Good morning from Denver, or at least from 33,000 feet up headed to Denver for most of you.Lots of feedback on the Morning Briefing’s format — seriously, my email service strained under the bulk of more than 11,000 responses. Thanks for all the kind words. Good afternoon in Sweden, Chad. God bless you too Debbie and everyone else. Steve, this is kind of yesterday’s news to you in Australia, right?Most overwhelmingly love the experiment, but those who don’t have a very real need for the original. So let’s flesh out some sort of amalgamation this morning — for those of you in Rio Linda, go here
.I’ll try to give a more personal overview of the day ahead before going in depth as we’ve always done. But here’s the deal — I don’t want to burn out. Some days may be shorter than others. You can always skip right to the headlines. Some days I may be out all night with friends and just go straight to headlines. Some days, like today, I may have a lot on my mind.And for the record, the alarm clock wanted a chocolate cupcake this morning, not Lucky Charms. She got oatmeal, yogurt and Jetsons Meet the Flintstones.So now, the Morning Briefing and first, the headlines:
Now, here’s my quick take on the news of the day. You can scroll down if you like straight to the in depth look at the headlines.
While You Were Sleeping
Jim DeMint SurgesFrom Pennsylvania and Pat Toomey to Florida and Marco Rubio, the GOP is coming home to Jim DeMint. There are still days to go in Indiana for the GOP to go to Marlin Stutzman too. A poll came out with an odd sample spread over a week in which Jim DeMint endorsed Stutzman, Mike Huckabee endorsed Stutzman, etc. And the polling didn’t pick any of that up. Everyone knows this is Dan Coats’s race to lose. We should help him lose it. What’s sad is that the grassroots have beaten the NRSC in Pennsylvania and Florida and looks on the way to giving the NRSC a run for its money in Indiana, Colorado, California, and elsewhere. Why sad? We should be working together, not against each other. But the NRSC has decided to shun the base and dictate from Washington out of touch with the people affected by the dictates.By the way, where is Sarah Palin on Indiana? Her silence is curious given the aggressiveness in which she has endorsed against the establishment. Her voice or silence could be key. Governor, there is still time to be bold and Go Marlin.Rubio WinsThe story everyone is missing is simple: Marco Rubio won the Republican Primary in Florida. He now becomes the biggest threat to the Democrats in the nation. Why? Rubio is Cuban/Hispanic/Latino (whatever the media kids are saying these days) and Democrats believe they have a monopoly on non-white politicians at that level. They will unload everything on him while Charlie Crist is trying to find an orange man group to belong to (how many people just thought of John Boehner too?).The GOP and DiversityThe media narrative has for so long been that the Republican Party is the party of white guys. And among the establishment it is true. The NRSC lined up behind Charlie Crist, shunning the Latino. In Texas, the establishment compelled Kay Bailout Hutchison to stay in the Senate instead of taking a chance on Michael Williams, a black man.So the . . . wait for it . . . moderates in the GOP are shutting out other candidates, but conservatives are lining up behind people like Ted Cruz and Michael Williams in Texas, Nikki Haley in South Carolina, and Marco Rubio in Florida.While the media is playing up divisions among Republicans, it is the GOP that saw everyone rally to elect a pro-choice senator in Massachusetts and will now rally to elect a Latino in Florida. When’s the last time the Democrats rallied to a pro-lifer? But let’s not spoil the narrative and talk about Democrat divisions.ImmigrationThe Democrats are out with their “framework” for immigration. The media is trying its best to treat the Democrats seriously. Don’t.The Democrats are masters of the race card — it’s like three card monty with Latinos, blacks, and women in the deck. They just keep shuffling them up and trying to obfuscate what’s going on. Don’t believe me? The President intentionally left out white people from his “We’re Doomed” speech. The Democrats think if they fire up on immigration they can head into November without all but the most liberal of white voters who are perfectly fine with socialism.In this case, the Dems have no interest in actually pushing immigration legislation. They’ve just had a few bad weeks at the polls and need to get their election game face on. So they’ll pull out a few race cards and throw them on the table to have the media turn them into trump cards. Two days ago Senator Bob Menendez said Arizona was going to be the “show us your papers” state. Yesterday the Democrats’ immigration plan contained a provision to require everyone to show papers to get a job. This morning the Democrats are trying to get “Springtime for Hitler” adopted as Arizona’s state anthem. They’ve demagogued on race for so long, Democrats don’t know how to have an honest discussion about it.The first few pages of their plan (yeah, I have a copy) make it look like a massive new government jobs program (funding, agents, administrative staff, new ports of entry, equipment, blah, blah)… It doesn’t require the border to be secure or set a benchmark for verifying reduced illegal entry before amnesty takes effect, just that money be spent and government agents be hired. And oh yes, there is amnesty.The SpinThe media buys the Democrats’ spin that we’re not going to round up all the illegals and throw them out. We’ve entered a perverse realm where people act shocked that being illegal is . . . illegal.So since we can’t round up all the illegals and deport them, we are going to surrender the war on terror. That’s the ultimate outcome of the logic. I mean, heck, they tell us we’ll never stop having people wanting to kill us. So we’re all going to commit suicide — at least culturally.Hey, you people getting your knickers in a wad, I’m just playing along with the logic that says we must give up because the goal is impossible.And the Quick Hits(A) PrioritiesNational Journal Group is going through a reorganization. They are ditching columnist Stuart Taylor, but they’ll be keeping on Andrew Sullivan so he can keep investigating Trig Palin. Isn’ it pathetic by the way that the media would much rather focus on birthers than on a prominent media group’s start blogger obsessing about Trig Palin’s parentage? But no, there is no bias.(B) Goldman Interferes with SEC’s Porn WatchingThe SEC is sending the Goldman Sachs investigation to the Justice Department. In addition to the investigation distracting the SEC from its porn habit, the Obama Administration wants to play tough guy to its friends it claims it didn’t get all that money from.By the way, Goldman et al stand to make billions off of the Financial Deform bill that is allegedly designed to crack down on Wall Street.(C) White House’s OilThe White House is playing a greater role in the Gulf of Mexico oil slick. You’d expect Obama to reconsider his alleged off-shore drilling proposal except he won’t because that proposal really didn’t do anything anyway.(D) Something Wicked This Way ComesOur media doesn’t understand the European Financial Crisis as it should, but in a nutshell our prices are about to start going up as the financial crisis spreads. This is not going to end well and the spill over will be painful.Now back to
I realize that I am preaching to the choir on Redstate when I say we need: Chuck DeVore, Marco Rubio and Marlin Stutzman in the US Senate. We do.We need three firm votes in the Senate AGAINST bailouts, Obamacare and the many tax increases that our coming our way to pay for both. We need strong defenders of the 2nd amendment, life, traditional marriage and wait for it…REAL BORDER SECURITY!In Marco, Chuck and Marlin we have candidates with strong and proven conservative principles. On a day when a candidate with no principles is about to switch to “No Party Affiliation” it’s nice to celebrate and support three conservative candidates who know what they believe – and why they believe it.Please click here for the rest of the post.
Lost amid all the flurry regarding Arizona’s new immigration law and Obama’s efforts (with Republican assistance) to have the federal government run Wall Street has been the nomination of Federal District Judge Robert N. Chatigny to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. But you should care. A lot.Why? Circuit court judges have a great deal of power and influence. Yet, this is a man who abused his power as a judge to help a rapist/serial killer, attempted to strike down the sex offender registry known as Megan’s law (a decision later unanimously overturned by the Supreme Court) and sentenced child porn distributors well below the sentencing guideline range. In particular, his unethical handling of the case of “the Roadside Strangler,” serial killer Michael B. Ross, is one of the most egregious displays of arrogance and abuse of power by any judge in recent memory.And that doesn’t even come close to giving you the full picture of just how out of touch this man is with both the American public and his responsibility to call balls and strikes as a judge. To do that, you need to read and/or view the following . . .Please click here for the rest of the post.
There’s been an enormous amount of heat and not much light on the new Arizona immigration law. I lose track from time to time of which state the Left is hating at the moment – I believe in the past year or so we’ve been through at least Massachusetts, Louisiana, Texas, Alaska, Virginia and Arizona, but I could be missing a few – but the mostly emotional response from people who have no idea how the bill actually works has consisted in large part of Democrats and media liberals taking a break from lecturing us about calling people Nazis to go back to their traditional practice of calling people Nazis themselves. Despite this, or perhaps as the cause of it, polls have shown fairly strong support for the bill; Gallup shows a 51-39 lead for the bill nationally among people who have heard of it, Rasmussen shows 60% support nationally for the bill’s provisions and 70% support in Arizona, as well as surging approval ratings for Gov. Jan Brewer. It’s harder to get a fix on the reaction from Latinos; a Rasmussen poll seems to suggest a majority of Arizona Latinos also approve, while Markos Moulitsas is pushing PPP polling data suggesting a dropoff in support for Brewer among Latino voters.In terms of the bill’s actual effects, Andrew McCarthy and Byron York shed some useful light on the real workings of the legislation, and I recommend you read both. There’s a lot more care that went into drawing this legislation up in response to public outcry in the state than the news reports might suggest.Please click here for the rest of the post.
I used to lament the fact that we no longer have a President who can speak on his own without being spoon-fed words via teleprompter. Now, however, I’m glad for it. Obama’s reliance on being fed his words makes him unable to speak extemporaneously without revealing his true beliefs. He did so again, when he decided to ad lib during a speech on Wall Street reform, and his old favorite – redistribution of wealth – came to the forefront. Please click here for the rest of the post.
MMS’s Annual SAFE Awards Luncheon is usually held in conjunction with the mammoth oil industry trade show, the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston. The SAFE Awards honor those companies with exemplary safety and environmental performance during the previous year. The evaluation is based on records from MMS’s active inspection programs.This year’s SAFE Awards Luncheon, scheduled during next week’s OTC, has been postponed due to the ongoing Deepwater Horizon incident.Oh, by the way, among the 2010 SAFE Award finalists: BP Exploration & Production Inc.Just sayin’.Please click here for the rest of the post.
I guess I should be, but I’m not in the least bit shocked by the lack of media attention to Barack Obama’s comment about salary. Lori is right — when the man gets off the teleprompter, he really reveals his true inner socialist.Now, where’s a great place to have a beer in Denver? Um . . . for this evening, not breakfast.Have a great day.