Morning Briefing for March 2, 2012

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March 2, 2012
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1. RedState Gathering 2012

Registration for our 4th Annual RedState Gathering is officially open! I would like to extend exclusive, early bird registration and pricing to RedState Morning Briefing subscribers.

The 2011 RedState Gathering featured an all-star cast and schedule, highlighted by Governor Rick Perry announcing his Presidential campaign. Without a doubt, this year’s RedState Gathering — double the length of last year’s event and just weeks out from the Republican National Convention — will prove to be the best one yet.

The 2012 RedState Gathering will be held August 2-5 at the Omni Jacksonville Hotel in Jacksonville, Florida. With two full days of speakers and activities this year, the schedule will not disappoint. We will once again have an all-star lineup and I will share speaker commitments with you as soon as I am able.

One exciting announcement I am able to make is that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will be a keynote speaker.

Governor Jindal’s unprecedented primary landslide re-election just months ago further supported the frequency of his name coming up in the 2012 vice presidential discussion. We are thrilled to have him at the RedState podium this year.

Also, after so many fine compliments the last couple of years about American Majority’s training sessions, we’re taking them from being a sponsor of the Gathering to being our partner.

As I have frequently said, American Majority provides some of the best grassroots training for conservatives anywhere in America. Adding an extra day to this year’s Gathering, we’re going to expand American Majority’s training to make sure we’re not just headed to Florida to listen, but to learn and mobilize for the fight against Barack Obama in November.

So please, go here now and in early before the rates rise. I look forward to seeing you there.

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2. Andrew Breitbart, 1969-2012

It’s always tough to lose a friend. It’s exponentially tougher when that friend leaves behind a wife and four children, who will no longer have their husband and father in their lives, and who should remain in all our prayers.

Add to that just how huge a figure Andrew Breitbart had become in the conservative movement, and you will begin to understand just how big a loss we all suffered yesterday, when we lost a giant.

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3. A Supernova Now Dark

There will be a number of posts from people on this site and others today about Andrew Breitbart. Editorially, you’re supposed to have one post that everyone can rally around, but Andrew Breitbart was such a multifaceted fascinating renaissance man. We each have our own descriptions and stories of Breitbart.

When I first heard the news I thought it was another twitter hoax. But it sadly is not.

Andrew Breitbart was, in every room I ever saw him in, the brilliant bright light and ball of energy people gravitated to and fixated on. It is like a supernova has gone dark.

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4. After the Fact, Romney’s Supporters in Michigan Seemingly Rewrite the Delegate Rules

According to the Michigan Republican Party rules, each candidate who wins a congressional district will win a delegate per district. Romney and Santorum split the districts, so they each got 14 delegates. There are two statewide delegates.

The statewide delegates are divided based on a mathematic calculation for each candidate who gets over 15% of the vote. In Michigan, as Right Michigan explains, Romney and Santorum each got one.

So while Romney got just shy of 2% more of the vote than Santorum in Michigan, he and Santorum split the statewide delegates and wound up tied 15 to 15 in Michigan.

But the Romney camp cannot have that. This is Romney’s home state. Romney has to win.

So last night, the Michigan GOP’s Credentials Committee voted to take a delegate away from Santorum and give it Mitt Romney.

They claim this had all been decided back on February 4, 2012, but it is clear from the memo documenting that meeting that no one else read the delegate count that way.

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5. The World Gets Newer And Braver Every Day.

Perhaps someone smarter and better than I should handle this latest moral outrage of the Secular Anti-Humanists. It deserves opposition greater than that which I could provide alone. However, if nobody protested maybe the very stones would cry out.

The United Kingdom once had a great and venerable institution of higher learning known throughout the entire world as The Oxford University. The school still exists; the greatness can no longer be attested to without vigorous moral dispute. They have financed research for an article entitled “After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?” written by Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva. The abstract of this despicable work of Anti-Humanism follows below.

“Abortion is largely accepted even for reasons that do not have anything to do with the fetus’ health. By showing that (1) both fetuses and newborns do not have the same moral status as actual persons, (2) the fact that both are potential persons is morally irrelevant and (3) adoption is not always in the best interest of actual people, the authors argue that what we call ‘after-birth abortion’ (killing a newborn) should be permissible in all the cases where abortion is, including cases where the newborn is not disabled.”

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