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Morning Briefing for March 8, 2010

RedState Morning Briefing
For March 8, 2010

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1. Murder as Politics: An Inconvenient Truth

It is sad that this even has to be pointed out. With Joseph Patrick Bedell, the Democrat and Pentagon shooter, and Joe Stack, the crazed and angry Austinite, being lumped in as Tea Party activists, the right feels compelled to respond to a badly misguided media showing its left-wing bias.Stack and Bedell, like Timothy McVeigh before them, are considered conservatives by the left, despite very clearly hating the right. In fact, if we were to be honest they like McVeigh are of a branch of anarcho-libertarian that hates both left and right.But in a day and age when the media dwells on simple narratives devoid of reality, it is easier to lump them all in as conservatives, helping feed left-wing narratives about a violent right. And so the right must respond.For just one example consider the Associated Press trying to blame Jim DeMint’s rhetoric as incitement for Bedell, a Democrat, and Stack a Marx quoting nut. This is the 2010 equivalent of Bill Clinton blaming Rush Limbaugh for Timothy McVeigh’s bombing in Oklahoma City. Never mind the facts, score points against the right.Therefore, it is time for one of those inconvenient truths.At least since the 19th century, it has been the left employing murder and death as a political weapon. From Hitler to Mao to Lenin to Stalin to Chavez to Castro to Guevera to Arafat to Pol Pot to Mugabe to [insert your favorite American union] to Margaret Sanger the left and its heroes have used death, violence, and murder to advance their agenda.For every Pinochet or Netanyahu the left grasps for, the list is three times as long on the left.It is inconvenient. The left will try to laugh it off or attack the person pointing out, but the truth remains.It is not conservatives burning down homes in Washington State with the ELF. It is not conservatives throwing blood on women wearing fur. It is not conservatives burning down the Texas Governor’s Mansion during riots. It is not conservatives rioting during G-8 summits.It is and has always been the left. Deal with it.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. The House Vote on the Senate Healthcare Bill Is the Final Vote; Obama Will Sign It Into Law

Americans need to understand the devastating significance of the House vote on the Senate health care bill set for March 18th. The Democrats have–by design–created the perfect storm to take over the US healthcare system, while providing an ideal distraction–reconciliation.First, let’s examine exactly how we got here. In late December, while Americans were arguing that no one had read the bill, Leiberman was posturing to vote against the bill with a public option, and the debate on abortion continued, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) took an existing HOUSE-passed bill, H.R.3950–the Service Members Home Ownership Tax Act of 2009–and here’s how it unfolded . . .Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. The Packards Want Carly Fiorina to Pack It In

“If Ms. Fiorina is what passes for conservative in Washington today, then the establishment has veered sadly to the left,” writes Arianna Packard, grand daughter of David Packard, the co-founder of HP, in a letter RedState has obtained a copy of.Back at the turn of the 21st century, David Woodley Packard, the son of the founder, went to war against Carly Fiorina over the HP-Compaq merger. Vanity Fair documented the merger wars. It was not pretty. Both the Hewletts and the Packards opposed the merger.The bitterness from the merger wars lingers on.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Dear Harry Reid: Is Your Ivory Tower Padded?

If Harry Reid’s Ivory Tower isn’t padded, it should be, because he is cuckoo pants. I submit as exhibit A [Harry Reid saying it's good news the U.S. lost jobs] (see the video).Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. Obama Invents Bush’s Idea

CNN is reporting that the White House is considering a military trial for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. WOW! What an inspiration! Why didn’t we think of this before? [face in palm].Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. Robin Carnahan Wants Your Tax $ For Her Brother’s Company

Missouri voters know that the Carnahan family fancies itself a Missouri political dynasty in the style of of the Massachusetts Kennedys. Like the Massachusetts Kennedys, the Carnahans are apparently also big fans of using the federal government to funnel massive amounts of money to their friends and family. Case in point: current Missouri Secretary of State (and presumptive Democrat nominee for the seat being vacated by Kit Bond) Robin Carnahan. A year ago in March, back when the stimulus was a relatively popular idea, Carnahan expressed her strong support for the stimulus as she began her PR campaign for the Democratic nomination.Turns out, however, she had another (somewhat more undisclosed) motivation: her brother Tom Carnahan’s company. Please click here for the rest of the post.

7. Bob Bennett Must Go: His Campaign Staff is on RedState Attacking Conservatives

Here’s a personal reason Bob Bennett must go. His campaign staff has been on RedState under multiple guises attacking not just RedState readers, but also sitting United States Senators who happen to be real conservatives — see e.g. Jim DeMint.It’s bad enough that an apparently married campaign worker is harassing female RedState readers, but to also be on here attacking Senator Jim DeMint, a Utah Sheriff who was merely rumored to be running against Bennett, and conservatives generally is beyond the pale.Please click here for the rest of the post.

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