Morning Briefing for July 14, 2011

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For July 14, 2011

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1. Book Your Rooms For The Gathering

The Third Annual RedState Gathering is coming up very soon — and we’d like to invite you to attend.With the race for the GOP presidential nomination shifting into high gear, this much-anticipated annual gathering promises to be the best one yet.It will be held on August 12-14 at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina — and will feature as its keynote speaker South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.To read all about the Gathering, click here. To register for the Gathering, click herePlease click here for the rest of the post.

2. Jim DeMint Will Be at the RedState Gathering. Will You?

So, let us review.Nikki Haley will be at the RedState Gathering.Rick Perry will be at the RedState Gathering.Ted Cruz will be at the RedState Gathering.And now, Jim DeMint is confirmed to be at the RedState Gathering.Have you registered yet?Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Dear Mr. Speaker

Last night the President engaged in off Broadway theatrics trying to scare the Republicans into folding on debt ceiling negotiations. Playing the role of Hollywood President, not the real President, the President said he didn’t care if this brought down his Presidency and he would not yield. He then dared Eric Cantor to call his bluff.Mr. Speaker, this is a man giving away the game. This is the poker player smiling and shifting in his seat trying to fake you into thinking he has an awesome hand. The dramatics are a Hollywood production — a facade hiding a bitter reality for Barack Obama.Mr. Speaker, this is the strongest sign yet that you should hold the line.David Gergen and I had a conversation last night with Nichole Wallace and Anderson Cooper. Mr. Gergen said something interesting, Mr. Speaker. It got me thinking. He said President Obama had to raise the debt ceiling. He said President Obama just had to do whatever it took to raise the debt ceiling and deal with everything else later.Mr. Speaker, Mr. Gergen is right.See, in history, we remember James Buchanan causing the Civil War. Not Congress.We remember Abraham Lincoln winning the war. Not Congress.We remember Andrew Johnson failing to finish reconciliation the way Lincoln wanted. Not Congress.We remember Woodrow Wilson failing to establish the League of Nations. Not Congress.We remember Herbert Hoover causing the Great Depression. Not Congress.We remember Franklin Roosevelt for saving us from the Depression and war. Not Congress.We credit John F. Kennedy for inspiring a nation of youth and leading us to the moon. Not Congress.We credit Lyndon Johnson with passing the Great Society. Not Congress.We blame Jimmy Carter for out of control inflation in the 70?s. Not Congress.We credit Ronald Reagan with cutting taxes. Not Congress.We blame George H. W. Bush for raising taxes. Not Congress.We praise Bill Clinton for balancing a budget. Not Congress.We credit George W. Bush with No Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D, Immigration Reform attempts, TARP, and the GM bailout. Not Congress.Hell, when people hear Osama Bin Laden is dead, Barack Obama gets the credit, not the SEALs. And we credit him for passing Obamacare, for better or worse, even when Congressional Democrats did all the heavy lifting.You see Mr. Speaker, we know Barack Obama is thin skinned and we know he is mindful of his legacy. This is why Barack Obama stormed out of a meeting with Republicans last night when they confronted him with the fact that his supposed spending cuts are accounting gimmicks.Barack Obama, for the sake of his legacy, cannot afford to be the President under whom America’s credit tanks and under whom America defaults on its debts.History will not blame Congress. History will blame Barack Obama for not doing what it takes to lead and for failing to do what it takes, no matter the cost, to keep the U.S. solvent.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Our Petulant Child President

“US President Barack Obama stormed out of tense debt-limit talks Wednesday with his top Republican foes after declaring he was ready to stake his reelection on the outcome, a Republican aide said.”This isn’t a surprise to anyone who has been playing attention to our child president over the past three years. The Obama administration has been a veritable Mecca for narcissism and incompetence from the time Obama took the oath of office.Now, for the first time since taking office, Obama is forced to make a decision that entailed personal risk. It isn’t a pretty sight.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. Moody’s Rejects McConnell’s ‘Pontius Pilate Act’

Moody’s Investor Services is sending out a pretty clear rejection of Mitch McConnell’s “Pontius Pilate Pass the Buck Act of 2011.”Republicans and Democrats who are spinning it in favor of folding like a cheap suit and just raising the debt ceiling should pay attention.Please click here for the rest of the post.



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