target me and my various employers for harassment, they have built a case out of nothing.First, I’d like to point out that I did not, contrary to the claims, write the post. However, I do stand by it.Second, the accusation of the left is that both I and this site are calling for armed rebellion due to the persistent legal killing of children in this country. They are both lying and ignorant of history.Let’s review.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Another Tax on the Poor

Liberals, with the signature of President Bush, have driven up the cost of being poor in this country yet again.That’s right — beginning this year in California and next year everywhere else, the incandescent lightbulb is being banned.Now, the environmentalists say that’s not true — the bulb is just being phased out for new energy efficient light bulbs. But it is the reality. The cheap incandescent is being tossed aside for LED bulbs, halogen bulbs, compact fluorescents, etc.It will be a failure of the Republicans in Congress if the incandescent bulb goes away. The replacements are all more expensive, many of them more hazardous, and the result is an increase in the cost of living for the poor in this country.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. Looking for the Union Label? AFL-CIO Cries Foul Over Marriott’s Porn Ban

Last I heard, most porn stars weren’t wearing the union label—or any label for that matter. Sure, the SEIU unionized some strippers (sorry, exotic dancers) several years ago but, by and large, most sex workers are union-free. In fact, it’s pretty rare (though not unheard of) that a porn star ever earns the the claim to SAG membership. This is why the outrage by the wankers at the AFL-CIO over Marriott’s decision to ban pornography in its hotels is so…er…entertaining.Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. Jack Murphy Must Step Down

If you live in Georgia, you are experiencing a total meltdown of Republican leadership in the State Senate. You, as a voter, are going to need to take action. For the reasons set forth below, one of the best first steps is to go to and follow the link to call your state senator about Senator Jack Murphy.Please click here for the rest of the post.



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