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Morning Briefing for August 11, 2010

RedState Morning Briefing
For August 11, 2010

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1. Ken Buck Wins

On December 21, 2009, I asked a very simple question:

Why exactly must we support Jane Norton in Colorado instead of Ken Buck? I’m not saying I am or am not, but why must I? Lots of people think we must because the same guys in Washington who said Charlie Crist was our best hope in Florida say she is in Colorado.

The blowback was tremendous. Lots of people immediately accused me of trying to hand Colorado to the Democrats.But like I did with Marco Rubio all the way back on March 19, 2009, and like I did with Mike Lee and Bob Bennett back in September of 2009, and Nikki Haley back in August of 2009, and like I did with Rand Paul back in March of this year, I have persevered for Ken Buck — sometimes despite more criticism than applause. RedState has persevered for Ken Buck too.We at RedState have beaten the bushes for Ken Buck. We have hounded third party groups to get involved for him. We have hounded organizations and people to sit on the sidelines when they leaned toward Norton.Jim DeMint jumped in for Ken. FreedomWorks jumped in for Ken. Gun Owners of America jumped in for Ken. The momentum built. The tide turned. And today I am very, very, very pleased to tell you Ken Buck is the Republican Senate nominee for Colorado.Now I have to tell you something I’ve said before, but few paid attention to. I am quite serious — this Senate primary has meant more to me than any of the others. I’ve gotten to know Ken and his wife. We’ve spent time together. I know in ways I cannot convey how desperately we need a guy like Ken Buck in the Senate with Jim DeMint.Looking at the trends in Colorado, we’ll have him there. Ken Buck wins.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. The Bill McCollum Campaign Looks Desperate and Dead to Integrity

Holy cow. I never would have thought I’d see Bill McCollum stoop to cheap political tricks to try to boost his poll numbers.Short of putting a dead girl or live boy in Rick Scott’s trunk, I don’t think McCollum could have gone lower. Down in Florida, the sitting Attorney General of the state tried to use the powers of his office to destroy a company once owned by his competitor,Rick Scott. Then he apparently found a plaintiff’s lawyer to sue Rick Scott weeks before the primary and coordinated with the lawyer to have the lawyer serve Rick Scott a subpoena at Scott’s own press conference to ensure it was caught on tape by the press.The evidence of coordination and desperate opportunism is abundant.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Ohio Democrats Attack Sean Hannity & John Kasich for Helping Soldiers’ Children

Months ago a lady on the internet both Democrats and Republicans recognize is not quite playing in the same reality the rest of us are leveled a series of unsubstantiated attacks at Sean Hannity and his connection with the Freedom Alliance.The attacks were based on a gross misreading of the Freedom Alliance’s Form 990s on file with the IRS.Through Sean Hannity’s work with the Freedom Alliance, $3.4 million in scholarship money has been distributed and the total scholarship fund now contains $15 million – $10 million of which has been raised through Sean Hannity’s Freedom Concerts. The scholarships go “to those whose parents have been killed or severely injured in their service to our Country.”There is no “there” there. The allegations were B.S.The Freedom Alliance supports soldiers and their children. Sean Hannity’s work for the Freedom Alliance has been invaluable — raising more than $10 million.Recently, in Ohio, former congressman John Kasich, now running for Governor of Ohio, appeared with Sean Hannity at one of the Freedom Concerts held to benefit the Alliance.The Democrat response? Attack and try to discredit the Freedom Alliance. The Democrats are trying to make toxic the act of associating with a charity that supports the children of fallen soldiers.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Democrat Jack Conway Uses Racist Tyler Clay Collins to Smear Rand Paul

Democrat and Jack Conway supporter Tyler Clay Collins went to the Kentucky Fancy Farm Picnic this past weekend (a big deal in Kentucky) and began mouthing off some vile and offensive racist sentiments.Tyler Clay Collins also held up a sign disparaging immigrants to the country. Tyler Clay Collins wanted everyone to know how much he hates non-white immigrants to the United States. Tyler Clay Collins is a HUGE Jack Conway supporter. Conway is the Democrats’ Senate nominee for Kentucky against Rand Paul.There’s just one small fact I left out. Tyler Clay Collins, a Democrat supporter of Jack Conway, spent his time mouthing off racist sentiments while pretending to be a support of Rand Paul’s.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. The Ground Zero Mosque and The Obama Administration

The debate over the “Ground Zero Mosque” presents two separate questions:(1) Whether the mosque is wrong and should be stopped.(2) Whether some arm of the government should be the ones to stop it.Tellingly, liberal defenders of the project have talked almost exclusively about the second point, and avoided the first.Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. Obama vs. Obama – Afghanistan edition

Huffington Post Video Editor Ben Craw has put together a devastating video of President Obama debating Senator Obama about Obama’s Afghanistan war strategy.Craw accomplished this fete using clips of Senator Obama questioning Rice about Iraq in January 2007 with comments President Obama has made about his own Afghan exit strategy in a speech in March 2009, an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes” in March 2009, an address to the nation in December 2009, remarks to the troops in Afghanistan in March, an interview with ABC in April, and an appearance on ABC’s “The View” in July.Watch for yourself.Please click here for the rest of the post.

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