Morning Briefing for June 21, 2011

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1. When The Boys In Leadership Flee, Will The Freedom Fighters in the House Hold the Line?

Tuesday night felt pretty good, didn’t it? The House GOP, joined by five Democrats, voted for Cut, Cap, and Balance. Finally, the House led on solid reform to turn the tide. Senators got active quickly to undermine the effort and still the House held the line.

Great, wasn’t it? The Gang of 234 stood for freedom and, as an added bonus, gave a wonderful middle finger to the Gang of 6 and its plan to raise taxes more than any other Congress in the history of the Republic all while pretending its offering up tax cuts.

All the while, even as members of the House were voting, the Republican Leaders in the House were conspiring against House members to cut their legs out from under them.

Reporters are starting to whisper to each other and some are even starting to write about it. John Boehner and Eric Cantor are ready to give up. The vote was just for show. They think because Cut, Cap, and Balance won’t pass the Senate, it is time to embrace either MItch McConnell or Gang of Six. It’s sad that House leaders want their own to pick their poison, Pontius Pilate or Gangrene. Fellas, if you haven’t noticed, poison kills you.

But it’s not just that. House Leaders want to also throw in a few smoke and mirrors. They want a “short term deal”. Have we not punted enough? Have we not kicked the can down the road enough? We don’t need a short term deal. We don’t need to waiver. We don’t need to falter. We don’t need to fail. We need to hold the freaking line. We’ve got a plan, folks. Respect the plan.

When the boys in leadership run off the battlefield, will the freedom fighters in the House hold the line?

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2. Thirty Problems with the “Gang of Six” Proposal

Analyzing the six-page “Gang of Six” proposal for rewriting the federal budget is like measuring a bucket of water by holding the water in your hands.

Having said this, it looks like Coburn, Crapo, and Chambliss got their clocks cleaned.

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3. Eric Holder’s Banana Republic Style Attack on Rupert Murdoch and News Corp

Rupert and James Murdoch were a great tag team yesterday before the Parliamentary inquiry. In fact, I dare say the pie attack coupled with Mrs. Murdoch’s response lent sympathy toward the Murdoch clan and ultimately helped Rupert Murdoch take the upper hand in the hearings.

But in this country, Media Matters, the left in general, and the Obama Administration are savoring the possible destruction of News Corp, which they view as an enemy.

It’s both sad and funny that the Obama Administration and Democrats are considering stretching the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act relating to bribing foreign officials to try to kill off one of the handful of major news organizations not giving Obama a free, near propagandistic ride like MSNBC does.

But what’s so hilariously hypocritical about all of this comes down to Eric Holder and bananas. Nope, not kidding.

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4. Twitter Kills the Most Important State Level Conservative Group in the Country

I have long considered Empower Texans to be the most important and effective state level conservative grassroots organization in the country. These people are not just respected in Texas; they are feared. It is an awesome thing to behold.

Michael Quinn Sullivan and company do excellent work educating Texans on the men who go to Austin claiming to be conservatives only to turn left out of the eyes of their constituents.

And they use Twitter as part of their communication strategy. In fact, twitter is a key component of their outreach. Or at least it was.

Today, Twitter not only shut down the Empower Texans twitter feed, but it also shut down the twitter feeds of every individual who works for Empower Texans.

Twitter is a private organization. It can do what it wants. But I am very troubled that it did so without explanation and without anyone for Empower Texans to contact.

If this was an orchestrated effort on the part of others to flag Empower Texans as a spam account such that Twitter’s computer system would automatically can it, Twitter has a serious security problem.

It was a man made decision, Twitter has even bigger problems.

Either way, it needs to fix this.

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5. The Politico’s True Colors

The Politico has been losing more and more good writers of late and, correspondingly, has been more and more prone to run Democrat talking points in their articles.

It’s becoming more apparent why the Politico is showing its Democrat colors and becoming more Huffington Post like.

Let’s review:

John Harris is married to either the present or former head of NARAL in Virginia.

Jonathan Allen used to work for Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

And now Andy Barr is leaving to go work for the Democratic Party. So, in other words, he can’t even hide behind the excuse that he has a personal relationship with person X. Noooo . . . he’s going to shill for the party.

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