EDITOR OF REDSTATE
Morning Briefing for August 10, 2010
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During a school trip to Washington a group of students were ordered by a park service security guard standing watch over the Lincoln Memorial to stop singing the national anthem.
And word came late last night that Republicans have a serious shot at something once thought impossible — taking back the United States Senate.
It took the GOP 40 years to take back Congress and 12 years to lose it again. The Democrats look on course to lose the whole thing after only 4 years thanks to Barack Obama.
What do singing the national anthem and the GOP taking back Congress have to do with each other?
Voters are so hacked off they are of a revolutionary frame of mind — throwing the bums out through violence at the polls. That is far better than the alternative.
Over at The Corner yesterday, Jonah Goldberg posted the newly released cover of the new book coming out from Markos Moulitsas. Noting the strangely familiar cover, he remarked:
“Kos’ book cover approaches the highest form of flattery”
Indeed. You’re probably wondering what the smiley face really has to do with Markos’ book. I mean, with Liberal Fascism, it makes sense. In fact, it’s even explained in the book. But what does it mean with Markos?
Well little does Jonah know that a lot of process and astrology went into this cover selection. They had to go through several iterations of the book before finally arriving at the reasonable decision of tying the American Flag into a turban and calling Republicans terrorists. And luckily for you fine folks at RedState, my vast network of publishing industry contacts were able to retrieve for me some of the discarded versions of the cover EXCLUSIVELY!! Once you see them, I think you’ll better understand the thought processes here.
I am sad to report that Ted Olson is no longer worth listening to on legal matters or worth hiring by anyone who respects the Constitution. In his quest to legalize gay “marriage,” Olson is heading the challenge in court to California’s Proposition 8, passed in 2008 by the people of California to disallow state recognition of such “marriage.”
This is not an indictment of Olson as a person – he is an unfailingly nice and upstanding human being by all accounts. But, I cannot trust the legal judgment of a fellow who claims to be conservative and yet who clearly believes the Constitution should be used by the Judiciary to invalidate the will of the people based on a protection that does not exist in the Constitution. THAT is the definition of judicial activism – not what Mr. Olson weakly claimed on Fox News Sunday yesterday, that “most people use the term judicial activism to explain decisions that they don’t like.”
That simply is not true. At all. And it’s disingenuous for him to claim he is not advocating for judicial activism to achieve his preferred policy outcome.
This is a joke, right? Surely not even this administration is going to let people die of AIDS – even if they’re convicts – by going after humane correctional policies designed to keep uninfected convicts from being infected while still providing the infected treatment and counseling. Even if it does mean removing terminally ill, infectious convicts from the general prison population. That’s just not right.
“South Carolina received a letter from the now-infamous Civil Rights Division that the policy of keeping infected inmates at a designated facility, instead of scattered across the state in the general prison population, may unfairly stigmatize infected prisoners. To the Obama political appointees in the Civil Rights Division, this constitutes discrimination under the Americans With Disabilities Act.”
But apparently that’s going to be policy. At least, if the White House has its way.
The Obama deficit commission is set to make its report on December 1. The commissioners have been meeting about once a month since the commission took form, but they are still reportedly “studying the problem.” Staff is obviously working, but at this point, it seems that a lot of the commissioners are putting together their own laundry lists of what could be done, whether its discretionary cuts, entitlement reforms, or tax increases. This is basically all a slow-walk until after the November election, at which point the Obama appointees and the commissioners who want to pass something can figure out what the political landscape is.
Here is what we know. Sen. Judd Gregg has reportedly opined that the deficit commission could produce a bipartisan, “historic” package on par with Obamacare. Gregg and former Clinton OMB director, Alice Rivlin, are in charge of of the Social Security portion of the report. Remember that Gregg is also a top lieutenant of Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. McConnell, for his part, has also been telling people, including Fred Barnes, that he expects the commission to produce something that a bipartisan majority can coalesce around. However, such talk of a “historic” and “bipartisan” report in the midst of a lame duck session is deeply unsettling.
There seems to be an expectation that a deal would likely be some amalgamation of discretionary cuts and a deal on Social Security, which fits with the Gregg “historic” adjective. Since there is no conceivable way that Democrats would accept personal accounts in Social Security, already this is a lose, lose scenario for conservatives where the commissioners are headed toward the dead-end cul de sac of “solvency,” i.e. making the Social Security Trust Fund’s numbers (the Trust Fund is an accounting fiction rigged to hide the fact Social Security contributions are spent on government largesse) add up on a spreadsheet.
In Austin, TX today, Obama said:
“Well, we can politick for three months. They forgot I’m pretty good at politicking.”
There is only one possible response to this statement: He may be pretty good at ‘politicking’, but he sure as heck is a miserable failure at governing.