Morning Briefing for March 11, 2011

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For March 11, 2011

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1. Lame Duck II: The Sequel

A lot can happen between now and November, 2012. But let me make a prediction: The next month will either set Barack Obama on a “glide path” toward electoral victory -– or a glide path toward electoral defeat.The Obama-generated narrative is that the next 30 days will be spent trying to come up with a “magic number” (between $10 billion and $61 billion) of Obama-approved spending cuts which are acceptable to both Republicans and the White House. Among other things, this negotiated plan would fund ObamaCare.If this narrative unfolds the way Obama is planning, it will create a political dynamic comparable to the GOP’s botched handling of the lame duck session:

  • In less than three weeks in December, Barack Obama was transformed from a has-been to a 2012frontrunner.
  • Obama paid off restive Democrat constituencies: same-sex couples, foreign policy doves, environmentalists, unions, and New York’s two recently reelected liberal senators.
  • Obama was perceived as a leader who had embraced both bipartisanship and tax cuts.

Similarly, Obama is on the precipice of becoming a hero to every group facing cuts under the House’s long-term funding bill –- while appearing bipartisan and becoming a champion of spending cuts.If this happens, Republicans can forget about any more spending cuts which are not paid for with tax increases. And they can clench their teeth and prepare for the electoral disaster which 2012 will bring.But let me suggest this. . .Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. CRS Report: U.S. is Leader in Fossil Fuel Resources

While Obama continues his implacable war on fossil fuels and campaigns for impotent and unreliable energy sources, he incessantly condemns oil as ‘the energy of the past’. He is obviously referring to his self-fulfilling dream of eradicating oil from our economy; not the proven reality of our oil reserves. According to the latest research by the Congressional Research Service (CRS), America has more proven reserves and undiscovered resources of gas, oil, and coal than any other country in the world. Contrast that to the billions of dollars in special interest subsidies that have failed to ameliorate ineffectual ‘alternative fuels’ and it becomes quite obvious where the energy source of the future lies.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. A Box is in the Eye of the Beholder

On December 11, 2005 former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright went on “Meet the Press” to opine that the Iraq war had been a mistake–worse than that it had de-railed the successful pre-war program of sanctions and a no-fly zone, which had contained the paper tiger.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. The Left’s New Tone? “…you will be killed and your familes will also be killed…”

Because you believe in freedom and fiscal responsibility, you’ve been told that you are racist hate-monger. Because you rallied and held Gadsen Flags, you’ve been called astroturf. You were blamed for a shooting by an anarchist madman. As you’ve watched in horror as your country has been consumed by collectivist unions and crony capitalists, you’ve been accused of advocating slavery and hypocritically excoriated for rhetoric.For all of their false accusations, there is nothing, nothing that compares to this.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. Josh Mandel: A candidate to get excited about

I have to be honest with you. With the exception of Ted Cruz and Michael Williams in Texas and Jeff Flake in Arizona, I am not really that excited about any of the Senate races this year. There are few solid conservative rockstars out there.And yes, if you are thinking I am ignoring candidate X in your state, I’ve thought of them. They’re good. But they are no Rand Paul or Jeff Flake or Mike Lee or Ted Cruz or Michael Williams. Good does not equate rockstar.I might have a new race to get excited about. It appears Josh Mandel is going to run against Vladimir Sherrod Brown (S-OH). Yes, i know I put an “S” and not a “D” next to his name. He’s an unrepentant socialist.Mandel is a solid conservative. He’s the Ohio Treasurer. He’s young. He can win statewide. And should he definitely make a go of it, we should all be willing to rally to him.Please click here for the rest of the post.