Morning Briefing for May 26, 2011

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For May 26, 2011

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1. The Washington Post Goes All-In On Left Crazy: Welcome Think Tanked!

Many of us received a spam email this morning from the Washington Post, announcing they’d hired yet another left-wing thug cheerleader (snazzy uniform optional) for yet another made-up reporting gig that will inevitably degenerate into yet another look-at-the-dirty-racist-conservatives event. After adding Greg “I Think Union Violence Is Progressive” Sargent and Ezra “The Constitution Is, Like, Really Old and Stuff” Klein, and the late Dave “Kyle MacLachlan After Floating Face Down in a Pool for a Day” Weigel, there is simply no way that the Post thinks anyone is buying the act, and is instead catering to a dwindling audience of baby boomers and Gen-Xers who still don’t get all this internet stuff, but want to be reassured that Republicans are icky. Hey, with the for-profit college goldmine running dry, the Graham family needs to keep from being roasted alive by the shareholders. If you can sell worthless degrees to poor kids, you can cater to left-wing geezers.So, a big welcome to Think Tanked! If we’re lucky, we’ll hardly know you.The ridiculous part is that, as with the Post’s prior additions to its cutting-edge online site — now redesigned to look more like a failing newspaper, but I repeat myself — there is simply no way to disguise the fairly clear left-wing advocacy at work here. Let’s start with the press releasePlease click here for the rest of the post.

2. On Zealots and Zealotry

I want to spend some time talking about zealots and zealotry. Already, the situation is growing out of hand, and I expect it to get even worse as we head further into campaign season. The Rebecca Mansour situation yesterday was a case in point. I cannot tell you the number of people who read the Daily Caller article and still emailed me under the belief that Ms. Mansour’s email account had been hacked. Never mind her admission.You know what I’m talking about.Should any of you dare say anything in the slightest way critical of Sarah Palin, you will be savaged, attacked, and bloodied. The same holds true should you say anything critical of Herman Cain, Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Mike Huckabee, or any of the other candidates, potential candidates, or also-rans.This is not unusual, but I think this campaign season is going to be the worst we have seen in a very long time.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. The Fight of the Century

Much of the rhetoric coming out of Washington today is, not surprisingly, related to medicare and the impact it had on the special election in New York.I am of the opinion that it did not have as much impact as other issues, but there is no denying it had some impact. It just wasn’t, despite left-wing spin, the foundation of the GOP’s disaster.But, coming out of Washington today, the GOP is wringing its hands saying the public just doesn’t understand, the Democrats are demagoguing the issue, and lying.This, friends, is exactly what the Democrats said about the GOP on healthcare in 2010. The GOP should not reduce itself to repeating the Democrats mistakes or defensive rhetoric.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. The Willingness of the Press to Believe Democrat Spin

The press’s ready willingness to believe Democrat spin is yet again driven home this morning by the Republican loss in New York last night. Immediately, the press was adopting Democrat spin that this was all about medicare. The press has a history of doing this.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. Lee Fang: Math is Hard

Lee Fang’s job title at the Center for American Progress is “Researcher”. Heh.Honestly, I’d never heard of this guy until about a month ago, when he made the mistake of thinking he knew something about oil trading, accusing the Koch Brothers of rigging the markets for easy gains. His evidence was, you know, contango. Koch Brothers.Today Fang attacked the freshman Republican from Arizona’s First Congressional District, Paul Gosar. Gosar was at a town hall in his district, discussing, among other things, the Democratic proposal to raise tax rates on the wealthiest Americans.Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. “Dirty Harry” Moves To Shut Out Pro-Gun Rand Paul Amendment

Remember the sleazy tactics used by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to pass ObamaCare? The secret meetings? The refusal to let the American people see the language? The “amendment tree” used to block Republicans from offering amendments on the floor? The use of a House-passed bill as a vehicle to circumvent Senate procedures?Well, all of that sleaziness is back in connection with efforts to extend three anti-gun provisions of post-9/11 legislation.In order to circumvent Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s pro-gun amendment to the bill, Reid has now scuttled the Senate version of the 9/11 extension, tacked everything onto a motion to concur with a House-passed small business bill, and employed a procedure to lock out ALL Republican amendments, including Paul’s pro-gun amendment.Please click here for the rest of the post.



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