Morning Briefing for June 22, 2011

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For June 22, 2011

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1. Jon Huntsman Admitted He Was Representing Barack Obama

One of the big excuses and counters to my argument that Jon Huntsman was disloyal to the President of the United States was that he wasn’t representing the President, but the United States.And the people who make this argument usually say something like, “Well, he may have been disloyal to Obama, but he wasn’t loyal to the country and that’s who he represented.”Except Jon Huntsman, in his own words, saw it differently. In a letter to Barack Obama dated August 16, 2009, in additional to calling Obama a “remarkable leader”, Huntsman wrote that he appreciated the President’s confidence in Huntsman’s “ability to represent you in China.”So Jon Huntsman admitted he was representing Barack Obama to the Chinese, not the United States in generally. And he publicly began consideration of a Presidential campaign against the man he admitted he represented before ceasing that representation. The Newsweek article where he admitted he was considering it happened at the beginning of this year. Huntsman didn’t leave China until May 1st.Republicans should not honor disloyalty to the President at this level, regardless of who that President may be.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. Senate Plans to Abdicate its Confirmation Duties

In recent years, the job of United States Senator has evidently been added to the list of ‘jobs that Americans won’t do.’ Harry Reid’s Senate has categorically shirked its core constitutional responsibility by refusing to pass a budget for over two years. Concurrently, the Senate has been preoccupied with feckless, unconstitutional legislation that fails to deal with any of the paramount public policy problems facing the nation.Today, Chuck Schumer, with the help of Mitch McConnell and Lamar Alexander, plans to vitiate one of the Senate’s few remaining constitutional duties; advising and consenting to presidential appointees. The Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act (S.679), which was never reported out of a committee, would eliminate the confirmation requirement for 200 presidential appointees. This bill would completely abrogate the safeguards against tyranny that were established in the “Appointments Clause” of the constitution. [The Heritage Foundation has a useful primer on the bill.]The bill has seven Republican co-sponsors: Lamar Alexander, Scott Brown, Susan Collins, Mike Johanns, Jon Kyl, Richard Lugar, and Mitch McConnell.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Jen Rubin Continues Her Tragic Self-Beclowning

It figures that when the Washington Post hired a token conservative, they apparently hired someone completely ignorant of the conservative blogosphere. Apparently, they also hired someone who is completely ignorant of even recent Republican political history. Behold her latest offering in her quixotic campaign against the SBA List pledge:Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Labor Refighting the American Civil War

As a boy growing up just outside of Richmond, VA, I used to know a few very sad and sorry human beings. I pity these people, because they lived their lives believing in a myth that had died a well-deserved death over a century before. Yet, in their minds and hearts, these people still kept musing “If only Stonewall Jackson had handled himself better on the first day of Gettysburg.”Today, I still live in the South. In Huntsville, AL, I no longer see people wearing faded-old t-shirts with portraits of Robert E. Lee. However, I picked up the Wall Street Journal and lo and behold, I felt transported back in time to when failed human beings still blamed their circumstances on a war that tore apart America over 100 years ago. Today, I read the words of Chicago Labor Lawyer, Thomas Geoghegan, and imagined him grousing over his bagel. “If only Bobby Lee’s courier hadn’t dropped that battle plan at Sharpsburg. Then we wouldn’t be losing all our high-paying union jobs to that G—D— Johnny Reb!”Please click here for the rest of the post.