Morning Briefing for July 19, 2011

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For July 19, 2011

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Friends, I’d set up a call center today to get you to call your Congressmen to support Cut, Cap, and Balance and also to oppose the McConnell Pontius Pilate Act, but the guys at Heritage Action for America are outdoing themselves. They stand with us in the fight for freedom and on these issues.Go sign up for Heritage Action’s emails and they’ll also put you on the path to defeating McConnell’s Pontius Pilate Act. Sign up today and help stop the big spenders in Washington.

—Erick

1. If You Support Mitch McConnell, We Don’t Support You

2. Now We See It All. Mitch McConnell’s Pontius Pilate Act Is Cover for Tax Increases

3. Seven Reasons Why August 2 Isn’t the End of the World

4. Pop Goes the Weasel

5. Palin Again.

6. Republicans Who Support Mitch McConnell’s Plan Should Be Deeply Worried by a New CBS News Poll

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1. If You Support Mitch McConnell, We Don’t Support You

I am instituting a new policy here at RedState. In the future, as we support candidates for the U.S. Senate in Republican Primaries, we will not support any candidate who goes on the record supporting Mitch McConnell as Senate Republican Leader.That does not preclude them from voting for McConnell once they get there if there are no better options. But when looking to endorse candidates, those who express a willingness to support someone else first will certainly be given more attention.Why?Well, it is not just that Mitch McConnell is yet again screwing both the Republican Party and the country. He has a history of playing things to his advantage, even when it means hurting the country and his own political party.If Mitch McConnell will not turn from his history of failed leadership, we must encourage those running for the Senate to turn from McConnell.Let’s review the tape, shall we?Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. Now We See It All. Mitch McConnell’s Pontius Pilate Act Is Cover for Tax Increases

Well, well, well. As Monday’s news cycle gets into full gear, we’re starting to see exactly what Mitch McConnell, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi are cooking up for the American public — pretend spending cuts and very real tax increases.It is like the GOP learned nothing from No Child Left Behind. In NCLB, the GOP let liberals like Teddy Kennedy write the legislation and when the legislation’s very foreseeable outcomes appeared, the GOP got the blame for the disaster the law wrought on the public school system.And now we’re going to get a new deficit commission that is actually just going to raise taxes.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Seven Reasons Why August 2 Isn’t the End of the World

Washington is currently borrowing about 43 cents out of every dollar it spends, and is close to maxing out its credit limit.Current law says Uncle Sam cannot borrow more than $14.3 trillion. A few months back, the Obama Administration demanded that Congress increase the national credit line by $2.5 trillion by May 16, or else, it warned, the United States would default on its debts, causing an “economic Armageddon.” ($2.5 trillion is just enough to aver the need for another debt hike until after the 2012 election.)When May 16 came and went, and nothing happened, the Obama team set a new “Armageddon” date: August 2.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Pop Goes the Weasel

Those of you who have read my pieces in the past know that I was pushing for congressional Republicans to fight for deficit reduction on the continuing resolution. This didn’t happen.Instead, explained the GOP, (1) it would be so much easier and risk-free to use the debt limit, and (2) besides, they were about to unveil a budget which would be widely applauded because (A) the press loves Paul Ryan and (B) no one could attack Medicare changes which left benefits intact for everyone over 55.Uh…Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. Palin Again.

CNN did a brilliant job covering the launch of the Sarah Palin documentary, “The Undefeated.” As CNN notes,”The film’s distributor, ARC Entertainment, said the film averaged $5,000 per screen Friday and Saturday night, with sold-out screenings at several locations. ARC Entertainment said in a statement “… with the strong initial showing, the film is going to a wider release footprint later this month.””In fact, the Palin film is dazzling people by just how well a film of its type is doing with no traditional promotion. Even movies like The Passion of the Christ, which largely relied on alternative publicity mechanisms, still had a great deal of traditional promotion, studio support, and media buzz.“The Undefeated” is different. In addition to being a political documentary, it is not backed by a studio, does not have major media buzz, and continues to sell out in showings around the country.More impressive, there are continued reports of people who didn’t care for Palin or had no opinion of her (the few that remain) who came out impressed with her in the movie.Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. Republicans Who Support Mitch McConnell’s Plan Should Be Deeply Worried by a New CBS News Poll

Republicans backing Mitch McConnell’s Pontius Pilate Act should be deeply, deeply worried by a new CBS News Poll. The poll shows the public is very unhappy with the way things are going in Washington.In fact, 51% of Republicans and 73% of Independents disapprove of the way the GOP is handling the debt ceiling. “But wait,” you say. “That must mean they want to go with the Democrats.”Except for a few things we can interpret from this poll consistent with other polls.Please click here for the rest of the post.