Morning Briefing for September 7, 2011

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For September 7, 2011

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1. Enough

On Fox News, Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham had the best discussion on Sarah Palin I have seen. And Ann said something I have said. But I have not said it nearly as well as Ann did.To paraphrase Ann, a lot of us fell in love with Sarah Palin because of her enemies and a lot of us have fallen out of love with Sarah Palin because of her fans.For the past year, Palin fans have become an online fixture with more venom and insanity than the most rabid Ron Paul fan. They have not evangelized on behalf of Sarah Palin trying to lead people to Sarah Palin, they have freaked a lot of us out.I am at the point of fearing that should Palin not get in the race we’re going to have a Hale Bopp moment with many of her most ardent supporters. These people have become too emotionally invested in one person to discuss that person rationally or even to address serious policy concerns.For the longest time I wanted Sarah Palin to run.At some point, I decided Sarah Palin could not defeat Barack Obama, but I’d rather go down fighting on Team Sarah than side with any of the guys who will just take us down the “big government conservative” path of creeping socialism.Finally, I decided Sarah Palin was not going to run and I moved on. Ultimately, 2012 really is about beating Barack Obama, not what Sarah Palin will or will not do.Unfortunately, as I found out and as others are starting to find out, moving on from Sarah Palin is like leaving Scientology.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. Proposed Questions for the GOP Debate: Time for Specifics

Although a debate stage with eight candidates is inherently conducive to a circus atmosphere, the debate moderators need to focus on questions which elicit substantive answers to specific policy questions from the candidates. Moreover, the liberal moderators from Politico and NBC should remember that they are overseeing a Republican debate. As such, their questions should stem from conservative premises, and should provoke thoughtful responses from the candidates – responses that will demonstrate their visions of conservative governance to a conservative electorate.Another bonus proposal would be for the Reagan Library to screen the audience more carefully to prevent outbursts of cheers and jeers, thereby engendering a more serious atmosphere than the previous debate (yes, we’re looking at you, Ron Paul supporters).Here are some proposed questions.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Mitt Romney beclowns the Netroots on job growth.

I don’t normally devote the front page of RedState to Twitter nonsense from the Online Left – aside from everything else, the netroots are horrifically bad at Twitter, which makes it not quite sporting – but I’ll make an exception in this case.The short version: the campaign of Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney put out a chart today as part of his jobs plan that happened to show historical data on our five most recent recessions. It was done up as a bar graph, with red and blue bars: the red bars showed jobs lost in the recession, while the blue bars showed the jobs added in the 24 months following. I’m quoting, by the way: the legend was clearly printed on the chart. Here, look for yourself.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Job Creation vs. Career Politician: The Romney Path to Victory

I have written that I thought the better attack for Mitt Romney would be to go after Rick Perry for being a career politician rather than try to discredit, as the Democrats are, Texas’s job creation record under Perry.The reason for this is two fold. First, it would differentiate Romney’s attack from the Democrats and because the “career politician” argument is right for the zeitgeist in this election season. People intuitively give the chief executive of a state credit for job creation in the state in a way similar to giving credit to a CEO for a company’s growth. Yes, yes yes, we know that it is a citizen and business effort in the state in the same way it is an employee effort in a company. But the Governor and CEO steer the ship of state and commerce and they get the credit.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. Post Labor Day Political Analysis: The Arrogance of “the One” has Caused Him to become Undone

As Perry solidified his lead for the GOP nomination, the opposite has happened to “the One,” who, in short, has become obviously and glaringly undone — in a way that has been so dramatic that even the main stream media cannot ignore it, downplay it or talk around it.Basically, if there is a credible pollster, Obama has hit that pollster’s all time low, including Gallup, Quinnipiac, CNN, and the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.Meanwhile, Gov. Rick Perry leads the GOP field by double digits in the following polls: NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, Gallup, Quinnipiac and CNN.The fact that the mainstream media (MSM) has begun reporting that “the One” is in real trouble, is directly related to the fact that Governor Perry began to focus their blindingly bias ways on the fact that there is an alternative the MSM could not paint as a idiot or a nutcase (although they tried).Even Maureen Dowd, in this Sunday’s NYT, mockingly wrote: “The One is dancing on the edge of one term.”Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. From civility to ‘barbarians’ and ‘SOBs’ and the Reverend Wright ‘I didn’t hear it’ defense

President Obama, on yet another taxpayer-funded reelection campaign junket — this one billed as a preview of his upcoming big jobs speech, called for a bipartisan response to his latest plan amidst extreme partisan rhetoric.Please click here for the rest of the post.

7. Media Silent as Audience Instructed to Applaud Obama

What you are about to witness is either awkward or simply military protocol. Either way it’s media bias on display.Please click here for the rest of the post.



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